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Samar Chatterjee

  • Born: 24 September 1942 (Varanasi)
  • Died: 7 October 1997
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi

Actor, director, producer and writer Samar Chatterjee is known for films such as Pyaar Diwana (1972), Ram Bhakta Vibishan (1958) and Bandish (1955). He worked in supporting roles in films directed by prominent filmmakers such as Bimal Roy, Shakti Samanta, and Basu Chatterjee. He also directed two films and produced one, in the course of his career. 

Born on 24 September 1942 in Varanasi, Samar Chatterjee started his career in films as an actor. Among the early films he appeared in are the classic Do Bigha Zamin (1953) directed by Bimal Roy, the romance drama Parineeta (1953) also directed by Bimal Roy and starring Ashok Kumar and Meena Kumari, the Satyen Bose-directed Bandish (1955), the social drama Maa (1957), Hemen Gupta’s Kabuliwala (1961) starring Balraj Sahni, Mahesh Kaul’s Sautela Bhai (1962), Bimal Roy’s romance drama Bandini (1963) starring Ashok Kumar, Nutan, and Dharmendra, and the Nitin Bose directorial Nartakee (1963) starring Sunil Dutt and Nanda Karnataki. These were followed by acting roles in Shakti Samanta’s Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) starring Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore, Subodh Mukherji’s April Fool (1964) starring Saira Banu and Biswajeet, Basu Bhattacharya’s Teesri Kasam (1966) starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman, and Basu Chatterjee’s Piya Ka Ghar (1972) featuring Anil Dhawan, and Jaya Bhaduri

He made his directorial debut with the devotional film Ram Bhakta Vibishan in 1958. It starred Prem Adib, Krishna Kumari, Shahu Modak, and Nirupa Roy. The film had music by Ajit Merchant with lyrics by Saraswati Kumar Deepak. The songs included Hansti hui gaati hui aayi hawaein sung by Asha Bhosle, Jaago jaago jaago swami antaryami by Manna Dey, and Bhagat ke rakhwale bhagwan by Suman Kalyanpur

His next directorial came in 1972, titled Pyaar Diwana, which he also produced. A comedy film, it starred Kishore Kumar, Mumtaz Askari, and Padma Khanna, along with Iftekhar and Sunder. The film told the story of Sunil, a collegian who comes from an upper class family. His parents want him to marry the girl of their choice, but he rebels, and refuses to do so. He wants to marry his beautiful fellow collegian, Mamta. The film included songs such as Apni aadat hai by Mohammed Rafi, Zara rukiye zara suniye by Kishore Kumar, and Yeh zindagi bhi kya hai by Asha Bhosle