Basanta Choudhury

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Basanta Chowdhury
বসন্ত চৌধুরী
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Basanta Chowdhury
Born5 May 1928
Nagpur, India
Died20 June 2000 (2000-06-21) (aged 72)
Calcutta (Kolkata)
NationalityIndian
EducationDeena Nath High School Nagpur
OccupationActor, Producer
Years active1952–1993 (41 years)
Spouse(s)Aloka Chowdhury
Children2
AwardsBest Actor Prize for his film "Raja Rammohan" by B.F.J.A, Bangla Stage Centenary Star Theater award.
HonoursSheriff of Kolkata, Chairman of Nandan-West Bengal Film Center.
Websitewww.facebook.com/BasantaChaudhuryOfficial

Basanta Choudhury,[1] 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,[2] often in leading roles.

Choudhury's collection of Kashmiri and Persian shawls were enviable. Director Satyajit Ray admired those collections and used for his masterpieces.

Birth and childhood[edit]

Basanta Chowdhury was born into an affluent Datta Chowdhury family of Andul, Howrah.[3] 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.[4]

He was a numismatist i.e. an expert collector of Ganesha idols, rare coins, paper currency and was a collector of Kashmiri and Persian shawls.[5]

Career[edit]

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.

Filmography[edit]

  • 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
  • Basanta Chowdhury and Suchitra Sen in the movie Devi Chaudhurani in 1974 AD.
    1974: Debi Chaudhrani; 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

Awards[edit]

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.

The actor had been the Sheriff of Kolkata. He was also appointed as the Chairman of Nandan-West Bengal Film Centre in Kolkata.

Death[edit]

The actor suffered from lung cancer for quite some time. He died on 20 June 2000 in Kolkata.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All in the family". The Times of India. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-29. Eki Onge Eto Roop starring Madhabi Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee and Basanta Chowdhury ...
  2. ^ "Films from the heart". The Hindu. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  3. ^ আবসার, নুরুল. "আন্দুল রাজবাড়িকে ঘিরে জাদুঘরের ভাবনা - Anandabazar". anandabazar.com. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  4. ^ "রাগ বসন্ত". anandabazar.com. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  5. ^ "6 best films of Basanta Choudhury - a sophisticated actor almost forgotten| Half Samosa". Half Samosa. 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  6. ^ http://pib.nic.in/archive/releases98/lyr2000/rjun2000/r21062000.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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