Utpal Dutt is a big name in Bengali theater and cinema; even after 29 years, he has passed away. 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 or a lead actor.
Born on 9th March 1929 in Barisal, British India (Now in Bangladesh) to Girijaranjan Dutta. He did his initial studies at St. Edment school, Shillong, and matriculation from St. Xaviers Collegiate School, Kolkata. He completed his graduation from St. Xaviers College, Calcutta University.
He was interested in stage drama from his school days and formed a theatre group called Little Theatre Group in 1949.
Before entirely immersing itself in highly political and radical theatre, this group enacted several English, Shakespearean, and Brecht pieces during a time now known as the “Epic Theatre” period.
His group played, such as Kallol (1965), Manusher Adhikar, Louha Manob (1964), Tiner Toloar, and Maha-Bidroha, were an effective medium for the presentation of his Marxist views.
Utpal Dutt in Movies
He started his movie career with the Bengali movie Michael Madhusudhan released in 1950 directed by Madhu Bose and was based on Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt.
Bhuban Shome was one of the major works of Indian Parallel Cinema in the 1970s. The movie had Utpal Dutt in the main role and was directed by Mrinal Sen. He received the National Award for Best Actor in the year 1970 for his performance in this film.
From 1969 to 1979 he appeared in many Hindi and Bengali movies like Bombay Talkie, Guddi, Ek Adhuri Kahani, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Sabse Bada Sukh, Amanush, Julie, etc.
But in Hindi cinema, he got a lot of prestige and work from Gol Maal directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Hrishikesh Mukherjee made neither art films nor commercial formula pictures.
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.
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.
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.
Along with such a prize, he met the most important Hindi cinema criteria: 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.
He also acted in the 1990s detective serial Byomkesh Bakshi( in Episode No-3, Seemant Heera).
Utpal Dutt Marriage and Children
He got married to Shobha Sen, a Bengali theatre and film actress, in 1960. And the couple has a daughter named Dr. Bishnupriya Dutt, currently employed in JNU, Delhi.
On August 19th,1993, Utpal Dutt died due to a heart attack.
Utpal Dutt Movies and TV shows
|Sl No||Movie Name||Year|
|22||Ek Adhuri Kahani||1972|
|23||Mere Jeevan Saathi||1972|
|24||Sabse Bada Sukh||1972|
|31||Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo||1974|
|44||Yehi Hai Zindagi||1977|
|48||Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye||1977|
|49||Farishta Ya Qatil||1977|
|50||Kissa Kursi Ka||1977|
|57||Joi Baba Felunath||1978|
|61||The Great Gambler||1979|
|65||Hirak Rajar Deshe||1980|
|71||Barsaat Ki Ek Raat||1981|
|78||Raaste Pyar Ke||1982|
|79||Hamari Bahu Alka||1982|
|84||Kissi Se Na Kehna||1983|
|85||Pasand Apni Apni||1983|
|88||John Jani Janardhan||1984|
|89||Lakhon Ki Baat||1984|
|99||Aap Ke Saath||1986|
|100||Baat Ban Jaye||1986|
|105||Kissa Kathmandu Ka||1986–1987|
|106||Pyar Ke Kabil||1987|
|107||Aaj Ka Robin Hood||1987|
|108||Asha o Bhalobasha||1988|
|110||La Nuit Bengali||1988|
|113||Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai||1990|
|118||Padma Nadir Majhi||1993|