Basanta Choudhury, or Basanta Chowdhury (Bengali:বসন্ত চৌধুরী) (5 May 1928 – 20 June 2000), was an actor in the Kolkata-based Bengali film industry and the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry. He worked with directors Asit Sen, Rajen Tarafdar, Ajay Kar and Bijay Bose, often in leading roles. He is a former Sheriff of Kolkata.
Birth and childhood
Basanta Chowdhury was born into an affluent Datta Chowdhury family of Andul, Howrah. He was the eldest son of Shiddeshwar Chowdhury and Kamala Devi. His younger brother was Prasanta Chowdhury. The actor was born and spent his early life in Nagpur where he had his schooling and college education. In 1945 AD he completed his Matriculation Examination from Deena Nath High School Nagpur.After shifting to Kolkata, Chowdhury used to stay at Ranikuthi in Tollygunge.
His first film was Mahaprasthaner Pathe by director Kartik Chattopadhay in 1952. Some of his memorable films are, Bhagaban Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Jadu Bhatta, Andhare Alo, Deep Jwele Jaai with Suchitra Sen, Anushtoop Chhanda, Abhaya O Srikanta, Raja Rammohan Roy, Diba Ratrir Kabya, Devi Chaudhurani. He was also involved with amateur theater and radio.
- 1952- Mahaprasthaner Pathey.
- 1953: Nabin Jatra Safar; Bhagwan Shri Krishna Chaitanya
- 1954: Jadubhatta; Bokul
- 1955: Aparadhi; Pather Sheshey; Bhalobasha; Du- Janay; Devimalini
- 1956: Shubharatri; Shankar Narayan Bank; Chhaya Sangini; Govindadas; Rajpath
- 1957: Shesh Parichaya; Madhu Malati; Andhare Alo; Basanta Bahar; Haar Jeet; Khela Bhangar Khela
- 1958: Jogajog
- 1959: Deep Jwele Jaai; Shashi Babur Sansar
- 1960: Khudha; Parakh
- 1962: Sancharini; Agnisikha; Bodhu; Nabadiganta
- 1963: Shreyasi
- 1964: Kashtipathar;Anustup Chhanda
- 1965: Alor Pipasa; Raja Rammohun; Abhoya-o-Srikanta; Eki Ange Eto Rup; Gulmohar
- 1966: Sankha Bela; Susanta Sha; Uttar Purush
- 1970: Diba Ratrir Kabya;Megh Kalo
- 1971: Pratham Pratisruti; Sansar; Grahan
- 1973: Pranta Rekha
- Jadi Jantem; Sangini
- 1975: Nishi Mrigaya
- 1976: Sankhabish
- 1977: Babu Moshai
- 1978: Parichay; Mayuri
- 1979: Chirantan; Jiban Je Rakam
- 1980: Bhagya Chakra
- 1981: Kalankini
- 1982: Sonar Bangla
- 1983: Indira; Deepar Prem
- 1985: Baidurya Rahasya; Putulghar
- 1987: Antarjali Jatra
- 1988: Antaranga; Sankhachur
- 1990: Raktorin; Ek Doctor Ki Maut
- 1990: Sankranti
- 1991: Raj Nartaki
- 1992: Hirer Angti; Apon Ghar; Satya Mithya
- 1993: Kacher Prithvi
In 1965, actor Chowdhury was awarded the Best Actor Prize for his film "Raja Rammohan" by B.F.J.A. In 1996, he also received Bangla Stage Centenary Star Theater award from Calcutta University. He had also acted in several Hindi films.
- "All in the family". The Times of India. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
Eki Onge Eto Roop starring Madhabi Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee and Basanta Chowdhury ...
- "Films from the heart". The Hindu. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
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- "রাগ বসন্ত". Anandabazar Patrika (in Bengali). Retrieved 26 July 2018.
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