New Delhi, September 12: To pay tributes to legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, the Government of West Bengal organized a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium here today, the second such festival featuring his movies within a span of two months.
The three films screened at the retrospective were “Antony Firingee” (1967) and “Deya Neya” (1963), both directed by Sunil Bannerjee and “Chowringhee” (1968), directed by Pinaki Bhushan Mukherjee. 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”. The initiative by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, was a humble endeavour to bring some of the gems of his long and distinguished career to the movie buffs of the capital city.
The festival was inaugurated in the gracious presence of Shri Rajesh Kumar, ADG and Officer on Special Duty, Government of West Bengal, and other senior officials of the Office of the Resident Commissioner, New Delhi.
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.