Tarun Majumdar (born 1931) (also often credited as Tarun Mazumdar) (Bengali: তরুণ মজুমদার Torun Mojumdar) is a renowned Bengali Indian film director who makes films in Bengali and is notable for his depiction of Bengali culture and society. Many of his films are literature-based. He has recreated classics written by Bimal Kar, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, and Tarashankar Bandopadhyay on celluloid. Another feature of many of his films is the ample use of songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore to convey a range of emotions. Although often lacking in critical acclaim as some of his peers like Tapan Sinha, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, he has consistently produced box-office hits for over forty years.
His early films were credited to Yatrik (phonetically Jatrik in Bengali). Yatrik was the screen-name of the trio of directors Tarun Majumdar, Sachin Mukherji, and Dilip Mukherji until 1963 after which each began to be credited separately. As Yatrik, the trio created well-known classics such as Chaowa Paowa in 1959, starring matinee idol Uttam Kumar and screen-diva Suchitra Sen, and Palatak and Kancher Swarga, both in 1963.
In 1965, Tarun Majumdar made two films: Ektuku basha with Soumitra Chatterjee and Alor pipasha with Basanta Choudhury. The films featured Sandhya Roy, a popular actress whom he married. In 1967, he made one of the top grossing films of the year, Balika Badhu, an adaptation of story written by Bimal Kar, in which a teenage Moushumi Chatterjee made her debut. He would remake it in Hindi in 1976, where it was a moderate success. He would make quite a few box-office blockbusters through the years including (but not exclusively) Shriman Prithviraj, Ganadevata, Dadar kirti, Bhalobasa Bhalobasa, Poroshmoni, and Apon amar apon. Apart from being a major success in 1980, Dadar kirti, based on a short story by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, introduced Debashree Roy and Tapas Paul. Both would go on to dominate the Bengali film screen for over a decade. In many films after Dadar kirti, Tapas Paul found himself typecast in similar roles to Kedar.
In the middle of the 1990s, Tarun Majumdar retired from filmmaking for almost a decade. In 2004, he made a comeback with Alo, a film based on a story written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. It received critical and popular acclaim and became one of the hits of the year. As in many of Majumdar's films, the soundtrack featured songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore.
In 2006, he made another film, Bhalobashar Anek Naam, casting Uttam Kumar's grandson Gaurav and Hemanta Mukherjee's granddaughter, and Mausumi Chatterjee's daughter Megha as lead actors supported by acting divas like Soumitra Chatterjee, Mousumi, Tapas Paul, Paran Banerjee. It was moderate hit.
In 2007,he made another feature film, Chander Bari, based on a joint family saga which got critical acclaim from viewers and was a hit. Rituparna Sengupta again was the main lead costarring Ranjit Mallick, Laboni Sarkar, Koel Mallik, Soham Chakroborty, Rishi Kaushik, Soumitra Chatterjee, Haradhan Banerjee, Tanima Sen, Dwijen Mukherjee, Biplabketan Chakraborty, Tathoi, Sharbari Mukherjee, Sumit Samaddar, Nayana Banerjee, Locket Chatterjee and more. Playback singer Babul Supriyo made his debut in this film opposite Rituparna. The songs featured were again composed by Rabindranath Tagore.
- National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Ganadevata, (1979).
- National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali for Nimantran, (1972)
- National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali for Kancher Swargo, (1964)
- National Film Award for Best Scientific Film for Aranya Aamar, (1984)
- Nominated for National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Alo, (2003).
- Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Indian Films Award for Bhalobasar Anek Naam, (2007).
- Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Director Award for Sansar Simanthey, (1976).
- Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Director Award for Nimantran, (1972)
- Anandalok Best Films Award for Aalo, (2004)
- Learning a craft is always the same,and it does not really matter how you learn it. Otherwise, how do you think Satyajit Ray could make a film like Pather Panchali or for that matter Rajen Tarafdar could make 'Ganga'?
- When I started, there were no film schools. We used to see many films and read books. I have learnt my craft only by seeing films.
- The producers here, I must say, have a mental makeup that does not allow much of experimentation... They always want directors at their feet and I hate it.
- I always believe that better educated people like those with a film school background should come into the industry as this certainly adds a qualitative edge to a film.
- Chaowa Pawa 1959
- Smriti Tuku Thaak 1960
- Kancher Swarga 1961
- Palatak 1963
- Alor Pipasa 1965
- Ektuku Basa 1965
- Balika Badhu 1967
- Rahgir 1969
- Nimantran 1971
- Kuheli 1971
- Shriman Prithviraj 1973
- Thagini 1974
- Phuleshwari 1974
- Sansar Simante 1975
- Balika Badhu 1976
- Ganadevata 1978
- Dadar Kirti 1980
- Shahar Theke Dure 1981
- Meghmukti 1981
- Khelar Putul 1982
- Aranya Aamar 1984
- Amar Geeti 1984
- Bhalobasa Bhalobasa 1985
- Pathbhola 1986
- Agaman 1988
- Parasmoni 1988
- Apan Aamar Apan 1990
- Path-O-Prasad 1991
- Sajani Go Sajani 1991
- Katha Chhilo 1994
- Alo 2003
- Bhalobasar Anek Naam 2005
- Chander Bari 2007
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- Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. page 591
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- "Kalakar award winners" (PDF). Kalakar website. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- Tarun Majumdar at the Internet Movie Database
- Review of bhalobashar anek naam by the Calcutta Telegraph