Utpal Dutt


Utpal Dutt

Utpal Dutt (Bangla: উত্পল দত্ত) (March 29, 1929August 19, 1993) was an Indian actor, director and writer. He was primarily an actor in Bengali Theatre, but he also acted in many Bengali and Hindi films. He received National Film Award for Best Actor in 1970 and three Filmfare Best Comedian Awards.

Biography

Born in Barisal, Bengal (now in Bangladesh), Dutt studied English literature at the St. Xavier's College, Calcutta. He was active primarily in Bengali theatre, but did tour several times with the Shakespearean International Theatre Company. He was an founding member of Indian People's Theatre Association. He wrote and directed what he called "Epic Theatre" (a term he borrowed from Bertolt Brecht) to bring about discussion and change in Bangladesh. He was one of the most influential personalities in the Group Theater movement. He acted in many Bengali films, including many films by Satyajit Ray.

Dutt was also an extremely famous comic actor in Hindi cinemas, though he acted only in a handful of Hindi cinemas. He acted in the comedy movies, most notable ones being "Guddi", "Golmaal", "Naram Garam", "Rang Birangi" and "Shaukeen". He received Filmfare Best Comedian Award for "Golmaal", "Naram Garam" and "Rang Birangi".

He balanced successful parallel careers as an extremely serious theatre playwright and director in Bengal alongside doing hilariously comic roles in Hindi cinema.

Dutt was also a lifelong Marxist and an active supporter of the Communist Party), CPIM or Communist Party of India MarxistFact|date=February 2007. He staged many street dramas in favour of the Communist Party. He was also jailed for his views.Fact|date=February 2007 His famous plays include "Tiner Toloar" ("The Tin Sword", partially based on "Pygmalion", "Manusher Odhikare" ("Human Rights", based on the Scottsboro Boys case) and "Kallol" (based on the 1942 Naval Mutiny) one more famous play was LAAL DURGO or Red Fort. Dutt died in Calcutta, West Bengal.

Family

Dutt was married to theatre/film actress Shobha Sen. They had a daughter called Bishnupriya who became a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Awards and recognition

* National Film Award for Best Actor for Bhuvan Shome - 1970
* Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Golmaal - 1980
* Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Naram Garam - 1982
* Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Rang Birangi - 1984
* Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship - 1990

Filmography

This is an incomplete filmography of Utpal Dutt.

* "Mera Damad" (1995)
* "Padma Nadir Majhi" (1993)
* "Agantuk" (1991)
* "Jaan Pechaan" (1991)
* "Path-o-Prasad" (1991)
* "Jawani Zindabad" (1990)
* "Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai" (1990)
* "Bahurani" (1989)
* "Mahaveera" (1988)
* "La Nuit Bengali" (1988)
* "Pyaar Ke Kabil" (1987)
* "Aaj Ka Robin Hood" (1987)
* "Aap Ke Saath" (1986)
* "Baat Ban Jaye" (1986)
* "Kirayadar" (1986)
* "Main Balwan" (1986)
* "Pathbhola" (1986)
* "Sadaa Suhagan" (1986)
* "Saaheb" (1985)
* "Aar Paar" (1985) aka "Anyay Abhchar"
* "Ulta Seedha" (1985)
* "Love Marriage" (1984)
* "John Jani Janardhan" (1984)
* "Lakhon Ki Baat" (1984)
* "Inquilaab" (1984)
* "Paar" (1984)
* "Yeh Desh" (1984)
* "Achha Bura" (1983)
* "Rang Birangi" (1983)
* "Kissi Se Na Kehna" (1983)
* "Pasand Apni Apni" (1983)
* "Shubh Kaamna" (1983)
* "Raaste Pyar Ke" (1982)
* "Hamari Bahu Alka" (1982)
* "Angoor" (1982)
* "Agni Pareeksha" (1981)
* "Naram Garam" (1981)
* "Barsaat Ki Ek Raat" (1981) aka Anusandhan (India: Bengali title)
* "Chaalchitra" (1981)
* "Meghmukti" (1981)
* "Shaukeen" (1981)
* "Agreement" (1980)
* "Apne Paraye" (1980)
* "Heerak Rajar Deshe" (1980)
* "Ram Balram" (1980)
* "Kartavya" (1979)
* "Gol Maal" (1979)
* "The Great Gambler" (1979)
* "Jhor" (1979)
* "Prem Vivah" (1979)
* "Atithee" (1978)
* "Joi Baba Felunath" (1978)
* "Toote Khilone" (1978)
* "Kotwal Saab" (1977)
* "Yehi Hai Zindagi" (1977)
* "Immaan Dharam" (1977)
* "Anand Ashram(1977/I] )
* "Anurodh" (1977)
* "Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye" (1977)
* "Farishta Ya Qatil" (1977)
* "Kissa Kursi Ka" (1977)
* "Priyatama" (1977)
* "Safed Haathi" (1978)
* "Swami" (1977)
* "Jana Aranya" (1976)
* "Datta" (1976)
* "Do Anjaane" (1976)
* "Santan" (1976)
* "Seyi Chokh" (1976)
* "Shaque" (1976)
* "Amanush" (1975)
* "Julie" (1975) (as Utpall Dutt)
* "Anari" (1975)
* "Palanka" (1975)
* "Asati" (1974)
* "Chorus" (1974)
* "Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo" (1974)
* "Mr. Romeo" (1974)
* "Thagini" (1974)
* "Honeymoon" (1973)
* "Marjina Abdulla" (1973)
* "Sriman Prithviraj" (1973)
* "Ek Adhuri Kahani" (1972)
* "Mere Jeevan Saathi" (1972)
* "Sabse Bada Sukh" (1972)
* "Calcutta 71" (1971)
* "Guddi" (1971)
* "Khunjey Berai" (1971)
* "Bombay Talkie" (1970)
* "Kalankita Nayak" (1970)
* "The Guru" (1969)
* "Bhuvan Shome" (1969)
* "Saat Hindustani" (1969)
* "Chowringhee" (1968)
* "Shakespeare-Wallah" (1965)
* "Momer Alo" (1964)
* "Shesh Anka" (1963)
* "Surya Sikha" (1963)
* "Rakta Palash" (1962)
* "Saptapadi" (1961) (voice)
* "Harano Sur" (1957)
* "Subhalagna" (1956)
* "Vikram Urvashi" (1954)
* "Michael Madhusudhan" (1950)
* "Vidyasagar" (1950)

External links

*imdb name|0244884
* [http://www.calcuttaweb.com/cinema/utpaldutta.shtml Profile at Calcuttaweb.com]


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