Sabitri Chatterjee
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Ms. Sabitri Chatterjee, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 31, 2014.jpg
Sabitri Chatterjee receiving Padma Shri Award from Pranab Mukherjee, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 31 March 2014
Born (1937-02-22) 22 February 1937 (age 85)[1]
OccupationActress[1]
Notable workRaat Bhor
Upahar
Abhayer Biye
Nupur
Gali Theke Rajpath
Marutirtha Hinglaj
Kuhak
Badhu
Bhranti Bilas
Uttarayan
Jaya
Kal Tumi Aleya
Nishipadma
Dhanyi Meye
Malyadan
Parent
  • Sashadhar Chatterjee[1] (father)
AwardsBFJA Awards
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Banga Bibhushan
Padma Shri

Sabitri Chatterjee (born 22 February 1937[1]) is an Indian actress who is known for her work in Bengali theatre and cinema. Her career spans more than 60 years.[2] She is the recipient of BFJA Awards for two times. In 1999, she was conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in Bengali theatre. In 2013, she was awarded by the Government of West Bengal its highest civilian award; the Banga Bibhushan. In 2014, Government of India conferred upon her its fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri.[3]

She was born in Comilla, in British India (now in Bangladesh). During the partition of Bengal, she was sent to the safety of an older, married sister's house in Kolkata located at Tollygunge. At her teenage she got noticed by Bhanu Banerjee who took her to Uttar Sarathi group theatre for a role in their play Natun Ihudi. Later she emerged as a prominent thespian personality for the titular role in the play Shyamali which was staged at Star Theatre. She made her big screen debut in Uttam Kumar starrer Sahajatri (1951) directed by Agradoot and appeared as her first female lead in Sudhir Mukherjee's comedy film Pasher Bari (1952) which was a major success at box office. She is remembered for her roles in films such as Raat Bhor (1955), Upahar (1955), Abhayer Biye (1957), Nupur (1958), Gali Theke Rajpath (1959), Marutirtha Hinglaj (1959), Kuhak (1960), Badhu (1962), Bhranti Bilas (1963), Uttarayan (1963), Jaya (1965), Kal Tumi Aleya (1966), Nishipadma (1970), Dhanyi Meye (1971) and Malyadan (1971) to name a few. Soumitra Chatterjee described her as the finest actor he has worked with.[1]

Early life and background

Sabitri was born in 1937 in a small town of Kamalapur in Comilla District of present-day Bangladesh and is youngest among ten sisters. Her father Sashadhar Chatterjee, who belonged to a famous Kulin Rarhi Brahmin family from a Kulin Brahmin village called Kanaksar in Bikrampur, worked as a station master in Indian Railways. During the partition of Bengal, young Sabitri was sent to the safety of an older, married sister's house in Kolkata located at Tollygunge – the hub of filmmaking in Kolkata. Being brought up in Tollygunge she often got opportunity to see filmstars of that time.[1][4]

Career

Film career

When Sabitri Chatterjee was in class ten, she was noticed by veteran actor Bhanu Banerjee who picked her up for a role in Natun Ihudi, a play of Uttar Sarathi group theatre on the refugees from East Pakistan. The play was being directed by Kanu Banerjee – the actor who would later perform as Harihar Roy, in Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali and Aparajito. Sabitri also acted the film version of the play which was released in 1953.[1] She made her big screen debut in Uttam Kumar starrer Sahajatri (1951) directed by Agradoot and appeared as her first female lead in Sudhir Mukherjee's comedy film Pasher Bari (1952) which was a major success at box office.[1]

Sabitri Chatterjee's next film assignment was Subhada (1952) – a film based on a novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and directed by Niren Lahiri along with Chhabi Biswas and Pahari Sanyal. In this film, she played the role of an unfortunate girl named Lalana. In the same year, she appeared in the Uttam Kumar starrer family drama Basu Poribar (1952), directed by Nirmal Dey, which had Supriya Devi in the role of Uttam Kumar's sister. Sabitri and Uttam Kumar had been friends since 1951, Uttam Kumar offered her to act in a theatrical production to be produced by his group Krishti O Srishti. The Uttam-Sabitri combination became a favourite of the Bengali cine-goers and their friendship withstood strong but false rumours of marriage.[1][2]

They would be responsible for a series of films, including Lakh Taka (1953), Kalyani (1954), Anupama (1954), Raikamal (1955), Nabojanma (1956), Punar Milan (1957), Marutirtha Hinglaj (1959), Raja-Saja (1960), Dui Bhai (1961), Bhranti Bilas (1963), Momer Alo (1964) and Nishipadma (1970). They also had major roles in Mrinal Sen's first feature film Raat Bhore (1955) and Tapan Sinha's second effort Upahaar (1955). Bhranti Bilas, Mouchak and Dhanyi Meye rank high among the Bengali comedy films.[1]

In the early eighties, Sabitri did not appear on screen as before. However, in the late 1980s, she came back with films such as Mamoni, Anandalok and Haar-Jeet.

TV career

Sabitri Chatterjee continues to act in commercial Bengali cinemas and television till date. She is one of the stars of the mega soap opera Sonar Harin, that has run more than 1000 episodes, which was aired on ETV Bangla. She has acted as Muktokeshi in the serial Subarnalata. (The title role was played by the National Film Award-winning Ananya Chatterjee), an adaptation of Ashapurna Devi's novel, which was aired on Zee Bangla and as Sona thamma in Jal Nupur which was aired on Star Jalsha.

She is acted as a senior matriarch of a family in the TV serial Kusum dola, which is aired in STAR Jalsha. She has played the master chef in Joto Hashi Toto Ranna, which is a fiction cum reality cookery show, where kitchen skills are weaved around a fictional plot revolving around a certain Gupta family. She played a minor role in 2012 Star Jalsja serial Tapur Tupur, and is currently playing the role of a yesteryear actress in Chokher Tara Tui.[5] This TV serial is also aired in Star Jalsha. She acted in an Indian Bengali show named Andarmahal, which aired on very popular Bengali Entertainment channel Zee Bangla. She is currently acting in series of Dhulokona aring on Star Jalsha.

Awards

Filmography

  1. Aporajeyo (2022)
  2. Maati (2018)
  3. Thammar Boyfriend (2016) ... Nandini Mitra[7]
  4. Praktan (2016)
  5. Highway (2014)
  6. Hemlock Society (2012)
  7. Podokkhep (2006)... Shobita
  8. Tapasya (2006)
  9. Har Jeet (2000)
  10. Bahadur (1992)
  11. Anandalok (1988)
  12. Mamoni (1986)
  13. Rajnandini (1980)
  14. Brojobuli (1979)
  15. Phool Sajya (1975)
  16. Mouchak (1974)
  17. Heerey Manik (1979)
  18. Sei Chokh (1976)
  19. Sesh Parba (1972)
  20. Dhanyee Meye (1971)
  21. Malyadaan (1971)... Patal
  22. Pratham Pratishruti (1971)
  23. Nishi Padma (1970)... Padma
  24. Kalankita Nayak (1970)
  25. Manjari Opera (1970)... Manjari Devi
  26. Pathey Holo Dekha (1968)
  27. Grihadaha (1967)... Mrinal
  28. Kal Tumi Aleya (1966)... Sonaboudi
  29. Antaral (1965)
  30. Jaya (1965)... Jaya
  31. Momer Alo (1964)... Deepa
  32. Shes Anko (1963)... Lata Bose
  33. Uttarayan (1963)
  34. Bhranti Bilaas (1963)
  35. Nav Diganta (1962)
  36. Dui Bhai (1961)
  37. Haat Baralei Bandhu (1960)
  38. Kuhak (1960)
  39. Raja-Saja (1960)
  40. Gali Theke Rajpath (1959)
  41. Marutirtha Hinglaj (1959)
  42. Daak Harkara (1958)
  43. Daktar Babu (1958)
  44. Punar Milan (1957)
  45. Abhoyer Biye (1957)
  46. Daner Maryada (1956)... Usha
  47. Nabajanma (1956)
  48. Paradhin (1956)
  49. Raat Bhore (1956)
  50. Raikamal (1955)
  51. Godhuli (1955)
  52. Paresh (1955)
  53. Upahar (1955)... Krishna
  54. Annapurnar Mandir (1954)
  55. Anupama (1954)
  56. Bidhilipi (1954)... Sandhya
  57. Bratacharini (1954)
  58. Champadangar Bou (1954)
  59. Kalyani (1954)
  60. Moyla Kagaj (1954)
  61. Kajari (1953)
  62. Lakh Taka (1953)
  63. Natun Yahudi (1953)
  64. Subhadra (1952)... Lalana
  65. Basu Paribar (1952)
  66. Pasher Bari (1952)
  67. Ladies Seat
  68. Protinidhi
  69. Protishodh
  70. Obaak Prithibi
  71. Notun Diner Alo
  72. Dinanter Alo
  73. Baluchori
  74. Montromugdho
  75. Muktisnam
  76. Subarnalata
  77. Ishti Kutum
  78. Jol Nupur
  79. Chokher Tara Tui
  80. Kusum Dola
  81. Mayurpankhi
  82. Mohor
  83. Dhulokona

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Sabitri Chatterjee - Upperstall.com". Upperstall.com. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sengupta, Sujit. "Sabitri Chatterji". calcuttaweb.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2006. (in Bengali)
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ "We had no food for days on end: Sabitri Chatterjee - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Sabitri Chatterjee turns masterchef for Joto Hashi Toto Ranna - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Actor Sabitri Chatterjee to star in rom-com opposite Abir Chatterjee". Hindustan Times. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2018.