The man who was branded as the "flop-master"translated himself as the "past master"in the Bengali-film-world. Yes, the man is none other than Uttam Kumar, who by virtue of his diligence, iron-will, tenacity for betterment made him what he was. For an episode in "Saptapadi" he used to go to Utpal Dutt to gain perfection for the role of Othello. Utpal Dutt recalls " Like an obedient student Uttam-babu would follow how I spoke, how I moved". An actor of such profile should always be a student.