Utpal Dutt was an Indian actor, director, writer and playwright. He began his acting career in Bengali theatre, and made significant contributions to modern Indian theatre. He founded a theater group in 1949 which was known as ‘Little Theater Group’. In what is now known as the “Epic Theatre” period, the group performed many English, Shakespearean and Brecht plays. Later, the group became fully involved in the highly political and revolutionary theatre. His plays represented his Marxist ideologies, which is reflected in the plays Kallol (1965), Tini Tolor, Maha Uprising and many more. In a career spanning 40 years, Utpal Dutta acted in more than 100 films in Hindi and Bengali languages.
Utpal Dutt was born on Friday, 29 March 1929 (age 64 years; at the time of death) in Barisal Bengal Presidency, British India (now in Bangladesh). He was particularly known as an actor in Bengali theatre. He was considered a revolutionary figure in modern Indian theatre, after the “Little Theater Group” was founded in 1949. The group was popular for the performances of several English, Shakespearean and Brecht plays in what is now known as the “Epic Theatre” period, before it was completely immersed in highly political and revolutionary theatre. His plays were a scene for the expression of his Marxist ideologiesCan be seen through many of his plays such as Kallol (1965), Manushar Adhikar, Loha Manob (1964), Tiner Tolor and Maha-Bidrodha.
Height: 5′ 3″
weight, 70 kg
Hair Color: salt and pepper
Eye Colour: Black
parents and siblings
His father’s name was Girijaranjan Dutt.
wife and children
In 1960, Utpal Dutt married Shobha Sen, a theater and film actress. Shobha Sen was born on 23 September 1923 in Bangladesh. He died on 13 August 2017 in Kolkata due to cardiac arrest. His only daughter, Bishnupriya Dutt, is a professor of theater and performance studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Utpal Dutt not only led a victorious career in acting, but also had equal stability in the profession of director, writer-playwright and theater worker. He remained a reforming figure in Bengali theater and Indian cinema for more than 40 years. Although Utpal Dutt was primarily active in Bengali theatre, he began his journey in English theatre. Right from his teens, he developed his passion and craft in English theatre, which resulted in the founding of “Shakespeareans” in 1947. Its first appearance was a powerful production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, with Utpal Dutt playing the role of the king. Geoffrey Kendall and Laura Kendall (actress Jennifer Kendall’s parents) were so impressed with Dutt’s performance that they immediately hired him to work for their “Shakespirana Theater Company”. After joining the theater company, Utpal Dutt accompanied him on two long tours performing Shakespeare’s plays in India and Pakistan, first in 1947–1949 and again in 1953–1954.
His representation of Othello was equally praised. When the owners of the Shakespeareana Theater Company left India in 1949, Dutt decided to change the name of his group to “Little Theater Group”. The group then continued with the plays of Ibsen, Shaw, Tagore, Gorky and Konstantin Simonov. The group later established itself for implementing Bengali plays and later it developed into a production company that would produce various Bengali films. Through West Bengal, he also performed as part of the Ganatanya Sangha, which was active in rural areas. Utpal Dutt also published books on Shakespeare and revolutionary theatre.
He was also a founding member of the Indian People Theater Association (IPTA), a corporation known for socialist education, but left it after starting his own theater group. While he was playing the role of Othello, a renowned filmmaker Madhu Bose gave him the lead role in his film Michael Madhusudan; The film depicts the life of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, an Indian poet. Later, he wrote a play on the Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt. He also made memorable performances in several Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray.
His outstanding performances can be seen in several roles in Hindi films such as Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome (1969), Satyajit Rao’s Agantuk (1991) and one of the popular comedy films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee Golmaal in 1979. Dutt was praised for his exceptional performance. In films like Guddi, Golmaal, Naram Garam and Colors.
He was equally praised for his consistency in managing a successful parallel career as a highly determined theater playwright and director in Bengali films as well as comic roles in Indian cinema. He is known for his major contribution to the developing Bengali theater of the 20th century. Dutt was known to be a staunch Marxist and an active follower of the Communist Party of India. His “revolutionary theatre” made a very powerful impact in contemporary Bengali theatre. H also went to jail in 1965 after staging a classic play called Kallol, which featured the story of Indian sailors revolting against other Britishers on the Arabian Sea.
I believe that any discussion on films in semi-colonial or newly independent countries must begin with public illiteracy, poverty and cultural starvation” Utpal Dutt wrote in an essay in 1979.
He also directed several films like Megh (1961), A Psychological Thriller, Ghoom Bhangar Gaan (1965) and Inqlib Ke Baad (1984).
Awards and achievements
- In 1970, Utpal Dutt was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor in the film Bhuvan Shome.
- He was awarded the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for films like Golmaal (1980), Naram Garam (1982) and Rang Birangi (1984).
- He was also awarded the Bengali Film Journalists Association Award for Best Actor for the film Agantuk.
- Utpal Dutt was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in films like Amanush, Golmaal and Saheb.
Utpal Dutt died of a heart attack on 19 August 1993. Just before his death, he was undergoing dialysis at SSKM Hospital, Calcutta.
Facts / Trivia
- Aamir Khan’s mother once played the lead actress opposite Utpal Dutt in ‘Lagaan’.
- He too He was a teacher of English at South Point School, Kolkata.
- Utpal Dutt started his career with English theater when he was studying at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
- Utpal Dutt’s first Hindi film was ‘Saat Hindustani’ directed by KA Abbas and not ‘Guddi’, reportedly, the film was also Amitabh Bachchan’s first film.
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