Aparna wrote on Apr 23 2009 9:27PM
He inspired a generation and may be several generations after that. Women dreamt of having a boyfriend and husband like him and men tried out his hair-style . If one were to pick the genres in which he succeeded, it would include romance, romance and romance. Much has been writtten about the Uttam-Suchitra or Uttam-Supriya pair of the 50s and 60s. But some of his finest actings were seen in movies where he played the father, the son , the husband, and the common man. In "Bicharak" he plays the guilt laden lawyer who sees a reflection of his own crime in the eyes of those who are awaiting justice to be doled out by him. In "Stree" he is the ever negligent husband who can look little beyond his personal merriment and show of his wealth and has to face the greatest truth of his life when his own wife in her sweet little way teaches him a lesson by bearing him a son fathered by a man whom he fails to notice through out his life. In "Nayak" he plays the quintessential hero whose self esteem crumbles when he is forced to recount his life's journey on a fine evening to his young journalist co-passenger. In "Agniswar" he is the upright and patriotic doctor who never hesitates to put duty before self. In "Bagbondi Khela" he plays the mean , shrewd and hated man with a personal agenda who is willing to put to stake everything just for his selfish motives.
The various shades that he could play with elan makes one wonder whether this great actor's potential was exploited entirely or not. His many potrayal that of a lover in his every other movie were done to perfection: rich-arrogant lover('Shohorer ithikatha','Jiban Trishna'),poor -arrogant lover('Shuno boronari'),idealistic lover('Indrani','Dui Bhai'), shy bumpkin with a heart of gold lover('Abhayer biye', 'Bondhu','Chirakumar Shabha'),poor and lost-in-love lover(Shilpi) and a host of other kinds of a loverboy. Watching his movies give sheer joy of experiencing what an actor could do in those days of black-and-white cinema with no action or thrills or choreography or designer clothes yet superb only because of the extraordinary portrayal of some very ordinary characters.