Basanta Choudhury (or Chowdhury; 5 May 1928 – 20 June 2000) was an Indian actor in Bengali and Hindi films. He worked with directors Asit Sen, Rajen Tarafdar, Ajay Kar and Bijay Bose, often in leading roles. He is a former Sheriff of Kolkata.
|Died||20 June 2000 (aged 72)|
|Education||Deena Nath High School Nagpur|
|Occupation||Actor, film producer|
|Years active||1952–1993 (41 years)|
|Awards||Best Actor Prize for his film "Raja Rammohan" by B.F.J.A, Bangla Stage Centenary Star Theater award.|
|Honours||Sheriff of Kolkata, Chairman of Nandan-West Bengal Film Center.|
Birth and childhoodEdit
Basanta Chowdhury was born into an affluent Datta Chowdhury family of Andul, Howrah. In the circa year of 1886 AD, his great-great forefather Apurba Krishna Dutta Chaudhuri discontinued with the surname 'Dutta' and moved from his ancestral place Andul to Nagpur to practice Law. He later became the Law Lecturer in the Morris College (the present-day Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (VNGIASS)). His son was Phani Bhusan Chaudhuri, whose son Shiddhish Chandra Chowdhury. Shiddhish and Kamala Devi had two sons - Basanta & Prashanta. Both of them grew up in Nagpur. Basanta graduated from Morris college. In 1945 AD he completed his Matriculation Examination from Deena Nath High School Nagpur.After shifting to Kolkata, Chowdhury used to stay at Ranikuthi in Tollygunge.
His first film was Mahaprasthaner Pathe by director Kartik Chattopadhay in 1952. Some of his memorable films are, Bhagaban Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Jadu Bhatta, Andhare Alo, Deep Jwele Jaai with Suchitra Sen, Anushtoop Chhanda, Abhaya O Srikanta, Raja Rammohan Roy, Diba Ratrir Kabya, Devi Chaudhurani. He was also involved with amateur theater and radio.
- 1952- Mahaprasthaner Pathey.
- 1953: Nabin Jatra Safar; Bhagwan Shri Krishna Chaitanya
- 1954: Jadubhatta; Bokul
- 1955: Aparadhi; Pather Sheshey; Bhalobasha; Du- Janay; Devimalini
- 1956: Shubharatri; Shankar Narayan Bank; Chhaya Sangini; Govindadas; Rajpath
- 1957: Shesh Parichaya; Madhu Malati; Andhare Alo; Basanta Bahar; Haar Jeet; Khela Bhangar Khela
- 1958: Jogajog
- 1959: Deep Jwele Jaai; Shashi Babur Sansar
- 1960: Khudha; Parakh
- 1962: Sancharini; Agnisikha; Bodhu; Nabadiganta
- 1963: Shreyasi
- 1964: Kashtipathar;Anustup Chhanda
- 1965: Alor Pipasa; Raja Rammohun; Abhoya-o-Srikanta; Eki Ange Eto Rup; Gulmohar
- 1966: Sankha Bela; Susanta Sha; Uttar Purush
- 1970: Diba Ratrir Kabya;Megh Kalo
- 1971: Pratham Pratisruti; Sansar; Grahan
- 1973: Pranta Rekha
- Jadi Jantem; Sangini
- 1975: Nishi Mrigaya
- 1976: Sankhabish
- 1977: Babu Moshai
- 1978: Parichay; Mayuri
- 1979: Chirantan; Jiban Je Rakam
- 1980: Bhagya Chakra
- 1981: Kalankini
- 1982: Sonar Bangla
- 1983: Indira; Deepar Prem
- 1985: Baidurya Rahasya; Putulghar
- 1987: Antarjali Jatra
- 1988: Antaranga; Sankhachur
- 1990: Raktorin; Ek Doctor Ki Maut
- 1990: Sankranti
- 1991: Raj Nartaki
- 1992: Hirer Angti; Apon Ghar; Satya Mithya
- 1993: Kacher Prithvi
In 1965, actor Chowdhury was awarded the Best Actor Prize for his film "Raja Rammohan" by B.F.J.A. In 1996, he also received Bangla Stage Centenary Star Theater award from Calcutta University. He had also acted in several Hindi films.
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