Kolkata, Sept 3 (IBNS) Three decades and a half have passed since his demise in 1980 plunging the Tollywood film industry in utter doldrums back then, but the halo surrounding Bengali cinema’s only matinee idol Uttam Kumar only gets bigger with time.
New heroes came and after a period of poor production values films got slicker following Bollywood and the southern industry, but even now nothing beats the aura of Uttam Kumar.
Uttam Kumar (3 September 1926 – 24 July 1980) (born as Arun Kumar Chatterjee) was an Indian film actor, director, producer, singer and music composer, playback singer who predominantly worked in Indian Cinema , Kumar managed to have a huge fan following, that mainly concentrated in the regions of West Bengal, India. 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.
In 1980 while filming Ogo Bodhu Shundori, Uttam Kumar suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Belleveue Clinic. The doctors did their best for 16 hours but he died that night on 24 July 1980 at the age of 54. As his death body found its way across Bhowanipur and finally to the Keoratala Burning Ghat, traffic in Kolkata came to a halt as thousands flocked the streets to pay their respects and have a last glimpse of the legend. Source – wikipedia.