Kali Bannerjee Actor

Kali Banerjee (1921–1993) was an Indian film actor, who worked in the 1950s-70s in Bengali cinema. Most known for his work with film directors like Satyajit Ray's Parash Pathar (1958) and Ritwik Ghatak's Nagarik (1952) and Ajantrik (1958). Starring in many commercial ventures in the 60s',his association with the serious film-makers is what has given the late actor an imperishable place in the history of Bengali cinema. He brought out a convincing portrayal of a young Chinese vendor Wang in the street of Kolkata in time of India's freedom struggle in Mrinal Sen's Neel Akasher Neechey (1959). He acted in Satyajit Ray's Aparajito (1956), Parash Pathar (1958), Teen Kanya (1961), but it was his association with Ritwik Ghatak, with whom he worked in Nagarik (1952), Ajantrik (1958) that the cinephiles mostly enjoy and want to commemorate. He played a Bahurupi in 'Bari Theke Paliye'. Then there was Ajantrik, where he was flawless in the portrayal of an idiosyncratic driver Bimal who is love with his car.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 20th, 1921
Nationality
India,British Raj
Date of death
July 5th, 1993 at age of 71
Places lived
Kolkata , India
pop. 5,080,519 (2009)

Movie performances

1. Sati (1989)

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140.0
Aparna Sen
Aparna Sen
,
Arun Banerjee
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Sati is a Bengali film released in 1989 written and directed by Aparna Sen. Based on a story by Kamal Kumar Majumdar, the film is about mute orphan girl who is married to a Banyan tree because her horoscope suggests that she would be a sati, and her husband would die. The film had Shabana Azmi and Arun Banerjee in lead roles. Along with her previous films, Parama, Aparna Sen became the first female director in Bengali cinema to explore gender issues and feminist perspective.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
,
Chandan Raichaudhri
Ashok Mehta
Bengali
India

2. Dadar Kirti (1980)

Comedy, Drama
played Saraswati
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
154.0
Kewal Suri
,
Ram Gupta
Arun Mukhopadhyay
,
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Dadar Kirti is a Bengali comic-romantic film starring Tapas Paul, Mahuya Roychoudhury, Ayan Banerjee and Debasree Roy. The film was based on an unpublished novel of Saradindu Bandopadhyay. Directed by Tarun Majumdar, it was a huge box office success upon its release and still has a popular following.

Awards

Top cast

Saraswati
Kedarnath 'Kedar' N. Chatterjee
Beeni Mukherjee
Amarnath 'Amar' N. Chatterjee
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Sakti Bandopadhaya
Hindi, Bengali
India

3. The Citizen (1977)

Drama
played The Father
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125.0
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Nagarik, also spelled as Nagorik, The Citizen in English, was the first feature-length film directed by Indian director Ritwik Ghatak. Completed in 1952, it preceded Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali as perhaps, the first example of an art film in Bengali cinema, but is deprived of that honor, since it was released twenty-four years later, after Ghatak's death. On 20 September 1977, it finally premiered at the New Empire theatre in Kolkata, India. Ritwik Ghatak directed only eight feature films, but is generally regarded as one of the few truly original Indian talents in cinema by directors such as Satyajit Ray and critics such as Derek Malcolm.

Awards

Top cast

Jatin Babu
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Hariprasanna Das
Ramananda Sen Gupta
Bengali
India

4. Bawarchi (1972)

Comedy, Musical, Drama
played Meeta Sharma
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
130.0
,
N.C. Sippy
,
Romu N. Sippy
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Bawarchi is a 1972 Indian film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Badhuri with Asrani, A.K. Hangal, Usha Kiran and Durga Khote in supporting roles. In Mukherjee's classic style, the film contains no violence or obscenities, and focuses on spreading family values and morals through clean comedy. The movie is inspired by the Bengali Film Galpa Holeo Satyi by Tapan Sinha. The film was remade in Tamil as Samayalkaaran with M. K. Muthu and in Kannada as #73, Shaanthi Nivaasa with Sudeep.

Awards

1973 Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
1973 BFJA Awards for Best Actor

Top cast

Vishwanath Sharma
Krishna Sharma
Ramnath Sharma
Seeta Sharma
Guruji
Shivnath Sharma
Shobha Sharma
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Jaywant Pathare
Urdu, Hindi
India

5. Kokhono Megh (1968)

Mystery, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
117.0
Bibhuti Laha
,
Shib Narayan Dutta
Harekrishna Pal
,
Prasanta Deb
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Kokhono Megh is a 1968 mystery and romance film written by Prasanta Deb and Harekrishna Pal and directed by Agradoot.

Awards

Top cast

Narayan Chaudhary
Seema Rai
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Bibhuti Laha
Bengali
India

6. Folk Tales of the River Bend (1962)

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S.L. Jalan

Hansuli Banker Upokotha is a film by Tapan Sinha based on the novel by Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, in 1962. The film starred Kali Bannerjee, Dilip Roy, Robi Ghosh and others. Set in 1941, the movie explores life in rural Bengal, the realities of the Zamindari system that was responsible for much of the social inequalities in Bengal, as well as the changes in social perceptions with time.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Bimal Mukherjee
Bengali
India

7. Two Daughters (1961)

Comedy, Drama
played Phanibhushan Saha
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112.0
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Teen Kanya is a 1961 Indian Bengali anthology film directed by Satyajit Ray, and based upon short stories by Rabindranath Tagore. The title means "Three Girls", and the film's original Indian release contained three stories. However, the international release of the film contained only two stories, missing out the second. This version was released on VHS in 1997 under the title Two Daughters. However, there are now DVD versions available that contain all three films.

Awards

1961 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali

Top cast

Amulya (segment "Samapti")
Kishori
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Bengali
India

8. Neel Akasher Neechey (1959)

played Wang Lu
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
133.0
,
Gauri Prasanna Mazumder
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Neel Akasher Neechey is a 1959 Bengali language film directed by Mrinal Sen, starring Kali Bannerjee, Manju Dey, Bikash Roy and others. Set in the background of the last days of the British Raj in Calcutta, the film explores the lives of a number of characters, including the platonic relationship between an immigrant Chinese wage worker, Wang Lu, and the main female character called Basanti. The film had overt political overtones and was the first film to be banned by the Government of India. The ban was effective for two years.

Awards

Top cast

Basanti's Husband
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Sailaja Chatterjee
Bengali
India

9. The Pathetic Fallacy (1958)

Drama
played Bimal
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
120.0
Promod Lahiri
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Ajantrik is a 1958 Indian Bengali film written and directed by parallel filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak. The film is adapted from a Bengali short story of the same name written by Subodh Ghosh. A comedy-drama film with science fiction themes, it is one of the earliest Indian films to portray an inanimate object, in this case an automobile, as a character in the story. It achieves this through the use of sounds, recorded during post-production, to emphasize the car's bodily functions and movements. The protagonist Bimal can be seen as an influence on the cynical cab driver Narasingh in Satyajit Ray's Abhijan, which in turn served as a prototype for the character of Travis Bickle in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. The film was considered for a special entry in the Venice Film Festival in 1959.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Dinen Gupta
Bengali
India

10. The Philosopher's Stone (1958)

Comedy
played Priyotosh Henry Biswas
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
111.0
Promod Lahiri
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Parash Pathar was Satyajit Ray's first film apart from the Apu Trilogy. It was also his first comedy and first magical realist film. Adapted from a short story of the same name by Parasuram, the film offered an early glimpse of Ray's sense of humour, centred on a middle-class clerk who accidentally discovers a stone that can turn other objects into gold.

Awards

Top cast

Paresh Chandra Dutta
Guest at Cocktail Party#1
Bhajahari
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Bengali
India

11. Runaway (1958)

played Haridas
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
117.0
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Bari Theke Paliye is a 1958 Bengali film by director Ritwik Ghatak. It stars Parambhattarak Lahiri, Kali Bannerjee, Nripati Chatterjee, Padma Devi, Gyanesh Mukherjee. This film was directed by alternative Indian filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak in Kolkata in 1958. The plot is about a misbehaving boy who runs away from his village and goes to Calcutta.

Awards

Top cast

Magician
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Dinen Gupta
Bengali
India

12. Kabuliwala (1957)

Drama
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116.0
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Kabuliwala is a 1957 Bengali film directed by Tapan Sinha and based on the eponymous story by the Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore.

Awards

1956 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali
1956 National Film Award for Best Feature Film

Top cast

Rehmat
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Anil Banerjee
Hindi, Bengali
India

13. Aparajito (1956)

Drama
played Kathak
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
110.0
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Aparajito is a 1956 Indian Bengali drama film directed by Satyajit Ray, and is the second part of The Apu Trilogy. It is adapted from the last one-fifth of Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee's novel Pather Panchali and the first one-third of its sequel Aparajito. It focuses on the life of Apu from childhood to college. The film won eleven international awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It is followed by the third part of the trilogy, The World of Apu.

Awards

1967 Bodil Award for Best American Film
1959 BAFTA Award for Best Film
1957 Golden Lion

Top cast

Sarbojaya Ray
Harihar Ray
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English, Bengali
India

Wikipedia

Check Kali Bannerjee on wikipedia.

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