Pritam Roywrote on Sep 22 2011 2:32PM
Bibhu Bhattacharya started his career as a child star. He acted in many films in the 1950s. However, he gained prominence and became a household name only in 1998 as Jatayu in Sandip Ray’s Feluda films based on stories by his late father, maestro Satyajit Ray.
Bibhu Bhattacharya never attended any school. He was acting in studios, when other boys of his age were studying. At the age of four-and-a-half he started acting in a film called Maryada (1950) starring Uttam Kumar.
He was called Master Bibhu, one of the most prominent child actors in Bengali films and very popular with actors like Jahar Ganguly and Chhabi Biswas. He played the title role in the movie Prahlad (1952) and did movies like Bindur Chhele (1952), Dhruba (1953), Rani Rashmoni (1955), Dui Bon (1955). After he grew up and became a teenager, he could no longer be a child actor and offers began to dry up. His last film as a child actor was Sagar Sangame (1959). Then, he didn’t get another film for almost 38 years. In between, he kept himself busy with theater and TV serials.
It was only in 1998 that he got the dream role of Jatayu. His first film as Jatayu was Bombayer Bombete (2003) and he also acted as Jatayu in Kailashe Kelenkari (2007), Tintorettor Jishu (2007) and Gorosthane Sabdhan (2010). He completed shooting for the new Feluda film, Royal Bengal Rahasya (Unreleased). Initially, it was difficult to replace the legendary actor, Santosh Dutta as Jatayu, but he became popular with time. With popularity of Jatayu, he also got some other roles in movies like Mallick Bari (2009) and Bela Sheshe (2009).
He passed away on Sept 22 of a heart attack in Calcutta. He had completed dubbing for the Feluda film the day before.