Jahor Roy

Jahar Roy (19 September 1919 – 11 August 1977)[1] was an Indian actor and comedian in Bengali cinema. He was known for his comedy films with Bhanu Bandyopadhyay.

Jahar Ray
Born(1919-09-19)19 September 1919
Died11 August 1977(1977-08-11) (aged 57)
OccupationActor, Comedian

Early lifeEdit

Roy came from a Bengali Baidya family having its root in Mahilara, Barisal District (of the present Bangladesh). His father Satya Roy was also an actor and later moved to Patna, in search of livelihood. It is here where Jahar Roy completed his studies and started working on odd jobs such as proof reader, medical representative and finally a tailor. He left all these and came to Calcutta around 1946.[2]

Movie careerEdit

Roy earned a substantial fan following even though he was a character actor. And all thanks to his roly-poly build, he was a frequent choice of directors who wanted to add comedy to serious movies. Roy's first major film roles were in Purbarag directed by Ardhendu Mukherjee, and in Anjangarh (1948) directed by Bimal Roy.[1] Among his countless performances are Dhanyee Meye, Chadmabeshi and Bhanu Goenda Jahar Assistant. He acted in a couple of films under the direction of Satyajit Ray. Although a small role, Roy portrayed the male servant of Tulsi Chakrabarti in Parash Pathar. There was a meatier role in Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne where he played the role of a crooked war warmongering minister of an innocent and peace-loving king. He also performed the song Cho Cho Kya Sharam Ki Baat in Chhadmabeshi. At the end of his career, when he was ailing, he did a cameo in Ritwik Ghatak's autobiographical film Jukti Takko Aar Gappo.[3] He acted in around 350 films.

Theatre and comedyEdit

Jahor Roy was also known for his contribution to Bengali theatre. In a career spanning 2 decades he has acted in several plays. He has been a lifelong associate of Rang Mahal theatre in Kolkata. His performance in plays such a Adarsha Hindu Hotel, Ulka, Subarnagolak and Anartha are still remembered.[2]

He was known to be an wise cracker and at the same time used physical comedy. He composed several skits such as Nyapasur Badh, Function theke shashan and many more. Unfortunately most of those are not available now.[4]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Film Role Director
1947 Purbarag Ardhendu Mukherjee
1948 Anjangarh Bimal Roy
1950 Pehla Aadmi Soldier Bimal Roy
1952 Basu Poribar Nirmal Dey
1953 Sharey Chuattor Kamakhya Nirmal Dey
1955 Upahar Servant Tapan Sinha
Dashyumohan Drug addict Ardhendu Mukherjee
Dakinir Char Premendra Mitra
1957 Ulka Tupey Naresh Mitra
1957 Kabuliwala (1957 film) Bhola Tapan Sinha
1958 Parash Pathar Brajahari Satyajit Ray
Rajlakshmi O Srikanta Sadhuji Haridas Bhattacharya
Bari Theke Paliye Traffic policeman Ritwik Ghatak
1958 Bhanu Pelo Lottery Johure
1962 Atal Jaler Ahwan Jayantra's Servant Ajoy Kar
1963 Palatak Sudha's father Tarun Majumdar
1965 Subarnarekha Mukherjee Ritwik Ghatak
Abhaya O Srikanta Mess owner Haridas Bhattacharya
1964 Jotugriho Uttam Kumar, Tapan Sinha
1965 Thana Theke Aschi Hiren Nag
1966 Kal Tumi Aleya Manager of medical home Sachin Mukherjee
1967 Nayika Sangbad Madhu Agradoot
1967 Ashite Ashiona Sree Jayadrath
1968 Chowringhee Pinaki Bhushan Mukherjee
1968 Baghini Bijoy Bose
1969 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne Prime Minister of Halla Satyajit Ray
1970 Nishipadma Natabar Arabinda Mukherjee
1971 Bhanu Goenda Jahar Assistant Jahor Bandopadhyay Purnendy Roychowdhury
Dhanyee Meye Gobordhon Chaudhuri Arabinbo Mukherjee
Chhadmabeshi Driver Moshaheblaal Agradoot
1972 Morjina Abdulla Baba Mustafa Dinen Gupto
1974 Jukti Takko Aar Gappo Cameo Ritwik Ghatak
Jamalaye Jibanta Manush Bichitrogupta
1975 Chhutir Phande

E Jahar sey Jahar noy


  1. ^ a b Cultural news from India. 18. Indian Council for Cultural Relations. 1977. pp. 36–9.
  2. ^ a b Roy, Jahar. "some-unknown-information-about-the-great-actor-jahor-roy". anandabazar.com.
  3. ^ Mukherjee, Joy (11 August 2008). "Biography of Jahar Roy". Gomolo. Retrieved 4 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Roy, Jahar. "ollywood-comedy-actor-jahor-roy-is-turning-100-years-". anandabazar.com.

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