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Author: Maitreyee B Chowdhury
Publisher: Om Books International
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788187108566
One of the most romantic scenes from an Uttam Kumar-Suchitra Sen starrer, Harano Sur (1957) takes us down memory lane to an era of romance and beauty, captured forever on celluloid!
What began as a fascination—watching this couple's films over and over again—inspired Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen: Bengali Cinemas First Couple. Several literary pieces have been written about Uttam and Suchitra, yet the thirst to know more about Bengali cinema's legendary romantic pair remains unquenchable. This book is not only a tribute to Uttam and Suchitra but also an effort to understand what made Uttam and Suchitra steal their way into the hearts of millions of fans the world over.
Bengal has undeniably produced many great names in the field of acting and entertainment, some far more talented than the duo. Yet time has not worn down the memory of this pair. Uttam and Suchitra ushered in a new age of star-power and charisma. The why’s and how’s of their togetherness mystified an entire generation who took the pairing for granted. For these cinegoers, Uttam and Suchitra were not just cultural icons but champions of romance and ageless love. They were the reason many watched Bengali movies. For a generation of cinephiles, both regional and national, Uttam and Suchitra were truly an unbeatable pair!
And they continue to mesmerize the younger crop of successful directors and actors in Bengal, and beyond, with their magic.
‘The two were like Radha-Krishna on the silver screen.’
== Madhabi Mukherjee
‘She is a lovely human being with a fine sense of humor. I believe she has the right to choose her friends. She is very hospitable too, and if, in spite of all this, she chooses to guard her privacy, I don’t think there is anything wrong in that.’
‘Suchitra Sen is a great artiste. For the first time, in her, I came across an ideal blend of beauty and brains in a single woman. She is extraordinary.’
== Dilip Kumar
‘The opportunity to work with him came much later. By that time, Uttam Kumar had already become something of a legend. Every other Bengali film had him in the lead, usually paired with Suchitra Sen. This was a romantic team which for durability and width of acceptance had few equals in world cinema. Uttam was certainly a star in the true Hollywood sense of the term.’
== Satyajit Ray
‘When I was in college, I remember, the Uttam-Suchitra pair was a hit already. While my friends admired Suchitra Sen and her capabilities as an actress, I was an Uttam Kumar admirer."
== Soumitra Chatterjee
Melody Regained: Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen
1 Two Stars are born
2 The Rise of Popular Bengali Cinema
3 The Stars and the Persons
4 Lights, Camera, Action
5 A Rare Chemistry
6 Memorable Films and Scenes
7 If Music be the Food of Love
8 Bollywood Bound
9 Bollywood Romances
Epilogue: The Eternal Melody