Kali Banerjee

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Not to be confused with Statistics professor, Kali S. Banerjee.
Kali Banerjee
Born 20 November 1921
Calcutta (now Kolkata) British India
Died 5 July 1993
Occupation actor
Years active 1940–1993

Kali Banerjee (20 November 1921 – 5 July 1993) was an Indian film actor, who worked in the 1950s-70s in Bengali cinema. Most known for his work with film directors like Satyajit Ray's Parash Pathar (1958) and Ritwik Ghatak's Nagarik (1952) and Ajantrik (1958).

Career[edit]

Starring in many commercial ventures in the 60s',his association with the serious film-makers is what has given the late actor an imperishable place in the history of Bengali cinema. He brought out a convincing portrayal of a young Chinese vendor Wang in the street of Kolkata in time of India's freedom struggle in Mrinal Sen's Neel Akasher Neechey (1959).[1]

He acted in Satyajit Ray's Aparajito (1956), Parash Pathar (1958), Teen Kanya (1961), but it was his association with Ritwik Ghatak, with whom he worked in Nagarik (1952), Ajantrik (1958) that the cinephiles mostly enjoy and want to commemorate.

He played a Bahurupi in Bari Theke Paliye. Then there was Ajantrik, where he was flawless in the portrayal of an idiosyncratic driver Bimal who is love with his car. Besides these Arthouse films,he acted with aplomb in the films such as * Kabuliwala (1956), Badsha, Kinu Gowalar Goli, Gurudokkhina and the Hindi films such as Bawarchi (1972) directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

He acted as the leading character 'Totla Ganesh' (stammering Ganesh) in Satyen Bose's popular hit comedy Barjatri (1951) (English title: The Marriage Procession). The Bengali movie-goer fondly remembers his understated comedy and excellent comic timing in the film.

Filmography[edit]

  • Tatinir Bichar (1940)
  • Burmar Pathey (1947)
  • Putul Nacher Itikatha (1949)
  • Tathapi (1950)
  • Ratnadip (1951)
  • Barjatri (1951)
  • Rani Bhabani (1952)
  • Abu Hossain (1952)
  • Anibarya (1952)
  • Pathik (1953)
  • Nabin Jatra (1953)
  • Nababidhan (1954)
  • Ankush (1954)
  • Rickshaw-Wala (1955)
  • Kalindi (1955)
  • Debi Malini (1955)
  • Raat Bhore (1955)
  • Sabar Upare (1955)
  • Tonsil (1956)
  • Shilpi (1956)
  • Sinthir Sindur (1956)
  • Ratri Sheshe (1957)
  • Raat Ekta (1957)
  • Ogo Shunchho (1957)
  • Khela Bhangar Khela (1957)
  • Kabuliwala (1957)
  • Surer Parashey (1957)
  • Ami Baro Habo (1957)
  • Ajantrik (1958)
  • Parash Pathar (1958)
  • Dakharkra (1958)
  • Louhakapat (1958)
  • Rajdhani Theke (1958)
  • Suryatoran (1958)
  • Agnisambhaba (1959)
  • Bari Theke Paliye (1959)
  • Janmantar (1959)
  • Sonar Harin (1959)
  • Neel Akasher Neechey (1959)
  • Dui Bechara (1960)
  • Kshudha (1960)
  • Natun Fasal (1960)
  • Prabesh Nishedh (1960)
  • Shesh Paryanta (1960)
  • Teen Kanya (1961)
  • Carey Saheber Munsi (1961)
  • Pankatilak (1961)
  • Punashcha (1961)
  • Aamar Desh (1962)
  • Hansuli Banker Upakatha (1962)
  • Shubho Drishti (1962)
  • Akash Pradip (1963)
  • Badshah (1963)
  • Ektukro Agun (1963)
  • Tridhara (1963)
  • Arohi (1964)
  • Dui Parba (1964)
  • Kantatar (1964)
  • Kinu Gowalar Gali (1964)
  • Saptarshi (1964)
  • Subha O Debatar Gras (1964)
  • Dinanter Alo (1965)
  • Surer Agun (1965)
  • Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar (1966)
  • Seba (1967)
  • Kakhano Megh (1968)
  • Boudi (1968)
  • Hangsa Mithun (1968)
  • Jiban Sangeet (1968)
  • Raktarekha (1968)
  • Pratidan (1969)
  • Aleyar Alo (1970)
  • Muktisnan (1970)
  • Rupasi (1970)
  • Shasti (1970)
  • Atattar Din Pare (1971)
  • Janani (1971)
  • Bawarchi (1972)
  • Andha Atit (1972)
  • Ajker Nayak (1972)
  • Bigalita Karuna Janhabi Jamuna (1972)
  • Maa O Mati (1972)
  • Agnibhramar (1973)
  • Debi Chowdhurani (1974)
  • Prantarekha (1974)
  • Natun Surya (1975)
  • Sansar Simante (1975)
  • Swayamsiddha (1975)
  • Umno O Jhumno (1975)
  • Dampati (1976)
  • Hangsaraj (1976)
  • Harmonium (1976)
  • Swikarakti (1976)
  • Nagarik (1977)
  • Pratima (1977)
  • Behula Lakhindar (1977)
  • Ei Prithibir Panthanibas (1977)
  • Ek Bindu Sukh (1977)
  • Joy Maa Tara (1978)
  • Sunayani (1979)
  • Debdas (1979)
  • Ghatkali (1979)
  • Nandan (1979)
  • Nouka Dubi (1979)
  • Batasi (1980)
  • Bichar (1980)
  • Dadar Kirti (1980)
  • Shesh Bichar (1980)
  • Manikchand (1981)
  • Maa Bhabani Maa Amar (1982)
  • Matir Swarga (1982)
  • Meghmukti (1982)
  • Preyasi (1982)
  • Rajbadhu (1982)
  • Agamikal (1983)
  • Arpita (1983)
  • Chhoto Maa (1983)
  • Indira (1983)
  • Jabanbondi (1983)
  • Mouchor (1983)
  • Nishibhor (1983)
  • Dadamoni (1984)
  • Simantarag (1984)
  • Ahuti (1985)
  • Pratigya (1985)
  • Sonar Sansar (1985)
  • Bouma (1986)
  • Mutkapran (1986)
  • Parinati (1986)
  • Prem Bandhan (1986)
  • Urbashi (1986)
  • Debika (1987)
  • Gurudakshina (1987)
  • Anjali (1988)
  • Chhoto Bou (1988)
  • Debi Baran (1988)
  • Parashmoni (1988)
  • Kori Diye Kinlam (1989)
  • Mangaldeep (1989)
  • Shatarupa (1989)
  • Byabadhan (1990)
  • Debata (1990)
  • Heerak Jayanti (1990)
  • Jibansangee (1990)
  • Mahajan (1990)
  • Sati (1990)
  • Abhagini (1991)
  • Ahankar (1991)
  • Ananda (1991)
  • Bidhilipi (1991)
  • Nyaychakra (1991)
  • Sadharan Meye (1991)
  • Purushottam (1992)
  • Shaitan (1992)
  • Arjun (1993)
  • Phire Paoa (1993)
  • Shraddhanjali (1993)
  • Ami O Maa (1994)
  • Salma Sundari (1994)
  • Abirbhab (1995)
  • Boumoni (1995)
  • Mejo Bou (1995)
  • Patibrata (1995)
  • Hingsa (1998)
  • Chhoto Saheb (2001)
  • Tantrik (2002)

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