Hardcover, 320 pages First Published on Sep 30, 2021 by Bloomsbury Academic To buy the book, click on any of the links below Amazon.in Bloomsbury Barnes & Noble - US Waterstones - UK WHSmith - UK Booktopia - Australia Uttam Kumar – A Life in Cinema By Sayandeb Chowdhury ISBN NO: 9789390358854 / 9789390358014 There is none like Uttam and there will be no one to ever replace him. He was and he is unparalleled in Bengali, even Indian cinema. Satyajit Ray, Oscar-winning Indian Film Director Actor and screen icon Uttam Kumar (1926–1980) is a talismanic figure in Bengali public life. Breaking away from established codes of onscreen performance, he came to anchor an entire industry and led the efforts to reimagine popular cinema in the mid-20th-century Bengal. But there is pitifully less knowledge about Uttam Kumar in the learned circles—be it about his range of style and performance; the attractions and problems of his cinema; his roles as producer and patriarch of the industry; or his persona, stardom, and legacy. The first definitive cultural and critical biography of this larger-than-life figure, Uttam Kumar engages meaningfully with his life and his cinema, revealing the man, hero, and actor from various, often competing, vantages. The conceptual aim is to locate a star figure within a larger historical and cultural context and to enquire into how a towering image was mobilized for an ever-greater pursuit of wholesome, popular, even at times, radical and progressive entertainment. A complimentary métier of this work is to explore why and how this star persona would go on to reconstitute the bhadrolok Bengali visual and cultural world in the post-Partition period. But above all, this is the story of a clerk who became an actor, an actor who became a star, a star who became an icon, and an icon who became a legend. To download poster, click here Bloomsbury Academic Bloomsbury is a leading independent publishing house established in 1986. It has companies in London, New York, Sydney, and New Delhi. Launched in September 2012, Bloomsbury India upholds Bloomsbury Publishing’s tradition of publishing books of the highest quality in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Academic, Business, and Education by both Indian and international authors. Reviews and Testimonials Read an excerpt | Published in The Indian Express | Jul 24, 2021 If Bengali cinema had a face Uttam Kumar would be it. The auteur dominated the screen after he debuted in 1948. His easy charm, smile, and innate likability made him a cultural icon, earning him the moniker of ‘Mahanayak’. He passed away on July 24, 1980 at the age of 53. Much has been written about his life and films. Uttam Kumar: A Life in Cinema by Sayandeb Chowdhury, published by Bloomsbury, is an additive to the list.. ..... <Click here to read more> Read an excerpt | Published in Scroll.in | Jul 24, 2021 “Uttam is Uttam. I am delighted to be part of a function to honour him. I have seen most of his Bengali films. They are wonderful. Such mooch, Uttam Saab lajabab kalakar hai. (Truly Uttam Saab is an artist without a parallel.)” As rains lashed the beach outside, the words showered music on the ears of Uttam Kumar, who was in the audience as Dilip Kumar uttered those words.. ..... <Click here to read more> News on the book | Published in The Week | Jul 24, 2021 A new book on the life and times of matinee idol Uttam Kumar, who dominated Bengali cinema's commercial and cultural assets for close to three decades, will hit the stands next month, announced publishing house Bloomsbury India on the legendary actor's 41st death anniversary.. ..... <Click here to read more> News on the Book | Published in Cinestaan | Jun 21, 2021 Author and film scholar Sayandeb Chowdhury has announced the release of his book Uttam Kumar: A Life in Cinema on Twitter. Published by Bloomsbury Academic, the volume will be launched next month.. ..... <Click here to read more> Author's interview | Published in The New Indian Express | Aug 15, 2021 A newly-released biography, titled, Uttam Kumar: A Life in Cinema (Bloomsbury) focuses on the actor’s colossal contribution to Indian cinema. Kumar won the first National Award for Best Actor in 1967 and was the only living person whose life was fictionalised by Satyajit Ray. Author Sayandeb Chowdhury, who teaches in the School of Letters at Ambedkar University Delhi, tells us more.. ..... <Click here to read more> Read a feature and excerpt | Published in The Telegraph Online | Sep 3, 2021 Little did Uttam know that his stardom had stretched well beyond the limits of the city. This was in the early 1960s. It was an outdoor shoot at Jiaganj, an ancient riverine town about ten kilometres from Bengal’s medieval capital of Murshidabad. As a red herring, it was announced well in advance that Uttam Kumar was indisposed and was not travelling with the crew.. ..... <Click here to read more> Book Review | Published in Business Review | Sep 23, 2021 This is a fascinating book on a movie icon who remains part of the collective consciousness of Bengalis all over the world even 40 years after his death. Biographies of super-achievers (mahanayak, in this case) often fail to go beyond felicitous homages, but Sayandeb Chowdhury, the author of Uttam Kumar: A life in Cinema, has gone off the beaten track. Result: A dispassionate assessment of a phenomenon called Kumar. ..... <Click here to read more> Leave a Comment Email Name Comment Post Comment Your comment will be revised by the site if needed.