Utpal Dutta: The Versatile Genius

Utpal Dutta: The Versatile Genius

Joy Mukherjee19 Aug 2008

Utpal Dutta, undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors India ever had. He played the protagonist, appeared as villain, highly appreciated as a comedian and in other movies made an impact as a character artist. He was perhaps the only actor in Bengali Industry who was equally successful in stage as well as in films. Here are some of the films that prove my point: Michael Madhusudan: In this film Utpal Dutta played the leading role. The choice was very obvious as Utpal Dutta had a huge researched knowledge on this legendary poet.

Utpal Dutta, undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors India ever had. On Utpal Duttas 15th death anniversary, an ardent fan of his, Joy Mukherjee analyzes some of his performances

Utpal Dutta, undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors India ever had. He played the protagonist, appeared as villain, highly appreciated as a comedian and in other movies made an impact as a character artist. He was perhaps the only actor in Bengali Industry who was equally successful in stage as well as in films. Here are some of the films that prove my point:

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Michael Madhusudan: In this film Utpal Dutta played the leading role. The choice was very obvious as Utpal Dutta had a huge researched knowledge on this legendary poet. It is needless to mention that he did an excellent job. Though later on Utpal Dutta said that due to lack of experience he was not hundred percent successful in portraying the character.

Saptapadi: A legendary film of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. But who can forget the famous voice over in Uttam Kumars lip in the scene of Othelo Drama. The great Shakesperian accent, unparallel drama though voice was highly appreciated by the audience. He showed how one could gain popularity without even acting in a film.

Amanush: A double version picture by Shakti Samanta. In both the versions Utpal Dutta played the negative role. It was the film that changed the definition of villain. Prior to this film we saw the villains who were rough in their appearance, harsh voice and scary look. But he changed this Bad Man image. Mahim Ghoshal (the name of the character played by Utpal Dutta) in Amanush was very polite, very submissive in front of all but when he was alone planning against the hero, his expression, as a dangerous villain was really scary.

Sreeman Prithwiraj and Gol Maal: Utpal Dutta gave a new dimension to comedy by his very own mannerism. Sometimes he blended his comedy with the negative characters and gained appreciation. Hirak Rajar Deshe is a burning example where Utpal Dutta successfully introduced comedy in a negative role.

His sense of timing, which is considered to be the most vital part of comedy acting, was superb. Reacting late to an event, or a double-take, was his trademark in comedy.

Saheb and Agantuk: Utpal Dutta played a completely different role in these movies. He played the role of a man with strong moral characters. No one can even think that at the same time he is playing villain and comic characters in other movies.

Parallel and Mainstream Movie: Utpal Dutta acted in Parallel Movies like Jana Aranya, Chorus, Bhuvan Shome at the same time in mainstream movies like Dhanraj Tamang, Amanush, The Great Gambler etc. He was the choice of directors like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen as well as mainstream directors like Shakti Samanta, Anjan Choudhury and others.

His talent knew no bound. Even at the pick of his movie career he did not gave up stage acting. This is really something very rare and we seldom find in movie industry. For these reasons Utpal Dutta is unique and stands out of others.

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