Uttam Mohanty

Uttam Mohanty is an Indian actor who has to his credit more than 135 Odia films to date and has acted in 30 Bengali films and in the only Hindi film Naya Zaher.

Uttam Mohanty
Born1954
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor, Model
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Aparajita Mohanty
ChildrenBabushan

Early lifeEdit

Uttam Mohanty was born at Mayurbhanj in Odisha. His grandfather settled in Baripada 150 years ago. He completed his early education from M.K.C High School & M.P.C. college of Baripada, where he actively participated in drama and plays. As a child he was very naughty which brought fresh complaints from outside. After matriculation he joined Maharaja Purnachandra College for intermediate in science. During his college days he was inclined more towards acting. He always tried to play the lead part in dramas. He was equally passionate to sports like badminton and table tennis. After completing graduation in commerce he went to Ludhiana for chartered accountancy. Thereafter he stayed with his elder brother, the late Arun Ku. Mohanty, in Kolkata for some time, enrolled in a chartered accountancy course there. Till now he is closely associated with Baripada.

Life and careerEdit

Knowing that a film named Abhiman was being made in Baripada, he returned home with a hope of trying his luck in films. Though there were many contenders for the lead role, the director Sadhu Meher had a special interest in his capability and looks. He was selected. Co-actress Rita Chand was also debuting in that film. On the day of shooting he turned up to the set well-dressed with best possible suits available. Sadhu told him to take the make-up of a poor guy. He was sent again to come back with old and dirty clothes and without make-up.[citation needed] The 1977 film was a box office hit.

Uttam now opted seriously for being an actor, and slowly stabilised his position in the Odia film industry. While staying in Kolkata he got an offer from director Dhir Biswal for his upcoming film titled Gouri. Later that role was given to Prasanta Nanda. The next film he did was "Pati Patni" opposite Mahasweta Ray. Then a streak of films like "Nijhum ratira sathi", "Chinha Achhinha", "Ramayana", Tapasya, Ram Balram happened. By the time he was established as a romantic star.Uttam Mohanty was especially adored for his effortless naturalism in front of the camera and a distinctively urbane charisma that broke free from the prototypical Odia screen hero of the past.[citation needed] He went on to form successful screen pairs with many leading ladies like Rita Chand, Sujata Ananda, Tandra Roy, Mahasweta Ray, Deepa Sahu, Subhra Pati, Aparajeeta, Baisali, Sangeeta Das even Rachana Benerjee and other non Odia actress. Often hailed as the one-man industry, Uttam Mohanty dominated Odia cinema for three decades. The 1980s were the pinnacle of his career. Many Ollywood films of the 1980s had Uttam Mohanty in them, and he dominated the Odia film industry. He excelled in various roles: Romantic, Village Lad, Character. Abhiman, Danda Balunga, Bhakta Salabega are even remembered today for his stupendous acting.[citation needed] He also worked in around 30 Bengali films and one Hindi film - Naya Jahar, opposite Satabdi Roy.

In the early eighties he played in almost 20 movies opposite leading actress Mahasweta Ray (Rasmi Ray). Though they fell in love and decided to marry, the love did not last long, and the pair separated. "Palatak" (1985) was their last film. Again the pair was hit in 1988 by Prashanta Nanda in the film of "Ja Devi Sarbavutesu". Later both came in lot of films in nineties. Over fifty of his films are opposite Aparajita Mohanty, his wife. They first appeared together in Astaraga (1982), and married on 17 May 1987 in Municipality Guest House, Bhubaneswar. Other heroines who have acted opposite him include Anita, Sujata, Tandra, Deepa, Baisali, Subhra Pati, and Rachana Bannerje.

After 1995 he got more character roles due to his age. In films like "Jashoda", "Subhadra", Kalamanika he did character roles. In the later period of his career he also took television roles. Serials like 'Je Pakhi Ude Jete Dura', 'Sara Akash', Panatakani and 'Uttaradayi' are most popular. His role as Bikhu bhai in Sara Akash is memorable.[citation needed] His Hindi serials include Palash and Bengali serial bideshini Bohu. His has also contributed to music albums and Bhajaans.

Uttam Mohanty now lives in Bhubaneswar. Currently, he is working for Odia tele-serials and movies, and interested in enhancing his knowledge in the area of politics. He and Aparajita Mohanty have a son named Babushan Mohanty who has established himself as one of the leading Ollywood heroes post 2010 era.[citation needed]

Uttam Mohanty is the only star in the Odia cinema horizon to have been at the top for nearly two decades,[citation needed] dominating the Odia film industry throughout the 80's and 90's. His rural fan base led him to do many films which had rustic story lines and from which intellectuals shied away. Many critics and fellow actors and seniors have often expressed in public podium that during the commercially dry days of early nineties of Odia cinema, when the Odia film industry was under heavy financial stress, it was Uttam Mohanty's efforts and charm which saved the day.[citation needed] He is in demand among off-mainstream filmmakers as well.[citation needed] He has won many Odia filmfare awards and prizes as a best actor. A number of societies and institutes have honored him as a living legend of Ollywood cinema.[1]

Awards and accreditationEdit

  • Odisha Living Legend Award 2012[2]
  • State Film Award as Best actor for Phula Chandana, Jhiati Sita Pari, Danda Balunga, Suna Chadhei
  • State Film Award as Best Supporting Actor for To Binu Anyagati nahin.
  • Jayadeb Puraskar in 1999
  • Awards from Citic Association, Chitrapuri, Banichitra, Chalachitra Jagata
  • 5th FITFAT Biscope Award, 2008[3]

FilmographyEdit

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  • 2009 – Pagala Karichi Paunji Tora
  • 2009 – Tu Mori Pain
  • 2009 – Ailare Odia Pua
  • 2009 – Romeo – The Lover Boy
  • 2007 – Tumaku Paruni Ta Bhuli
  • 2007 – Mu Tate Love Karuchi
  • 2007 – Ae Jugara Krushna Sudama
  • 2005 – Om Shanti Om
  • 2005 – Agni Parikshya
  • 2002 – Sei Jhiati
  • 2002 – Samaya Kheluchi Chaka Bhaunri
  • 2002 – Dharma Sahile Hela
  • 2001 – Mo Kola To Jhulana
  • 2001 – Baazi
  • 1999 – Maa Pari Kie Haba
  • 1999 – Kala Chakra
  • 1998 – Sahara Jaluchi
  • 1998 – Rupa Gaanra Suna Kania
  • 1997 – Raghu Arakhita
  • 1997 – Nari Bi Pindhi Pare Rakta Sindura
  • 1997 – Lakhe Siba Puji Paichi Pua
  • 1996 – Sakala Tirtha To Charane
  • 1996 – Pua Mora Bhola Shankar
  • 1995 – Rakata Kahiba Kie Kahara
  • 1994 – Pacheri Uthila Majhi Duaru
  • 1994 – Naga Jyoti
  • 1994 – Akuha Katha
  • 1993 – Dadagiri
  • 1993 – Bhagya Hate Dori
  • 1992 – Sukha Sansara
  • 1992 – Naga Panchami
  • 1992 – Maa
  • 1992 – Bhisma Pratigyan
  • 1992 – Badshah
  • 1991 – To Binu Anya Gati Nahi
  • 1991 – Kapala Likhan
  • 1991 – Akuha Katha
  • 1991 – Bastra Haran
  • 1991 – Mukti Tirtha
  • 1991 - Aama Ghara Aama Sansara
  • 1990 – Bidhira Bidhan
  • 1990 – Nua Bhauja
  • 1990 – Panchu Pandav
  • 1990 – Kandhei
  • 1990 – Raja Rani
  • 1990 – Ja Devi Sarba Bhuteshu
  • 1990 – Sasti
  • 1990 – Topae Sindura Di Topa Luha
  • 1989 – Thakura Achhanti Chau Bahaku
  • 1989 – Paradeshi Chadhei
  • 1989 – Nyaya Anyaya
  • 1989 – Hasa Luha Bhara Duniya
  • 1989 – Daiba Daudi
  • 1988 – Pua Mora Kala Thakura
  • 1988 – Papa Punya
  • 1988 – Kanyadana
  • 1988 – Bada Bhauja
  • 1988 – Jahaku Rakhibe Ananta
  • 1988 – Thili Jhia Heli Bohu
  • 1987 – Tunda Baida
  • 1987 – Suna Chadhei
  • 1987 – Phula Chandan
  • 1987 – Michha Mayara Sansara
  • 1987 – Anyaya Sahibi Nahi
  • 1987 – Golamgiri
  • 1987 – Aei Ta Duniya
  • 1987 – Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi
  • 1987 – Badhu Nirupama
  • 1986 – Paka Kambal Pot Chhata
  • 1986 – Jor Jar Mulak Tar
  • 1986 – Aei Ama Sansara
  • 1986 – School Master
  • 1986 - Sata kebe Luchi rahena
  • 1986 – Sahari Bagha
  • 1985 – Sankha Sindura
  • 1985 – Samay Bada Balaban
  • 1985 – Puja Phula
  • 1985 – Palatak
  • 1985 – Mamata Mage Mula
  • 1985 – Jaga Hatare Pagha
  • 1985 – Chaka Bhaunri
  • 1984 – Janani
  • 1984 – Jai Phula
  • 1983 – Ram Rahim
  • 1983 – Jhiatie Sita Pari
  • 1983 – Abhilasha
  • 1982 – Jwain Pua
  • 1982 – Dekh Khabar Rakh Najar
  • 1982 – Baje Bainshi Nache Ghungura
  • 1982 – Astaraga
  • 1981 – Debajani
  • 1981 – Arati
  • 1981 – Akshay Trutiya
  • 1978 – Ram Balaram
  • 1979 – Nijhum Ratira Sathi
  • 1979 – Chinha Achinha
  • 1978 – Ramayan
  • 1978 – Danda Balunga
  • 1978 – Sarapancha Babu
  • 1978 – Sankha Mahuri
  • 1978 – Pati Patni
  • 1978 – Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja
  • 1977 – Abhimaan

SerialsEdit

  • Katha Kahuthile Saribani
  • Panatakani
  • Sara akasha
  • Uttardai

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Awards to Uttam Mohanty". His Official website. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Odisha Living Legend Award conferred on Super Star Uttam Mohanty, Oriya Orbit". orissadiary.com. 2012. Archived from the original on 24 March 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. OdishaDiary (Orissadiary.com) conferred Odisha Living Legend Award 2012 on Uttam Mohanty.
  3. ^ "The Hindu : Other States / Orissa News : FitFat-2008 award for Uttam Mohanty". hindu.com. 2008. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2013. Uttam Mohanty, has been selected for this year’s ‘FitFat Bioscope" award.
  4. ^ Uttam Mohanty Archived 15 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine, IMDb.

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