B.H.Harsh wrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Amiya Chakrabarty was born on November 30, 1912 in Bogra, East Bengal.
Amiya was a full time political activist and was arrested during the Satyagraha. Forced to leave Bengal, Amiya Chakrabarty came to Bombay and joined Bombay Talkies.
Amiya Chakrabarty got his break in Hindi films as a story writer for the film Bandhan (1940) which was directed by N. R. Acharya. A year later, Amiya made his directorial debut with Anjaan (1941) for Bombay Talkies starring Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani, the biggest stars in those days. It did decent business at the box-office.
Later, He made many unsuccessful films like Jwar Bhata (1944), Girls’ School (1947) and Badal (1951). Amiya Chakrabarty’s turning point was Daag (1952), starring Dilip Kumar and Nimmi. Exploring the traumas of a man who has lost his battle of life and hits the bottle, Daag struck a chord with the audience and was a huge success. With Daag, Amiya also ventured into production, and reaped in heavy profits.
Amiya Chakrabarty then went on to make Shehanshah (1953), which sank without a trace. However, He came back with Patita (1954) which was successful at Box-office.
However, Amiya’s best work was Seema (1955). Both socially relevant and Entertaining, Seema was a huge success both at the box-office and critically. It also fetched Nutan her first Filmfare award for Best Actress. He won the Filmfare Best Story Award in 1955 for Seema. His critically acclaimed Dekh Kabir Roya (1957) is considered as one of the finest and contemporary comedies made in the 50s. But on March 6, 1957, a few days after the release of Dekh Kabira Roya, Amiya Chakrabarty died due to heart failure.