Oddly, nothing in the form of a biography has been written before about Bengals most memorable actor, Uttam Kumar, in English.
Veteran film critic Swapan Mullicks Mahanayak Revisited goes behind the professional life and public face of Bengals most idolised actor to reveal little-known details of the stars unconscious power in the film industry for more than thirty years, the dazzling achievements dampened by dud disappointments, the aberrations attendant on a life constantly in the floodlights as well as the human face that was masked by his towering image in front of the camera all of which have resulted in, for cine- lovers, an attachment that survives more than thirty years after his death.
Mullick researches the reason for our undying worship of, and emotional links with, Bengals most enduring screen hero, emerging with a gripping portrait of a true master of his art.
About the Author Swapan Mullick is a National Award-winning film critic and journalist. He has been a lecturer and juror at national and international film festivals and was Director, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, from 2006 to 2009.
Ratings and Reviews
6 Ratings &
A Highly Cynical View...Some Wrong Facts and Information
Mr.Swapan Mullick in this book, had presented his own view of Mahanayak,writing foolish information and had tried to impress using bombard English and stupid sense of humour.He says that more than 70% of his films have been destroyed which is completely wrong as I have traced 160 of his 207 known films...Nothing definite can be learnt from his book,because it written from a critic's point of view,not as neutral which we would all prefer,but some 8 pretty rare photos are in the book and in som...
Feel richer by reading it. Not comprehensive in detail, but good enough work.
This is one of those books that one always wishes comes about once in a while. The great Bengali actor Uttam Kumar was simply reason enough for me to pick this book up and get home to read it as soon as possible.
For those (English language readers) who agonize over the unavailability of any authorized biography/autobiography and hardly know anything at all about Bengal's most famous luminary, who had the Bengali cinema audiences spellbound throughout 1950s, 60s & 70s post-renaissance Calcut...