There is one word which can only describe the brilliance of some actors: extraordinary. The same can be applied for Utpal Dutt as well; the master actor has given some memorable performances in his short but effective career. Such was his presence that he could single-handedly light up the scenes. Grumpy and witty, strict and humorous; versatility was his forte. Along with his movies, he has also shown his brilliance on stage as well. As his birthday nears, Friday Fans pays a tribute to this actor-director-playwright.
Hirak Rajar Deshe
When it comes to satire, Satyajit Ray was a master storyteller and Utpal Dutt was the best person to play the role of Hirak Raja. The tyrannical ruler who can only be compared with the Queen in Alice in Wonderland is definitely one of Utpal Dutt’s memorable roles. The King of Diamonds will always remain in our heart, even though it is not easy to love this character. Opposing him was Soumitra Chatterjee, the mastermoshai. This movie was even more difficult because it was a theatrical and a musical.
Manmohan Mitra from Agantuk is actually an agantuk or a stranger because he does not fit into the world of hypocrites. This is one of his most noteworthy roles. When he arrives at the household of his niece, everyone is skeptical about his identity because apparently he has been visiting his hometown after a long time. The man about whom everyone is skeptical teaches one of the vital lessons of life; it is not possible to identify an imposter in a world of hypocrisy because all of us are wearing masks.
Of course, when we talk about the serious roles, we have to mention his effortless expertise in comedy as well. He is unforgettable as Bhavani Shankar in Golmal. The strict and moustache-obsessed boss is one of the best-loved characters in Hindi cinema. The jodi of Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt has created many memorable roles.
Jay Baba Felunath
Another much-loved character is Maganlal Meghraj from Jay Baba Felunath. If there was a competition of the wits, it would be a tough fight between Soumitra and Utpal Dutt. The dangerous smuggler who can go to any length to get his desired artifact is not your average conniving sly person. He is lethal with his words and more brutal with his moves. Maganlal is definitely the worthy nemesis of Feluda.
Although he was not in the lead role in Sriman Prithviraj, Utpal Dutt was seen in a good supporting role in this movie. Father-in-law to a daredevil, this man could do anything to earn his favours with the British. The song ‘daya kore koro more Raibahadur’ was iconic.