Happy Birthday Comedy King of Bengal – Remembering Bhanu Bandyopadhyay

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Bhanu Bandhapadhyay
Bhanu Bandhapadhyay

Happy Birthday to Great Comedy King of Bengal

Bhanu Bandyopadhyay (26 August 1920 – 4 March 1983); very few knows that his original name by birth was Samyamoy Bandyopadhyay;He was an Indian actor, known for his work in Bengali cinema. He acted in over 300 movies, in numerous plays and performed frequently on the radio.

But very few knows that he was student of Achrya Satyen Bose great scientist and inventor of Bose – Einstein Statistics. A good student too.

Bhanu Bandyopadhyay was born on 26 August 1920 at Bikrampur, Dhaka. He studied at Pogose School and St. Gregory’s High School followed by Jagannath College. He then moved to Calcutta in the 1940s. In his initial years Bhanu Bandyopadhyay worked at the Steel Control Board.

Bhanu Bandyopadhyay started his acting career as a stand-up comedian in Dhaka. He performed at office parties and then moved on to larger venues. In 1943, he released his first major comic gramophone record Dhakar Gadoane. Its success prompted him to release a new record every year during Durga Puja. Bandyopadhyay’s breakthrough film role was in Nirmal Dey’s Basu Parivar (1952) where he played a Bangal businessman.

The next year his role as Kedar in Share Chuattar made him rise to fame. His quote in the film “Mashima, malpoa khamu” (Aunty, I want to eat malpoa a bengali sweet dish) became a popular catchphrase.

He went on to act in over 300 movies like Bhrantibilash and Pasher Bari. In most of his films he played comedic roles in which he exaggerated Bengali accents and mannerisms for comic effect.

He teamed up with his best friend comedian Jahor Roy for many films like Bhanu Pelo Lottery and the humorous detective story Bhanu Goenda Johar Assistant.

Typically, in the pair’s films Bhanu Bandyopadhyay would take the role of the Bangal and Roy would be the comical Ghoti character (although in real life, both were Bangals). Although chiefly known as a comedian, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay played serious roles in the film Galpa Holeo Sottyi.

He also played the lead roles in Jomaloyer Jibonto Manus, Personal Assistant, Miss Priyambada and Ashite Asio na. Later in his career Bhanu Bandyopadhyay founded his own Jatra group called Mukto Mancha. He produced, directed and acted in his own productions, traveling around the country with the troupe.

Bhanu Bandyopadhyay was married to Nilima Mukhopadhyay, a playback singer. They had three children – Basabi Ghatak (née Bandyopadhyay), Gautam and Pinaki

Enjoy Bhanu and His Never Ending Comedy

 

Filmography

Year Films
1947 Jagaran, Abhijog
1948 Sharbohara
1949 Mantramugdha, Ja Hoi Na
1950 Krishan, Tothapi, Digbhranta, Dwairath, Mandando
1951 Barjatri, Palatak, Rupantar, Shetu
1952 Aladin O Ascharya Pradip, Kapalkundala, Jabanbondi, Basu Paribar, Darpachurna, Patri Chai, Pasher Bari, Prarthana, Bindur Chhele, Mahishashur Badh, Ratrir Tapashya
1953 Share Chuattar, Adrishya Manush, Kajori, Keranir Jiban, Natun Ihudi, Pathnirdesh, Banhangshi, Bastab, Bouthakuranir Hut, Boudir Bon, Maharaja Nandakumar, Rakhi,Rami Chandidash, Lakh Taka, Shashurbari, Sat Number Kayedi, Harilakhhi
1954 Atom Bomb, Ora Thake Odhare, Kalyani, Grihaprabesh, Chhele Kar, Jaidev, Jagrihi, Dukhhir Iman, Nil Shari, Boloygrash, Barbella, Bikram Urbashi, Bhangagara, Mani ar Manik, Maner Mayur, Moroner Pore, Ladies Seat, Satir Dehatyag, Sadanander Mela
1955 Ardhangini, Bandish (Hindi), Ek Gao Ki Kahani (Hindi), Aparadhi, Atmadarshan, Chattujjay Barujjay, Chhoto Bou, Joi Ma Kali Boarding, Jyotishi, Dashyu Mohan, Durlav Janam, Devi malini, Nishidhha Fall, Bir Hambir, Bratacharini, Bhalobasha, Rani Rashmoni, Sajghor, Sanjher Pradip
1956 Asomapta, Amar Bou, Ekti Rat, Gobindadas, Tonsil, Taka Ana Pai, Daner Marjada, Mahanisha, Bhadurymoshai, Mamlar Fall, Lakhhahira, Shuvoratri, Shabdhan, Shaheb Bibi Gholam, Suryamukhi
1957 Andhare Alo, Ektara, Ogo Shunchho, Kanchamithe, Khela Bhangar Khela, Ghum, Jibantrishna, Natun Prabhat, Nilachaley Mahaprabhu, Bashantabahar, Baroma,Madhumalati, Shesh Parichoy, Srimatir Shangshar
1958 Kalamati, Jonakir Alo, Daktarbabu, Nupur, Bhanu Pelo Lottery, Manmoyee Girls School, Jomalaye Jibanta manush, Louhakapat, Suryatoron, Shargo marto
1959 Nirdharita Shilpir Anupasthite, Personal Assistant, Pushpadhanu, Mriter martey Agaman, Shonar Horin
1960 Shaharer Itikatha, Shesh Parjanto, Shokher Chor, Surer Piyashi, Hospital
1961 Kanchanmulya, Kathin Maya, Kanamachhi, Bishkanya, Roybahadur, Mr and Mrs Chowdhury, Shayombara
1962 Agnishikha, Atal Jaler Ahaban, Abhisharika, Dadathakur, Badhu, Mayar Shangshar
1963 Akash Pradip, Chhayasurya, Dui Nari, Dui Bari, Barnochora, Bhrantibilash, Preyashi, Satbhai, High Heel, Hashi Shudhu hashi Noi
1964 Jiban kahini, Dip Neve Nai, Bingshati Janani
1965 Abhoya O Srikanta, Alor Pipasha, Etotuku Basha, Gulmohor, Tapashi, Debotar Deep, Dolna, Mahalogno, Pati Shangshodhini Shamity, Mukhujjay Paribar, Rajkanya
1966 Kal Tumi Aleya, Galpa Holeo Satyi, Joradighir Chowdhury Paribar, Mayabini Lane, Shesh Tin Din
1967 Ashite Ashiyo Na, Anthony Phiringee, Kheya, Nayika Shangbad, Prastar Shakhhor, Miss Priyangbada, Hathat Dekha, Hate Bajare
1968 Apanjon, Garh Nashimpur, Chowrangee, Pathe Holo Dekha, Baghini
1969 Dadu, Ma O Meye, Shukshari, Shabarmati
1970 Aleyar Alo, Pratham Kadam Phul, Rajkumari, Sagina Mahato
1971 Ekhane Pinjar, Pratham Bashanta, Bhanu Goyenda Jahar Assistant, Malyadan
1972 Stree
1973 Nakal Shona, Nishikanya, Bindur Chhele, Roudrachhaya
1974 Sagina, Prantorekha, Shangini
1975 Kabi, Nishimrigaya, Priyo Bandhabi, Sangshar Shimante, Shayongswhidhha
1976 Nandita, Shikarokti, Harmonium
1977 Ashadharon, Ek Je Chhilo Desh, Chhotto Nayak, Ramer Shumati
1978 Bandi
1979 Devdas
1980 Dorpochurna, Priyatoma, Bhagyachakra, Matribhokto Ramprashad, Shondhi
1981 Kopalkundala, Shubarnolata, Pratishodh
1982 Preyoshi, Bijoyinee
1983 Shahar Theke Dure, Shargadapi Gariyashi
1984 Shorgol

Records (Comedy audio clips)

  • Dhakar Garoan (1943)
  • Cinema Bibhrat with Sabitri Chatterjee
  • Babhharambhe Loghukriawith Sabitri Chatterjee
  • Shwami Chai
  • Lady Typist
  • Pujor Bajar
  • Bibaha Bima
  • Chandragupta
  • Sputnik
  • Sangeet Chayan
  • Fatiklal
  • Election with Chinmoy Roy
  • Kartababur Deshbhraman
  • Hanumaner Nagar Darshan
  • Lord Bhanu
  • Bhanu Elo Kolkataye
  • Telephone Bibhrat
  • Karta Banam Ginni
  • Paribar parikalpana
  • Naba Ramayan
  • Amon Din O Ashbe
  • Bhanushharananda
  • Rajjotak with Gita Dey
  • Juger Abhijog
  • Ghatak Shangbad
  • Chatujjay Barujjay
  • Sarbojonin Jom Pujo
  • Nayikar Shandhane