Madhabi Mukherjee turns 75

Immensely popular for her role as ‘Charu’ in Satyajit Ray’s 1964 Bengali film ‘Charulata’, Madhabi Mukherjee, considered one among the all-time greats of Bengali cinema, celebrates her 75th birthday today on the 10th of February.

The National Award Winner for Best Actress was involved in theatre as a young girl and first made a major impact with Mrinal Sen’s ‘Baishey Shravan’ (Wedding Day) in 1960.  A favourite of Satyajit Ray, she portrayed the role of Arati, a working woman, in the 1963 film, ‘Mahanagar’ (The Big City). Film critic Roger Ebert wrote about her performance, “it might be useful to see the performance of Madhabi Mukherjee in this film. She is a beautiful deep, wonderful actress who simply surpasses all ordinary standards of judgment.”

Madhabi as ‘Charu’ in ‘Charulata’

The second film being ‘Charulata’, her third and last one with Ray was ‘Kapurush’ (The Coward) in 1965. Madhabi also worked with the other Bengali giant, Ritwik Ghatak,  in the 1962 film ‘Subarnarekha

As the Federation of Film Societies of India, along with Shilpi Sangsad and Nandan hosts an event in Kolkata, dignitaries attending it will get to enjoy a screening of the ‘Baishey Shravan’ today.



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