Remembering Utpal Dutt, the actor whose acting still brings a smile to our face

Odiha news: Utpal Dutt is a big name in Bengali theater and cinema. He did most comic roles in his long list of Hindi films, but in Amitabh Bachchan’s first film Saat Hindustani he was also a Hindustani. Still, in a way, he was in the lead role in that movie, and other actors, including Amitabh Bachchan, were supporting-actors.

Similarly, Bhuban Shome was one of the major works of Indian Parallel Cinema in the 70s. And its main lead was Utpal Dutt. He received the National Award for Best Actor in the year 1970 for the performance in this film. But in Hindi cinema, he got a lot of prestige and work from Golmaal to Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Hrishikesh Mukherjee made neither an art film nor a commercial formula picture. In contrast to Utpal Dutt’s image in Golmaal, Bhavani Shankar’s role as one such character was related to the days. From Hero Amol Palekar to Dina Pathak, all the actors’ comedic performances are an example even today. But Utpal Dutt was so hilarious, remaining serious, and he received the Best Comedian Filmfare Award.

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Movie Golmaal rleased in 1979

How “Achha” was spoken, even if today someone copies it, the audience understands that he is copying Utpal Dutt. In Hindi films, he would have been given lighthearted roles then. Who would have thought that this actor of the entertainment world started his career in English theater? One of the reasons for this was that Utpal Dutt graduated with English as the main subject.

Born on March 29th, 1929, at the age of 28, India’s famous English theater artist, Geoffrey Kendall, was so impressed that he included Dutt in his group. From 1947 to 1953, Utpal Dutt was his companion wherever he did his plays in India.

In 1958 daughter of Geoffery Kendal, Jenifer Kendall got married to Sashi Kapoor. But Utpal Dutt should not be identified by any such reference but by his contribution to theater and films.

If you see him in the role of Bhavani Shankar, a bizarre courtesan in Golmaal, then it seems that in real life, he will be the same and in Shaukeen, the stingers who keep a single account of the money seemed equally natural.

His comic timing would hardly have been used by any other director more than Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Like Golmaal, his partner in “Naram Garam” was also Amol Palekar, and for “Naram Garam”, he received the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Rang Birangi also gained the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian once again for Utpal Dutt.

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A still from movie Naram Garam

Along with such a prize, he met the most important Hindi cinema criteria, and that was the Box office. Not only did Utpal Dutt prove himself to be the best in a comedy role whenever he was cast in negative roles, but he also did the villain roles with equal ease.

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Sill from Byomkesh Bakshi telecasted on DD National

He also acted in the 1990s detective serial Byomkesh Bakshi( in Episode No-3, Seemant Heera). On August 19th,1993, Utpal Dutt died due to a heart attack.

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