Nabyendu Chatterjee (1937 – 14 January 2009) was an Indian Bengali and Hindi film director and producer.In 1991 he received 38th National Award for the Best Feature Film in Bengali.
The cinema of West Bengal, also known as Tollywood, refers to the Indian Bengali language film industry based in the Tollygunge region of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The origins of the nickname Tollywood, a portmanteau of the words Tollygunge and Hollywood, dates back to 1932. It was a historically important film industry, at one time the centre of Indian film production. The Bengali film industry is known for producing many of Indian cinema's most critically acclaimed global Parallel Cinema and art films, with several of its filmmakers gaining prominence at the Indian National Film Awards as well as international acclaim. Since the late 20th century, the Bengali film industry has become smaller, overtaken by other regional industries such as Bollywood and South Indian cinema.
The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal.
Chatterjee started his career as an actor in 1962 but soon turned into direction. He worked with Bengali director Aravind Mukherjee as an assistant. He made his directorial debut with an experimental Hindi film Naya Rasta in 1967. In his career he was known as independent, off beat film maker with un parallel and art films. His choice of literary stories to be translated into film scripts by himself. In 1981 Chatterjee made Sarisreep base on Manik Bandopadhyay's story. His last finished work Mansur Miyar Ghora attracted positive criticism soon after release.Chatterjee could not complete his last film, Sanskar, a project he pursued for years. He died at the age of 71 after a massive heart attack in his North Kolkata residence in 2009.
Bengalis, also rendered as Bengali people, Bangalis, and Bangalees, are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group native to the Bengal region in South Asia, specifically in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, presently divided between Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam's Barak Valley, who speak Bengali, a language from the Indo-Aryan language family. The term "Bangalee" is also used to denote people of Bangladesh as a nation.
Manik Bandopadhyay was a Bengali writer and novelist, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th century Bengali literature. During a lifespan of 48 years, plagued simultaneously by illness and financial crisis, he produced 36 novels and 177 short stories. His notable works include Padma Nadir Majhi and Putul Nacher Itikatha, Shahartali and Chatushkone.
North Kolkata is a significant area in Kolkata and is the oldest part of the city. It consists of many neighbourhoods such as Shyambazar, Bagbazar, Kumartuli, Shobhabazar, Posta, Jorasanko, Rajabazar, Phoolbagan, Maniktala, Kankurgachi, Ultadanga, Chitpur, Belgachia, Cossipore and Sinthee etc. There are lots of old heritage buildings and temples. Well known Shovabazar Rajbari is situated there.
Naya Raasta is a 1970 Bollywood drama film, produced by I.A.Nadiadwala on Pushpa Pictures banner and directed by Khalid Akhtar. The film stars Jeetendra, Asha Parekh in the lead roles and music composed by N. Dutta.
Adwitiya ; is a popular Bengali television series that aired from 13 June 2011 to 2 March 2012 on Star Jalsha channel.It was the production of Ideas Creations and the concept was initialized by Prosenjit Chatterjee. The show was directed by Joydeep Mukherjee and the script was jointly written by Anuja Chattopadhyay and Kaushik Bhattacharya.The series was shot on the backdrop of Sunderbans.It starred popular Bengali actors Indrasish Roy, Sohini Sarkar, Gaurav Chakraborty in the lead roles.It was widely acclaimed and was appreciated by the viewers immensely due to its unconventional storyline.It won awards for Best Villain and Best Couple at Star Jalsha Paribar awards in 2012.
Ranur Pratham Bhag is a Bengali drama film directed and produced by Nabyendu Chatterjee based on a same name story of Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay. This film was released in 1972 under the banner of Mahamaya Productions. Child actress Neera Maliya received the National Award as Best Child Artist.
Pradeep Kumar was an Indian actor who is recognized for his work in Hindi, Bengali and English-language films.
Moushumi Chatterjee is an Indian actress who is recognized for her work in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. Her on-screen pairings with actors such as Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra were popular. She was the sixth highest paid actress in Hindi films. She has joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 2 January 2019.
Tarun Majumdar is a Bengali Indian film director who is known for his work in Bengali cinema. He is notable for his depiction of Bengali culture and society. Many of his films are literature-based. He has recreated classics written by Bimal Kar, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, and Tarashankar Bandopadhyay on celluloid. Another feature of many of his films is the ample use of songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore to convey a range of emotions. Although often lacking in critical acclaim as some of his peers like Tapan Sinha, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, he has consistently produced box-office hits for over forty years.
Satabdi Roy is an Indian actress, film director and politician. As an actress she is known for her work in Bengali cinema. She is the recipient of BFJA Awards for two times. As an actress, she ruled the array of commercial Bengali cinema during the late 1980s and 1990s. As a director, she has been denounced critically for her use of superfluous themes. She is a Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha since 2009.
Debashree Roy is an Indian actress, dancer, choreographer, politician and animal rights activist. As an actress, she is known for her work in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil cinema. She acted under the screen name Chintamani in the Tamil film industry. She has been cited as the reigning queen of Bengali commercial cinema. She acted in more than a hundred films and won over forty awards, including a National Award, three BFJA Awards, five Kalakar Awards and an Anandalok Award. As a dancer, she is known for her stage adaptations of the various forms of Indian folk dances as well as her innovative dance forms imbued with elements from Indian classical, tribal and folk dance. She is the producer, choreographer and motivator of Natraj dance troupe. She is the founder of Debasree Roy Foundation, a non-profit organization that works for the cause of stray animals. Roy is a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Raidighi constituency since 2011.
Debaki Bose (1898–1971), Padma Shri, also known as Debaki Kumar Bose, was an Indian director, writer, and actor who is recognized for his contribution in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. He was born on 25 November 1898 in Kaigram,, Burdwan, Bengal, British India. He died on 17 November 1971 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. He is known for his innovative use of sound and music in Indian Cinema. He worked first under the banner of British Dominion Films of Dhiren Ganguly and later with Pramathesh Barua's Barua Pictures and finally he joined New Theatres banner in 1932. He started his own production company, Debaki Productions, in 1945.
Tota Roy Chowdhury is an Indian actor and martial artist based in Kolkata. He predominantly appears in Bengali and Hindi cinema.
Abhishek Chatterjee is an Indian actor who is known for his work in Bengali cinema. He made his acting debut alongside veterans such as Sandhya Roy, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Tapas Paul and Utpal Dutt with the Bengali film Pathbhola (1986) directed by Tarun Majumdar.
Srijit Mukherji is an Indian, film director, actor, and screenwriter who predominantly works in Bengali cinema. His first feature film, Autograph (2010), was a critical and commercial success, winning 41 awards. His fifth film, Jaatishwar, won 4 national awards at India's 61st National Film Awards (2014). He won the National Film Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for his sixth film, Chotushkone, at India's 62nd National Film Awards. His eighth film, Rajkahini, became an official selection at the 19 international film festivals, and has been remade into a Hindi film titled, Begum Jaan, starring Vidya Balan in 2017. His 2018 release Ek Je Chhilo Raja won the 'Best Bengali Film' Award at India's 66th National Film Awards.
Raj Kiran Mahtani is a former Indian actor who is recognised for his work in Bollywood. Born in a Sindhi family in Mumbai, he made his debut opposite Sarika in B. R. Ishara's Kaagaz Ki Nao (1975) and achieved the crest of his career in the 1980s, having appeared in more than 100 films.
Chhaya Devi (1914–2001) was an Indian actress known for her work in Bengali and Hindi cinema. She appeared in hundreds of films for over five decades.
Arundhati Devi was an Indian actress, director and writer who is predominantly known for her work in Bengali cinema.
Radhu Karmakar was a noted Indian cinematographer and director in Hindi cinema from the 1940s to 1990s. He worked extensively with director-actor Raj Kapoor's film and his R. K. Studio. Starting with Awaara (1951), he shot all of his subsequent films for four decades, till his last, Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985).
Partho Ghosh is an Indian film director and Producer of Bollywood. He has also directed Bengali films. His successful films include 100 Days with Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit and Teesra Kaun with Mithun Chakraborty. But he is known for the success of Dalaal (1993) and then Agni Sakshi (1996) with Nana Patekar.
Joy Banerjee is an Indian actor and politician. As an actor he is known for his work in Bengali Cinema.
Asit Bandopadhyay is a Bengali dramatist, screenwriter and actor. He is associated with the Nandikar theater group. He lives and works in Kolkata, India.
Mithu Mukherjee is a former Indian actress who appeared in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. She made her debut in a 1972 Bengali film Shesh Parba directed by Chitta Bose. She was catapulted to stardom after she had donned the role of Morgiana in Dinen Gupta's Marjina Abdulla (1973) and sustained it with further roles in Bengali films such as Nishikanya (1973), Mouchak (1975), Swayamsiddha (1975), Hotel Snow Fox (1976), Bhagyachakra (1980) and Sandhi (1980). She made her Bollywood debut with Dulal Guha's Khaan Dost (1976). After her Dujane (1984) had tanked at box office, she took a sabbatical of six years and returned to silver screen with Chandra Barot's commercially successful drama Ashrita (1990).
Debashree Roy is an Indian actress who has performed in over hundred films. She is a National Award winner actress and known for her work in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. She has been a highly successful leading actress in Bengali cinema throughout eighties and nineties as well as a critically acclaimed actress. Her first acting assignment was Hiranmoy Sen's Bengali devotional film Pagal Thakur (1966) where she was cast as an infant Ramakrishna Paramhansa and rose to prominence after she had been cast as Ranu in Tarun Majumdar's Bengali suspense thriller Kuheli (1971). Her first adult role came with Arabinda Mukhopadhyay's Bengali flick Nadi Theke Sagare (1978). She shot to a wider recognition after she had been cast in Aparna Sen's directorial debut 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Kanak Mishra's Jiyo To Aise Jiyo (1981) under Rajshri Productions. Her other Hindi films include Desh Gautam's Bura Aadmi (1982), Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao's Justice Chaudhury (1983), Mukul Dutt's Phulwari (1984), Akash Jain's Seepeeyan (1984), Vijay Singh's Kabhi Ajnabi The (1985), Kanak Mishra's Pyar Ka Sawan (1989), Bhabendra Nath Saikia's Kaal Sandhya (1997), Prasanta Bal's Hindustani Sipahi (2002). In 1985, she acted in Tarun Majumdar's romantic flick Bhalobasa Bhalobasa which was a major success at box office. This film ensured Roy's pairing with Tapas Paul as the leading on-screen pairing of nineteen eighties. Her other major hits with Paul includes films such as Lalmahal (1986), Uttar Lipi (1986), Arpan (1987), Shankhachur (1988), Surer Sathi (1988), Surer Akashe (1988), Nayanmani (1989), Chokher Aloy (1989), Shubha Kamana (1991), Mayabini (1992), Phire Paoa (1993), Tobu Mone Rekho (1994), Putra Badhu (1998) and Sundar Bou (1999).
Marjina Abdulla is a 1973 Bengali film directed by Dinen Gupta. This film has been music directed by Salil Choudhury.The film starring Gita Dey, Utpal Dutt, Santosh Dutta, Mithu Mukherjee and Debraj Ray in the lead roles.