|Died||25 January 1985 (aged 70)|
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
Ajoy Kar (Bengali:অজয় কর; 27 March 1914 – 25 January 1985) was an Indian cinematographer and film director. He directed 26 films between 1949 and 1983. His 1961 film Saptapadi was entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival. His 1971 film Malyadan won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.
After initially working as an assistant to Jatin Das, Kar became a cinematographer at Indrapuri Studios, Calcutta, in 1938. Over the next four decades, he shot more than 80 feature films. He also shot a number of documentary films.
Kar's first film as director was Ananya (1949), made by the Sabyasachi collective launched by Kanan Devi. The first film for which he received individual directorial credit was Bamuner Meye (1949). During the 1950s and early 1960s, he emerged as a key figure in mainstream Bengali cinema, with a string of commercially successful films such as Shyamali (1956), Harano Sur (1957), Saptapadi (1961) and Saat Pake Bandha (1963). Of these, Harano Sur and Saptapadi involved the popular romantic pair of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. These films also received critical acclaim.
From the late 1960s onwards, he made a number of films which were adaptations of well-known literary works, especially those by Rabindranath Tagore and Sarat Chandra Chatterjee. Some of these are Parineeta (1969), Malyadan, Datta (1976) and Naukadubi (1979). In all, he directed 26 films, the last being Bishabriksha (1983).
Kar was always concerned about the technical aspects of filmmaking, and went to the USA in 1976 to learn colour film technology.
Awards and honours
- 18th National Film Awards – Malyadan won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.
- 5th National Film Awards – Harano Sur received a Certificate of Merit for 3rd best film in Bengali
- 9th National Film Awards – Saptapadi received a Certificate of Merit for 2nd best film in Bengali
- 11th National Film Awards – Saat Pake Bandha received a Certificate of Merit for 2nd best film in Bengali
- Jighansa (1951)
- Shyamali (1956)
- Harano Sur (1957)
- Bardidi (1957)
- Khelaghar (1959)
- Saptapadi (1961)
- Atal Jaler Ahwan (1962)
- Saat Pake Bandha (1963)
- Parineeta (1969)
- Malyadan (1971)
- Datta (1976)
- Naukadubi (1979)
- Bishabriksha (1983)
- "3rd Moscow International Film Festival (1963)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- Editors; Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1999). Encyclopedia of Indian cinema (2nd ed.). London: Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 1824. ISBN 1-57958-146-3. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
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- "Ajoy Kar - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
- "5th National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. Government of India. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- "9th National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. Government of India. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- "11th National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. Government of India. Archived from the original on 2 May 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.