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Veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee remembers late Sanjeev Kumar

Moushumi Chatterjee is known for her strong performance in her debut Hindi film Anurag, and has acted in other notable films Roti Kapdaa Aur Makaan, Benaam, and Manzil. She delivered the keynote address at the inauguration of the tribute event.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
November 10, 2019 4:29:47 am
Moushumi Chatterjee

The Film and Television Institute of Pune (FTII) paid a cinematic tribute to Sanjeev Kumar, one of Hindi cinema’s most versatile and endearing actors, over this weekend. It was on November 6, 1985, that Haribhai Jariwala (popularly known as Sanjeev Kumar) passed away. ‘Smarananjali-remembering the legend: Tum aa gaye ho, noor aa gaya hai’ was inaugurated by veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee, who shared screen space with the late actor in the superhit film Angoor and other films such as Daasi and Itnee Si Baat.

Chatterjee is known for her strong performance in her debut Hindi film Anurag, and has acted in other notable films Roti Kapdaa Aur Makaan, Benaam, and Manzil. She delivered the keynote address at the inauguration of the tribute event.

Speaking about her role in the film Goynaar Baksho, Chatterjee said, “The writer was my mausaji, Aparna Sen approached me when I had already read the book, she said it was an older role and I would have to learn the bangaal bhasha. My roots are in Dhaka, Bikrampur. My nani and mother used to speak that language. Kudos to Aparna Sen for being an excellent narrator, she taught me Faridpur bangal bhasha, she gave me a tape to help me understand.”

Reminiscing her time with Sanjeev Kumar, Chatterjee spoke to The Indian Express. “I’m the only actress to call him Jariwala, I found it to be a funny title and didn’t want to call him by his full name. He used to call me ‘Moush’, many people don’t know how to pronounce my name. I have to break it down for them, Mou, shoe and then me, Moushumi. I worked with him as his daughter in our first film together, Zindagi. He played my husband’s elder brother in our second film with Shashi Kapoor, Swayamvar, then came Swarag Narak, where he played my husband’s friend. I remember I had started working on a film and quit after three days, it was Gulzar’s Koshish, due to some demands that I didn’t agree with; hence I left, Haribhai knew this and he said ‘Hats off, woman. There will be a time when he will come to you’.”

She added, “Haribhai used to love non-vegetarian food but he couldn’t eat it at home. He used to come anytime to my house and even if my husband and I were leaving for a party, he would come and say, ‘I’ve brought films, if you don’t mind, fridge mein non-veg hai kya?’.”

“One day I lost my temper when Haribhai came to my place at midnight and my younger daughter was a few months old, I yelled at him and said, ‘Next time, you want to eat, send driver, eat on the road, this is a home, not a filmy party’, and I remember my husband asking me to shut up, and Haribhai said ‘Babu its okay, she’s like a mother’,” she said.

“The two things I remember about him are that he was a great actor but an even better human being. He was the only hero who would come home, I don’t think he’s dead, he’s still here,” she said.

Bhupendra Kainthola, director, FTII, said, “Students training to be screen actors performed on select songs such as Terey bina zindagi se shikva toh nahi (Aandhi) and Baahon mein chaley aao (Anamika). The event was a homage from budding actors of FTII to the iconic performer. As part of the specially curated tribute, films directed by Gulzar Koshish (1972), Aandhi (1975) and Angoor (1982) were screened. Under ‘Smarananjali’ series launched in 2017, FTII has demystified and presented the life and works of legends like V K Murthy, Mangesh Desai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nabendu Ghosh, Guru Dutt and now Sanjeev Kumar. ‘Smarananjali’ and other initiatives like ‘Padaarpan’ are designed to take cinema closer to the people.” November 10 is Day 2, the final day, of ‘Smarananjali’.

Prof Pankaj Saxena, screen studies & research, will introduce Aandhi, while students will present a performance analysis of Sanjeev Kumar.

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