Today is the birthday of the celebrated film and theatre actor, Haradhan Bandopadhyay. He was born in 1926 in Kushtia district of present Bangladesh.
He made his debut in the 1948 Bengali film, Devdut, directed by Atanu Bandopadhyay.
He acted in hundreds of plays, working with stalwarts like Ahindra Choudhury, Chhabi Biswas and Utpal Dutt. Among his notable roles was the one in Utpal Dutt's famous play, Ferari Fauj. In 1961, he won the prestigious Best Stage Artist award given by Ulto Rath magazine.
In films too, he played pivotal character roles. The iconic director like Satyajit Ray made good use of his skills as a thespian. The range of his capabilities can be gauged from the fact that he featured in six films by Satyajit Ray, a director known for his very particular choices when it came to actors – Mahanagar (1963), Kapurush (in Kapurush O Mahapurush) (1965), Seemabaddha (1971), Sonar Kella (1974), Joi Baba Felunathi (1978) and Shakha Proshakha (1990). He also featured in his son, Sandip Ray’s directorial debut, Phatik Chand (1983), and later in Goopy Bagha Phirey Elo (1991). Haradhan Bandopadhyay featured in four Feluda films in all – two by Satyajit Ray, and two by his son, Sandip Ray (Kailashe Kelenkari (2008) and Gorosthaney Sabdhan (2010)).
He also featured in another iconic director’s film - Akash Kusum (1965) by Mrinal Sen.
Among his other films are Niyoti (1951), Momer Alo (1964), Asati (1974), Pathbhola (1986), directed by Tarun Majumdar, Lal Darja (1997), directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta, Jibon Niye Khela (1999), Dekha (2001), directed by Goutam Ghose, etc.
He won a National Award for acting late in life for his stellar turn in the 2005 film, Krantikaal. He was also honoured with a Banga Vibhushan in 2012 by the West Bengal government for his outstanding contribution in the field of arts and culture.
His resume boasts of two Hindi films, both super hits – Parineeta (2005) and Barfi! (2012), for both of which he was well-appreciated.
Earlier, he was also a well-known radio artist, working for All India Radio.
He died in 2013 at the age of 87.
Written by Anushtup Haldar for Team M3.tv
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