Debaki Bose
Debaki Kumar Bose

1898 (1898)
Died1971 (aged 72–73)
AwardsPadma Shri

Debaki Bose (1898–1971), also known as Debaki Kumar Bose, was an Indian director, writer, and actor who is recognized for his contribution in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema.[1] He was born on 25 November 1898 in Akalposh, (now East Burdwan), Burdwan, Bengal Presidency, British India. He died on 17 November 1971 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. He is known for his innovative use of sound and music in Indian Cinema. He worked first under the banner of British Dominion Films of Dhiren Ganguly and later with Pramathesh Barua's Barua Pictures and finally he joined New Theatres banner in 1932. He started his own production company, Debaki Productions, in 1945.

Early life

Debaki Bose was son of a successful advocate in Burdwan.[2] He graduated from Vidyasagar College but left the university.[3] Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's call for non-co-operation movement, he walked out of an examination and started living on his own.[2] He opened a shop in local market selling towels and he was also an editor of a local weekly named Shakti.[2] Dhiren Ganguly, better known as DG, an established film director from Calcutta, was visiting Burdwan at that time. DG met Debaki and as he came know about Debaki's writing skill, he invited Debaki to come to Calcutta and to write film scripts for him. This culminated into the first film made by British Dominion Films named Kamonar Agun (or Flames of Flesh).[4]

Career highlights






National Film Awards


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