Uttam Kumar Wife


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Uttam's first release was Drishtidan (The gift of sight, 1948) directed by Nitin Bose, though he worked in an earlier unreleased film called Mayador (Embrace of Affection). Then he acted in about four to five films, all of which were flops. In those films he constantly varied his name: Arun Chatterjee, Arun Kumar, Uttam Chatterjee and finally Uttam Kumar. He was dubbed as the 'Flop Master General'. When he entered the studio, people would laugh at him and comment "Here comes the new Durgadas. . . " "Meet the new Chabbi Biswas. . ". He considered leaving the world of cinema and start working at Calcutta Ports. But his wife, Gouri Chatterjee told him that it would be better if he did not to do a job his heart was not in. He later got the contact at M. P. Studios for three years. M. P. studios produced the film Basu Paribar in which he came into prominence, but his breakthrough film was Agni Pariksha in 1954, that began the success of the all-time romantic pair of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, though they had first paired in Sharey Chuattor (1953). The film ran for 65 weeks and established Uttam in the industry.