Who Is Utpal Dutt?
Utpal Dutt was a famous actor of Indian Hindi cinema. He made his indelible mark in Hindi and Bangla films. Utpal Dutt was not only a high-profile actor, but also a skilled director and playwright. He played every role from serial to comedy with great seriousness. In the 1979 film ‘Golmaal’, the comedy of ‘Bhavani Shankar’ still haunts people. Metal Utpal Dutt joined the English theater in 1940 and made his acting debut. He played the lead role in the 1950 film Michael Madhusudan, which was well received by the people. He has acted in many memorable films like Guddi, Mulayam – Garam, Rang Birangi and Shaukeen.
Utpal Dutt Birth
Utpal Dutt was born on March 29, 1929 in a Hindu family in Barisal, East Bengal (British India). His father’s name was Girijaranjan Dutt, in the year 1960, Utpal Dutt married theater and film actress Shobha Sen. The daughter of Utpal Dutt and Shobha Sen is named Doctor Bishnupriya. They are his only child.
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Utpal Dutt’s father sent him to Kolkata for studies. Utpal ji completed the matriculation examination in 1945 and then in 1949 received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from ‘St. Xavier’s College’, Kolkata.
In 1940 Utpal Dutt joined the English theater and started acting. Utpal ji was very fond of Shakespearean literature. During this time he staged several plays in India and Pakistan with the theater company. He received a lot of accolades from the play ‘Othello’. After this Utpal ji moved from English to Bengali drama. After 1950, he joined a production company and thus began his career with Bengali films. His love of theater continued with Bengali films. During this time, he not only directed many plays but also did writing work. His plays on Bengali politics have also given rise to controversy at times.
As a comedian
In 1950, the famous filmmaker Madhu Bose gave him the lead role in his film ‘Michael Madhusudhan’, which was well appreciated. After this Utpal Dutt also acted in Satyajit Ray’s films. Utpal Dutt was known as a great comedian in Hindi cinema. Although he acted in very few films. ‘Guddi’, ‘Golmaal’, ‘Soft-hot’, ‘Colorless’ and ‘Shoukiin’.
Utpal Dutt was very busy in Hindi cinema very late, by the way, he had a great name in Bengali theater and cinema. He often made comedic roles in his long list of Hindi films. But in Amitabh Bachchan’s first film Saat Hindustani, he was also an Hindustani. In a way, Utpal ji was in the lead role and all other actors including Amitabh Bachchan were playing supporting roles. In the same way, the films that laid the foundation of Indian Parallel Cinema in the seventies, Bhuvan Shome was one of the major works and its protagonist was Utpal Dutt. Utpal ji also received the National Award for Best Actor in the year 1970 for the performance of this film. But in Hindi cinema, he got a lot of prestige and work from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Golmaal’, who neither made art films nor commercial formula films.
In the film ‘Golmaal’, Hrishikesh Mukherjee played the character of ‘Bhavani Shankar’ who had more than a mustache, in contrast to Utpal Dutt’s serious image. The comedic performance of all the actors ranging from Hero Amol Palekar to Dina Pathak is an example even today. But Utpal ji was so laughable that he received the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Comedian’ that year. In the film ‘Golmaal’, the manner in which Utpal ji spoke ‘good’ … had become his trade mark. Even today Mimikri Artist speaks that pillow Kalam, then the audience understands that he is copying Utpal Dutt. In Hindi films, he again got light-hearted roles. Then who could have thought that this veteran actor of Bengali and Hindi entertainment world started his career with English theater.