Bhanu Bandopadhyay

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Bhanu Bandyopadhyay
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Bhanu Bandyopadhyay
Born Samyamoy Bandyopadhyay
(1920-08-26)August 26, 1920
Dhaka, Bengal, British Raj (now in Bangladesh)
Died 4 March 1983(1983-03-04) (aged 62)
Calcutta, India
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Singer
Years active 1945–1983
Spouse(s) Nilima Mukhopadhyay (married in 1946)
Children Gautam Bandyopadhyay.
Basabi Ghatak Bandyopadhyay,
Pinaki Bandyopadhyay
Parents Jitendranath Bandyopadhyay (father)
Suniti Bandyopadhyay (mother)

Bhanu Bandyopadhyay (26 August 1920 – 4 March 1983; born as Samyamoy Bandyopadhyay; also known as Bhanu Banerjee) was a Bengali actor. He acted in over 300 movies, in numerous plays and performed frequently on the radio.

Early life[edit]

Bandyopadhyay was born on 26 August 1920 at Bikrampur, Dhaka. He studied at Pogose School and St. Gregory's High School followed by Jagannath College. He then moved to Calcutta in the 1940s. In his initial years Bandyopadhyay worked at the Steel Control Board.

Career[edit]

He started his acting career as a stand-up comedian in Dhaka. He performed at office parties and then moved on to larger venues. In 1943, he released his first major comic gramophone record Dhakar Gadoane. Its success prompted him to release a new record every year during Durga Puja.[1] Bandyopadhyay's breakthrough film role was in Nirmal Dey's Basu Parivar (1952) where he played a Bangal businessman. The next year his role as Kedar in Share Chuattar made him into a star. His quote in the film Mashima malpo khamu (Aunt, I want malpo) became a popular catchphrase.[1] He went on to act in over 300 movies like Bhrantibilash and Pasher Bari. In most of his films he played comedic roles in which he exaggerated Bengali accents and mannerisms for comic effect.[2] He teamed up with his best friend comedian Jahor Roy for many films like Bhanu Pelo Lottery and the humorous detective story Bhanu Goenda Johar Assistant.[3] Typically, in the pair's films Bandyopadhyay would take the role of the Bangal and Roy would be the comical Ghoti character.[4] Although chiefly known as a comedian, Bandyopadhyay played serious roles in the films Galpa Holeo Satyi, Buro Kaku, Chhabi Jethu, and Tapan Kaku. He also played the lead roles in Jomaloyer Jibonto Manus, Personal Assistant, Miss Priyambada and Ashite Asio na. Later in his career Bandyopadhyay founded his own Jatra group called Mukto Mancha. He produced, directed and acted in his own productions, traveling around the country with the troupe.

Death and legacy[edit]

Bandyopadhyay died of a heart-related illness on 4 March 1983. He left behind his wife, former playback singer Nilima Mukhopadhyay, and their three children, Basabi Ghatak (née Bandyopadhyay), Gautam and Pinaki.[3][5]

On 26 August 2011 Bandyopadhyay's last film Nirdharito Shilpir Onupasthitite (1959) was released on DVD. Gautam Bandyopadhyay, his son, has confirmed the release which coincided with his father's 91st birth anniversary.

Works[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Notes
1947 Jagaran, Abhijog
1948 Sharbohara
1949 Mantramugdha, Ja Hoi Na
1950 Krishan, Tothapi, Digbhranta, Dwairath, Mandando
1951 Barjatri, Palatak, Rupantar, Shetu
1952 Aladin O Ascharya Pradip, Kapalkundala, Jabanbondi, Basu Paribar, Darpachurna, Patri Chai, Pasher Bari, Prarthana, Bindur Chhele, Mahishashur Badh, Ratrir Tapashya
1953 Share Chuattar, Adrishya Manush, Kajori, Keranir Jiban, Natun Ihudi, Pathnirdesh, Banhangshi, Bastab, Bouthakuranir Hut, Boudir Bon, Maharaja Nandakumar, Rakhi, Rami Chandidash, Lakh Taka, Shashurbari, Sat Number Kayedi, Harilakhhi
1954 Atom Bomb, Ora Thake Odhare, Kalyani, Grihaprabesh, Chhele Kar, Jaidev, Jagrihi, Dukhhir Iman, Nil Shari, Boloygrash, Barbella, Bikram Urbashi, Bhangagara, Mani ar Manik, Maner Mayur, Moroner Pore, Ladies Seat, Satir Dehatyag, Sadanander Mela
1955 Ardhangini, Bandish (Hindi), Ek Gao Ki Kahani (Hindi), Aparadhi, Atmadarshan, Chattujjay Barujjay, Chhoto Bou, Joi Ma Kali Boarding, Jyotishi, Dashyu Mohan, Durlav Janam, Devi malini, Nishidhha Fall, Bir Hambir, Bratacharini, Bhalobasha, Rani Rashmoni, Sajghor, Sanjher Pradip
1956 Asomapta, Amar Bou, Ekti Rat, Gobindadas, Tonsil, Taka Ana Pai, Daner Marjada, Mahanisha, Bhadurymoshai, Mamlar Fall, Lakhhahira, Shuvoratri, Shabdhan, Shaheb Bibi Gholam, Suryamukhi
1957 Andhare Alo, Ektara, Ogo Shunchho, Kanchamithe, Khela Bhangar Khela, Ghum, Jibantrishna, Natun Prabhat, Nilachale mahaprabhu, Bashantabahar, Baroma, Madhumalati, Shesh Parichoy, Srimatir Shangshar
1958 Kalamati, Jonakir Alo, Daktarbabu, Nupur, Bhanu Pelo Lottery, Manmoyee Girls School, Jomalaye Jibanta manush, Louhakapat, Suryatoron, Shargo marto
1959 Nirdharita Shilpir Anupasthite, Personal Assistant, Pushpadhanu, Mriter martey Agaman, Shonar Horin
1960 Shaharer Itikatha, Shesh Parjanto, Shokher Chor, Surer Piyashi, Hospital
1961 Kanchanmulya, Kathin Maya, Kanamachhi, Bishkanya, Roybahadur, Mr and Mrs Chowdhury, Shayombara
1962 Agnishikha, Atal Jaler Ahaban, Abhisharika, Dadathakur, Badhu, Mayar Shangshar
1963 Akash Pradip, Chhayasurya, Dui Nari, Dui Bari, Barnochora, Bhrantibilash, Preyashi, Satbhai, High Heel, Hashi Shudhu hashi Noi
1964 Jiban kahini, Dip Neve Nai, Bingshati Janani
1965 Abhoya O Srikanta, Alor Pipasha, Etotuku Basha, Gulmohor, Tapashi, Debotar Deep, Dolna, Mahalogno, Pati Shangshodhini Shamity, Mukhujjay Paribar, Rajkanya
1966 Kal Tumi Aleya, Galpa Holeo Satyi, Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar, Mayabini Lane, Shesh Tin Din
1967 Ashite Ashiyo Na, Anthony Phiringee, Kheya, Nayika Shangbad, Prastar Shakhhor, Miss Priyangbada, Hathat Dekha, Hate Bajare
1968 Apanjon, Garh Nashimpur, Chowrangee, Pathe Holo Dekha, Baghini
1969 Dadu, Ma O Meye, Shukshari, Shabarmati
1970 Aleyar Alo, Pratham Kadam Phul, Rajkumari, Sagina Mahato
1971 Ekhane Pinjar, Pratham Bashanta, Bhanu Goyenda Jahar Assistant, Malyadan
1972 Stree
1973 Nakal Shona, Nishikanya, Bindur Chhele, Roudrachhaya
1974 Sagina, Prantorekha, Shangini
1975 Kabi, Nishimrigaya, Priyo Bandhabi, Sangshar Shimante, Shayongswhidhha
1976 Nandita, Shikarokti, Harmonium
1977 Ashadharon, Ek Je Chhilo Desh, Chhotto Nayak, Ramer Shumati
1978 Bandi
1979 Devdas
1980 Dorpochurna, Priyatoma, Bhagyachakra, Matribhokto Ramprashad, Shondhi
1981 Kopalkundala, Shubarnolata, Pratishodh
1982 Preyoshi, Bijoyinee
1983 Shahar Theke Dure, Shargadapi Gariyashi
1984 Shorgol

Records (Comedy audio clips)[edit]

  • Dhakar Garoan (1943
  • Cinema Bibhrat with Sabitri Chatterjee
  • Babhharambhe Loghukria with Sabitri Chatterjee
  • Shwami Chai
  • Lady Typist
  • Pujor Bajar
  • Bibaha Bima
  • Chandragupta
  • Sputnik
  • Sangeet Chayan
  • Fatiklal
  • Election with Chinmoy Roy
  • Kartababur Deshbhraman
  • Hanumaner Nagar Darshan
  • Lord Bhanu
  • Bhanu Elo Kolkataye
  • Telephone Bibhrat
  • Karta Banam Ginni
  • Paribar parikalpana
  • Naba Ramayan
  • Amon Din O Ashbe
  • Bhanushharananda
  • Rajjotak with Gita Dey
  • Juger Abhijog
  • Ghatak Shangbad
  • Chatujjay Barujjay
  • Sarbojonin Jom Pujo
  • Nayikar Shandhane

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gooptu, Sharmistha (2010). Bengali Cinema: An Other Nation. Taylor & Francis. pp. 128–38. ISBN 0-415-57006-9. 
  2. ^ Sarkar, Bhaskur (2009). Mourning the nation: Indian cinema in the wake of Partition. Duke University Press. pp. 159–60. ISBN 0-8223-4411-4. 
  3. ^ a b Priyanka Dasgupta (December 17, 2010). "Baba thought no one would cry...". Times of India. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Chakrabarty, Dipesh (2002). Habitations of modernity: essays in the wake of subaltern studies. University of Chicago Press. p. 140. ISBN 0-226-10039-1. 
  5. ^ Priyanka Dasgupta. "Bhanu Bandyopadhyay". Times of India. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 

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