Basanta Choudhury

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Basanta Choudhury
বসন্ত চৌধুরী
Basanta Choudhury.jpg
Choudhury at the age of 64
Born 5 May 1928
Nagpur, India
Died 20 June 2000 (2000-06-21) (aged 72)
Calcutta (Kolkata)
Cause of death Lung cancer
Nationality Indian
Education Dadra Nagar Haveli School,Nagpur.
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1952-1993 (41 years)
Children Srinjon, Sanjeet
Parent(s) Shiddeshwar Chaudhury, Kamala Chaudhury
Awards Best Actor Prize for his film "Raja Rammohan" by B.F.J.A, Bangla Stage Centenary Star Theater award.
Honours Sheriff of Kolkata, Chairman of Nandan-West Bengal Film Center.
Website www.facebook.com/BasantaChaudhuryOfficial

Basanta Choudhury,[1] or Basanta Chaudhury (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 Parsian shawls were enviable. Director Satyajit Ray admired those collection and used for his masterpieces.

Birth and Childhood[edit]

Basanta Choudhury was born into an affluent Datta Choudhury family. He as the eldest son of Shiddeshwar and Kamala Choudhury. His younger brother was Prasanta Choudhury. Choudhury spent his early life in Nagpur where he had his schooling and college education. In 1945, he completed his Matriculation Examination from Dadra Nagar Haveli School,Nagpur.After shifting to Kolkata, Choudhury used to stay at Ranikuthi in Tollygunge.[citation needed]

He was a renowned numismatist i.e. an expert collector of rare coins and paper currency, and was also a collector of Kashmiri and Persian shawls.[citation needed]

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 Chowdhurani. He was also involved with amateur theatre and radio.

Filmography[edit]

  • 1952- Mahaprasthaner Pathey.
  • 1953: Nabin YatraSafar; 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
  • 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, Basanta Choudhury 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 Theatre award from Calcutta University. He had also acted in several Hindi films.

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

Death[edit]

Choudhury suffered from lung cancer for quite some time. He died on 20 June 2000 in Kolkata.[3]

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. ^ http://pib.nic.in/archive/releases98/lyr2000/rjun2000/r21062000.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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