August 5, 2011 5:49:55 pm
Paying rich tributes to Bengals celluloid icon Uttam Kumar,on his death anniversary,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently said that an award would be instituted in the name of the Mahanayak from next year. Uttam Kumar had created a golden age for Bengali cinema. Many new things have come,but no one can forget his contribution, Banerjee said while inaugurating a film festival to commemorate the stars 31st death anniversary at Uttam Mancha.
Many new artistes have come but in those days,when many of his films were in black and white,Uttam Kumar had created magic that still exists and people love to watch his films even today, Banerjee said. Uttam Kumar,who had acted in 202 films from 1947 to 1980,had given a string of super-hit films and had played a pivotal role in keeping the Bengali film industry in good health.
Observing that the hero would always remain in the hearts of the people,she said that the Uttam Mancha Auditorium,taken over by Kolkata Municipal Corporation on her prodding,would be turned into one of the best auditoriums in West Bengal where apart from cinema,theatres and cultural shows would be held.
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