New Delhi, July 24: Uttam Kumar — popular matinee idol, actor extraordinaire and the first megastar of Bengali film industry — has left an indelible mark in the history of cinema of Bengal, especially the period which is regarded by critics as its “golden age”. To pay tributes to the legendary actor, fondly called “Mahanayak”, or the Great Hero, the Government of West Bengal organized a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium here today.
The festival was inaugurated in the gracious presence of Shri Atanu Purkayastha, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal and Shri R.D. Meena, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal.
The two films screened at the retrospective were “Jhinder Bondi” (1961), a classic tale of royalty, power and greed directed by Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee filmmaker Tapan Sinha and “Nayak” (1966), one of the most powerful works of movie maestro Satyajit Ray which deals with the life of a film star, delving into his innermost secrets and bringing out the man behind the façade of a matinee idol.
The West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre, under the Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, is regularly holding special screening of critically acclaimed movies for the connoisseurs of the national capital. A two-day retrospective — “Best of Indian Cinema – Bengal Film Festival” — was organized in collaboration with Doordarshan at Banga Bhavan here in September last year while a day-long festival of films based on writings by Nobel Laureate author-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore was held at Muktadhara Auditorium in the month of May.