Joy Mukherjeewrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Rabi Ghosh was one of the most popular and versatile actors of Bengali Cinema. Although he had performed different shades of roles, but his role as a comedian is still appreciated by all movie lovers. He was born on 24th November, 1931 in Kolkata. His real name was rabi Ghosh Dostidar. He completed his Matriculation from the reputed South Suburban Main School in 1949.After completing his ISC , he joined Ashutosh College for graduation. But this great actor couldn’t resist his desire for acting and left his studies midway. He used to work in Bankshal Court from 1953 to 1959.First he got married to actress Anubha Gupta.But after her demise, he tied his knot to Baishakhi Devi on 24th November, 1982.
Rabi Ghosh’s brilliant role in the play “ Angar” was noticed by Director Aurabinda Mukhopadhay.So he made his debut in a small role in Aurabinda Mukhopadhay’s film “Ahoban” in 1959. But his role in Satyajit Ray’s Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne (1968)became a landmark in his career and he is still fondly remembered by all as Bagha.Abhijan, Aranyer Din Ratri(1970) Heerak Rajar Dese(1980), Goopi Bagha phire elo (1991), Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) are some of his memorable movies. He was also a noted theatre personality who was a student of Utpal Dutta’s Little Theatre Group..He had also traveled extensively abroad for his performances in Berlin(1969), Mauritius(1988), USA and Europe in (1995).He also directed the famous movie “Nidhiram Sardar”.In 1970, he also participated in the world famous Berlin Film Festival as the lead actor of Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne. He was the founder of the theatre group “chalachal”. In 1960 he was awarded Ultorath Award for his outstanding performance in the play “Angar”. This great legend passed away on 4th February, 1997.