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Tarun Majumdar
Born Tarun Majumdar
1931
Bogra, Bengal
Occupation Film director

Tarun Majumdar( Born: 1931) (also often credited as Tarun Mazumdar) (Bengali: তরুণ মজুমদার Torun Mojumdar) is a Bengali Indian film director who makes films in Bengali and is notable for his depiction of Bengali culture and society. Many of his films are literature-based. He has recreated classics written by Bimal Kar, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, and Tarashankar Bandopadhyay on celluloid. Another feature of many of his films is the ample use of songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore to convey a range of emotions. Although often lacking in critical acclaim as some of his peers like Tapan Sinha, Satyajit Ray, and Mrinal Sen, he has consistently produced box-office hits for over forty years.[1]

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Early years

Majumdar was born in Bogra, Bengal, now in Bangladesh.

Career

His early films were credited to Yatrik (phonetically Jatrik in Bangla). Yatrik was the screen-name of the trio of directors Tarun Majumdar, Sachin Mukherji, and Dilip Mukherji until 1963 after which each began to be credited separately. As Yatrik, the trio created well-known classics such as Chaowa Paowa in 1959, starring matinee idol Uttam Kumar and screen-diva Suchitra Sen, and Palatak and Kancher Swarga, both in 1963.[2]

In 1965, Tarun Majumdar made two films Ektuku basha with Soumitra Chatterjee and Alor pipasha with Basanta Choudhury. Both films featured Sandhya Roy, a popular actress he married. In 1967, he made one of the top grossing films of the year, Balika Badhu, an adaptation of story written by Bimal Kar, in which a teenage Moushumi Chatterjee made her debut. He would remake this film in Hindi in 1976, where it was a moderate success. He would make quite a few box-office blockbusters through the years including (but not exclusively), Shriman Prithviraj, Ganadevata, Dadar kirti, Bhalobasha bhalobasha, Poroshmoni, and Apon amar apon. Apart from being a major success in 1980, Dadar kirti, based on a short story by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay introduced Debashree Roy and Tapas Pal. Both would go on to dominate the Bengali film screen for over a decade. In many films after Dadar kirti, Tapas Pal found himself typecast in similar roles to Kedar.

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2004 - present

In the middle of the Nineties, Tarun Majumdar retired from filmmaking. For almost a decade he stayed away from filmmaking. In 2004, Tarun Majumdar made a comeback with Alo (film), a film based on a story written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. This film received both critical and popular acclaim and became one of the hits of the year. As in many of Tarun Majumdar's films, the soundtrack featured songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore.

In 2006, he made another film casting Uttam kumar's grandson Gaurav and Hemanta Mukherjee's granddaughter,Mausumi's daughter as lead actors supported by acting divas like Soumitra Chatterjee,Mousumi,Tapas Pal,Paran Banerjee.But the film is moderate hit. Next year,in 2007,he made another feature film Chander Bari based on a joint family saga which got critical acclaim from viewers and the film is hit.Rituparna Sengupta again starred as main lead costarring Ranjit Mallik,Laboni Sarkar,Koel Mallik,Soham Chakroborty,Rishi Kaushik,Soumitra Chatterjee,Haradhan Banerjee,Tanima Sen,Dwijen Mukherjee,Biplabketan Chakraborty,Tathoi,Sharbari Mukherjee,Sumit Samaddar,Nayana Banerjee,Locket chatterjee and more. Famous playback singer Babul Supriyo has made his debut in this film opposite Rituparna. The songs featured in films again composed by Rabindranath Tagore.

Awards

Indian National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Ganadevata, (1979).

Filmography

  • Chaowa Pawa 1958
  • Smriti Tuku Thaak 1960
  • Kancher Swarga 1961
  • Palatak 1963
  • Alor Pipasa 1965
  • Ektuku Basa 1965
  • Balika Bodhu 1967
  • Rahgir 1969
  • Nimantran 1971
  • Thagini 1974
  • Phuleshwari 1974
  • Sansar Simante 1975
  • Balika Bodhu 1976
  • Pathbhola 1986
  • Agaman 1988
  • Parasmoni 1988
  • Apan Aamar Apan 1990
  • Path-O-Prasad 1991
  • Sajani Go Sajani 1991
  • Katha Chhilo 1994
  • Alo (2003)
  • Chander Bari (2007)

References

  1. ^ "Tarun Majumdar". www.upperstall.com. http://www.upperstall.com/people/tarun-majumdar. Retrieved 2008-10-23.  
  2. ^ "Tarun Majumdar - Biography". www.imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0538306/bio. Retrieved 2008-10-23.  

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