George Baker (Indian actor)

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George Baker
Member of Parliament
for Anglo-Indian reserved seats
Assumed office
23 July 2015
Personal details
Born (1946-10-28) 28 October 1946 (age 72)
Tezpur, Assam, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Arpita Baker
ResidenceKolkata, West Bengal, India
Alma materLa Martiniere Lucknow
OccupationActor, Politician
Known forCinema of West Bengal, Cinema of Assam, Bharatiya Janata Party

George Baker (born 28 October 1946), is an Indian actor and politician. He has been a prolific actor in Assamese & Bengali movies since the late 1970s. He is one of the two Members of Parliament appointed by the president under Article 331 (Anglo-Indian) of the Indian Constitution. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party[1] in 2014 and contested and lost the Lok Sabha elections from the Howrah constituency during the Indian general election, 2014.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Baker was born in Tezpur, Assam, on 28 October 1945 in a Greek family. His initial education was in Lucknow at La Martiniere College. He was a National level junior in Boxing and Swimming during this period. He later joined the Assam Engineering College but had to leave midway since his father died. He completed a two-year course in Permanent Way Engineering and joined the Northeast Frontier Railway zone in the Engineering Department. He served here for two years and then quit to start his own business.

Acting career (Early 1970s – present)[edit]

Baker made his first foray into Assamese cinema in 1974. He played the protagonist in the Assamese film Chameli Memsaab [1]. This film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese at the 23rd National Film Awards. He played the role of Berkeley, a British planter who falls for a native girl, Chameli, (played by Binita Borgohain) and is later accused for her murder. Baker later played the same role in the Bengali version of the same movie.[2]

He went on to act in numerous Bengali movies, Jatra (theatre), television films, serials mostly playing parts of British Expatriates. He has also been part of roving theatre groups.

Over the years he has acted in films of five languages - Bengali, Assamese, English, Hindi & Santhali.

More recently he played the role of Sir William Eckhardt in Parineeta (2005 film) and Mr. Ramsey in Bhooter Bhabishyat .

Political career (2014)[edit]

On 27 February 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party announced Baker as their candidate for the Indian general election, 2014 from the Howrah (Lok Sabha constituency) [2].

On 23 July 2015, he was appointed to the 16th Lok Sabha as one of the two appointed members representing the Anglo-Indian community along with Richard Hay.[3]

On 24 June 2017, he was attacked by a mob, allegedly of Trinamool Congress members, and then hospitalised.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Director Co-Actor
2012 Bhooter Bhabishyat Mr. Ramsey Bengali Anik Dutta Swastika Mukherjee
Parambrata Chatterjee
Sabyasachi Chakraborty
2008 Love Bengali Riingo Banerjee Koyel Mallick
Jisshu Sengupta
2007 Minister Fatakeshto Bengali Swapan Saha Mithun Chakraborty
Debashree Roy
Koel Mallick
Soumitra Chatterjee
2005 Parineeta Sir William Eckhardt Hindi Pradeep Sarkar Saif Ali Khan
Vidya Balan
Sanjay Dutt
Dia Mirza
2004 Bow Barracks Forever English Anjan Dutt Victor Banerjee
Roopali Ganguly
Sohini Pal
Moon Moon Sen
Sabyasachi Chakraborty
Arindam Sil
2002 Desh Bengali Raja Sen Jaya Bhaduri
Sabyasachi Chakraborty
Subhendu Chatterjee
Abhishek Bachchan
Nayana Das
1993 Priyojon Assamese Wisekurni Bora Mridula Baruah
1988 Anjali Bengali Anjan Choudhury Ranjit Mallick
Moon Moon Sen
Kali Bannerjee
Madhabi Mukherjee
1988 Boba Sanai Bengali Ajit Ganguly Rameshwari
Chiranjit
1988 Pratipaksha Bengali Rathish Dey Sarker Prasenjit Chatterjee
Rameshwari
Utpal Dutt
1984 Devi Assamese Sambhu Gupta and Dara Ahmed Biju Phukan
Dolly Gupta
1983 Amar Geeti Bengali Tarun Majumdar Satya Bannerjee
Biswajeet
Soumitra Chatterjee
Rabi Ghosh
Anup Kumar
Chinmoy Roy
1982 Amrita Kumbher Sandhaney Bengali Dilip Roy Aparna Sen
Bhanu Bannerjee
Anup Kumar
1979 Chameli Memsaheb Berkeley Bengali Indor Sen Anil Chatterjee
Rakhee Gulzar
1975 Chameli Memsaab Berkeley Assamese Abdul Majid Binita Borgohain

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BJP taps magic and acting". The Telegraph. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  2. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta : Guwahati". www.telegraphindia.com.
  3. ^ "Actor George Baker, Professor Richard Hay Nominated to Lok Sabha". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  4. ^ Feeds, IANS (24 June 2017). "BJP MP George Baker allegedly attacked by Trinamool".

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