Bhanu Bandyopadhyay (born as Samyamoy Bandyopadhyay; 26 August 1920 – 4 March 1983) was an Indian actor, known for his work in Bengali cinema. He acted in over 300 movies, in numerous plays and performed frequently on the radio.
Bandyopadhyay was born on 26 August 1920 at Munshigonj, Dhaka Division, present day Bangladesh. He studied at Kazi Pagla A. T. Institute, Lohajong, Pogose School and St. Gregory's High School in Dhaka followed by Jagannath College for his B.A. He studied in Physics and was direct student of world-famous physicist Satyendra Nath Bose. He then moved to Calcutta in the 1950s. In his initial years Bandyopadhyay worked at the Iron & Steel Control Board.
Bandyopadhyay started his acting career as a stand-up comedian in Dhaka. He performed at office parties and then moved on to larger venues. In 1943, he released his first major comic gramophone record Dhakar Gadoane. Its success prompted him to release a new record every year during Durga Puja. Bandyopadhyay's breakthrough film role was in Nirmal Dey's Basu Parivar (1952) where he played a Bangal businessman. The next year his role as Kedar in Share Chuattar made him rise to fame. His quote in the film Mashima, malpoa khamu. (Aunty, I want to eat malpoa) became a popular catchphrase. He went on to act in over 300 movies like Bhrantibilash and Pasher Bari. In most of his films he played comedic roles in which he exaggerated Bengali accents and mannerisms for comic effect. He teamed up with his best friend comedian Jahor Roy for many films like Bhanu Pelo Lottery and the humorous detective story Bhanu Goenda Johar Assistant. Typically, in the pair's films Bandyopadhyay would take the role of the Bangal and Roy would be the comical Ghoti character (although in real life, both were Bangals). Although chiefly known as a comedian, Bandyopadhyay played serious roles in the film Galpa Holeo Satyi. He also played the lead roles in Jamalaye Jibanta Manush, Personal Assistant, Miss Priyambada and Ashite Asio na. Later in his career Bandyopadhyay founded his own Jatra group called Mukto Mancha. He produced, directed and acted in his own productions, traveling around the country with the troupe.
Bandyopadhyay was married to Nilima Mukhopadhyay, a playback singer. They had three children – Basabi Ghatak (née Bandyopadhyay), Gautam and Pinaki. Earlier the family stayed in Jubilee Park, Tollygunge. Later shifted to 42A, Charu Avenue, Rabindra Sarobar in 1960.
Death and legacy
Bandyopadhyay died of a heart-related illness on 4 March 1983. On 26 August 2011 his film Nirdharito Shilpir Onupasthitite (1959) was released on DVD. His son, Gautam Bandyopadhyay, has confirmed the release which coincided with his father's 91st birth anniversary.
|1949||Mantramugdha, Ja Hoi Na|
|1950||Krishan, Tothapi, Digbhranta, Dwairath, Mandando|
|1951||Barjatri, Palatak, Rupantar, Shetu|
|1952||Aladin O Ascharya Pradip, Kapalkundala, Jabanbondi, Basu Paribar, Darpachurna, Patri Chai, Pasher Bari, Prarthana, Bindur Chhele, Mahishashur Badh, Ratrir Tapashya|
|1953||Share Chuattar, Adrishya Manush, Kajori, Keranir Jiban, Natun Ihudi, Pathnirdesh, Banhangshi, Bastab, Bouthakuranir Hut, Boudir Bon, Maharaja Nandakumar, Rakhi, Rami Chandidash, Lakh Taka, Shashurbari, Sat Number Kayedi, Harilakhhi|
|1954||Atom Bomb, Ora Thake Odhare, Kalyani, Grihaprabesh, Chhele Kar, Jaidev, Jagrihi, Dukhhir Iman, Nil Shari, Boloygrash, Barbella, Bikram Urbashi, Bhangagara, Mani ar Manik, Maner Mayur, Moroner Pore, Ladies Seat, Satir Dehatyag, Sadanander Mela|
|1955||Ardhangini, Bandish (Hindi), Aparadhi, Atmadarshan, Chattujjay Barujjay, Chhoto Bou, Joi Ma Kali Boarding, Jyotishi, Dashyu Mohan, Durlav Janam, Devi malini, Nishidhha Fall, Bir Hambir, Bratacharini, Bhalobasha, Rani Rasmani (film), Sajghor, Sanjher Pradip|
|1956||Asomapta, Amar Bou, Ekti Rat, Gobindadas, Tonsil, Taka Ana Pai, Daner Marjada, Mahanisha, Bhadurymoshai, Mamlar Fall, Lakhhahira, Shuvoratri, Shabdhan, Shaheb Bibi Gholam, Suryamukhi|
|1957||Andhare Alo, Ektara, Ek Gaon Ki Kahani (Hindi), Ogo Shunchho, Kanchamithe, Khela Bhangar Khela, Ghum, Jibantrishna, Natun Prabhat, Nilachaley Mahaprabhu, Bashantabahar, Baroma, Madhumalati, Shesh Parichoy, Srimatir Shangshar|
|1958||Kalamati, Jonakir Alo, Daktarbabu, Nupur, Bhanu Pelo Lottery, Manmoyee Girls School, Jomalaye Jibanta manush, Louhakapat, Suryatoron, Shargo marto|
|1959||Nirdharita Shilpir Anupasthite, Personal Assistant, Pushpadhanu, Mriter martye Agaman, Shonar Horin|
|1960||Shaharer Itikatha, Shesh Parjanto, Shokher Chor, Surer Piyashi, Hospital|
|1961||Kanchanmulya, Kathin Maya, Kanamachhi, Bishkanya, Roybahadur, Mr and Mrs Chowdhury, Shayombara|
|1962||Agnishikha, Atal Jaler Ahwan, Abhisharika, Dadathakur, Badhu, Mayar Shangshar|
|1963||Akash Pradip, Chhayasurya, Dui Nari, Dui Bari, Barnochora, Bhrantibilash, Preyashi, Satbhai, High Heel, Hashi Shudhu hashi Noi|
|1964||Jiban kahini, Dip Neve Nai, Bingshati Janani|
|1965||Abhoya O Srikanta, Alor Pipasha, Etotuku Basha, Gulmohor, Tapashi, Debotar Deep, Dolna, Mahalogno, Pati Shangshodhini Shamity, Mukhujjay Paribar, Rajkanya|
|1966||Kal Tumi Aleya, Galpa Holeo Satyi, Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar, Mayabini Lane, Shesh Tin Din|
|1967||Ashite Ashiyo Na, Anthony Phiringee, Kheya, Nayika Shangbad, Prastar Shakhhor, Miss Priyangbada, Hathat Dekha, Hate Bajare|
|1968||Apanjon, Garh Nashimpur, Chowrangee, Pathe Holo Dekha, Baghini|
|1969||Dadu, Ma O Meye, Shukshari, Shabarmati|
|1970||Aleyar Alo, Pratham Kadam Phul, Rajkumari, Sagina Mahato|
|1971||Ekhane Pinjar, Pratham Bashanta, Bhanu Goenda Jahar Assistant, Malyadan|
|1973||Nakal Shona, Nishikanya, Bindur Chhele, Roudrachhaya|
|1974||Sagina, Prantorekha, Shangini|
|1975||Kabi, Nishimrigaya, Priyo Bandhabi, Sangshar Shimante, Shayongswhidhha|
|1976||Nandita, Shikarokti, Harmonium|
|1977||Ashadharon, Ek Je Chhilo Desh, Chhotto Nayak, Ramer Shumati|
|1980||Dorpochurna, Priyatoma, Bhagyachakra, Matribhokto Ramprashad, Shondhi|
|1981||Kopalkundala, Shubarnolata, Pratishodh|
|1983||Shahar Theke Dure, Shargadapi Gariyashi|
Records (Comedy audio clips)
- Dhakar Garoan (1943)
- Cinema Bibhrat with Sabitri Chatterjee
- Babhharambhe Loghukria with Sabitri Chatterjee
- Shwami Chai
- Lady Typist
- Pujor Bajar
- Bibaha Bima
- Sangeet Chayan
- Election with Chinmoy Roy
- Kartababur Deshbhraman
- Hanumaner Nagar Darshan
- Lord Bhanu
- Bhanu Elo Kolkataye
- Telephone Bibhrat
- Karta Banam Ginni
- Paribar parikalpana
- Naba Ramayan
- Amon Din O Ashbe
- Rajjotak with Gita Dey
- Juger Abhijog
- Ghatak Shangbad
- Chatujjay Barujjay
- Sarbojonin Jom Pujo
- Nayikar Shandhane
- Gooptu, Sharmistha (2010). Bengali Cinema: An Other Nation. Taylor & Francis. pp. 128–38. ISBN 0-415-57006-9.
- Sarkar, Bhaskur (2009). Mourning the nation: Indian cinema in the wake of Partition. Duke University Press. pp. 159–60. ISBN 0-8223-4411-4.
- Priyanka Dasgupta (17 December 2010). "Baba thought no one would cry..." Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- Chakrabarty, Dipesh (2002). Habitations of modernity: essays in the wake of subaltern studies. University of Chicago Press. p. 140. ISBN 0-226-10039-1.
- Priyanka Dasgupta. "Bhanu Bandyopadhyay". Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2011.[not in citation given]
- Gautam Bandyopadhyay. "Some unknown facts about Bhanu Bandyopadhyay". Anandabazar. Anandabazar. Retrieved 8 April 2017.