Utpal Dutt Death Anniversary: Five Versatile Movies of his time

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Utpal Dutt was born on 29 March 1929 in Barisal ( now in Bangladesh) was an Indian actor, director,writer-playwright. He remained a progressive figure in Bengali theatre and Indian cinema for more than 40 years. He acted more than 100 Bengali and Hindi films in a career spanning of 40 years. His notable roles in films such as Mrinal Sens Bhuvan Shome (1969), Satyajit Rays Agantuk (1991), Gautam Ghoses Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) and Hrishikesh Mukherjees felicitous Hindi comedies such as Gol Maal (1979) and Rang Birangi (1983).

He received National Film Award for Best Actor in 1970 and three Filmfare Best Comedian Awards. In 1990, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Indias National Academy of Music, Dance and Theatre, awarded him its highest award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime contribution to theatre.

On 19 August 1993, Dutt died due to a heart attack right after he returned home from the S.S.K.M hospital, Calcutta, West Bengal where he had undergone dialysis.

On his 91st birth anniversary, heres a look of his five versatile movies:

1.Shaukeen

This classic comedy, starring Utpal Dutt, Ashok Kumar and A.K. Hangal in lead roles made everyone chuckled. A story about three older men, trying to live their life to the fullest also starred Rati Agnihotri and Mithun Chakroborty. The movie was again remade with the same name starring Akshay Kumar, Lisa Haydon, Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra, Annu Kapoor in the lead role.

2.Gol Maal

Another classic example of a 20s movie, Utpal Dutt plays the role of orthodox man of traditional values, who hates youth wearing modern clothes. It is impossible to not laugh at Dutts expressions as Bhavani Shankar who gets irritated with silly things. His chemistry with Amol Palekar, who plays a double role in the film is great fun.

3.Kissi Se Na Kehna

Utpal Dutt played the role of Kailash Pati, a widower, lives a retired life spending time complaining about the ways of a new generation in this light comedy feature film.

4.Baat Ban Jaye

In this film, Zeenat Aman plays Nisha, a wealthy businesswoman who wants to marry a poor and honest man. Her uncle, played by Utpal Dutt, tries to find a suitable match for her, with hilarious results.

5. Saaheb

In Anil Gangulys 1985 Hindi-language family drama, Dutt plays the role of a retired widower, Badri Prasad Sharma, who has four sons and one daughter. Dutt shines throughout the movie with his natural portrayal of a typical middle-class father who worries about his children.