Kolkata: This Saturday, a day ahead of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar’s , one of the greatest superstars of Indian cinema, on his 36th death anniversary, members of renowned singer Pankaj Kumar Mullick and Uttam Kumar’s family, organised a cultural evening at a city auditorium.
The legendary actor in the Bengali cinema had acted in over 250 films. His first film ‘Dristidan’, released in 1948, was a box office hit. He was a recipient of many awards over his lifetime, including National Film Award for Best Actor. A Metro Station in Kolkata was renamed in his honour.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who adored Uttam Kumar like an idol, paid homage to the legendary actor, who died in 1980 at the age 54.
The event featured performances and acts that paid tribute to the myriad works of the two legends of Bengali cinema.
Jhinuk Gupta, granddaughter-in-law of Mullick, who performed at the event, said, “Both the legends are symbols of progressive works in our industry. Through this unique programme, we want to give the audience a glimpse of their real-life struggles. I am thrilled to be a part of this show.”
“Uttam Kumar is still living among all of us and he will always remain the most sought-after actor,” said Prosenjit Chatterjee who was the chief guest of the evening.
The event drew to a close with Monami Ghosh, Sonalee Chaudhuri and Tonni Laha Roy dancing to a few all-time hit numbers from the Mahanayak’s films. via