It is rare to find brothers excel in the same art together – like Uttam Kumar and Tarun Kumar did. The elder brother, Uttam’s charisma and personality landed him the lead roles naturally. The younger sibling Tarun equally excelled in the supporting roles.

While both the brothers worked together in the Bengali films for decades, they were more as companions than competitors. While Tarun knew his dada’s glamour was legendary, Uttam appreciated the hard work and superb acting that was the forte of his brother.

The brothers have acted together in numerous films which have entertained us since more than fifty years. Not only have we seen such a pair like them on screen, and probably never will. Here are some of the duo’s most memorable films.

Jhinder Bandi

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This legend of a film has many attractions to its name, one of those being the real brothers playing reel brothers. As in reality, Uttam Kumar is the elder brother Shankar Singh and inheritor of the kingdom of Jhind. While Uttam dominates the show, Tarun Kumar as Udit, the scheming younger brother who wants to inherit the throne is just as well done.

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Sanyasi Raja

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Raja Moshai Uttam Kumar needs a man who is intelligent enough for a good conversation and not to humble for a game of chess. Jagjeeban Tarun Kumar is his companion all the while. After the ‘resurrection’ and return of Rajamoshai as the Sanyasi, we are glad to see Jagjeeban – he still has his intellect on and joins him on his new endeavor.

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Dui Purush

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In this film, we see a twist in the roles. Uttam is a young lawyer who is fighting for the poor peasants while Tarun is an older man living in lavish circumstances.

Deya Neya

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This musical romantic light-mood film is quite entertaining. Uttam Kumar starts as the alias Abhijit Choudhury – renowned singer- and driver and rich man’s upset son. On the contrary Tarun Kumar is that solid friend-in-need without whom the protagonist cannot achieve anything. We enjoy the light and innocent conversations of the duo as much as we love the film.

Abak Prithibi

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A wonderfully good film! Uttam Kumar is a man who has recently served a sentence in the prison and nobody would put any trust on a man like him. This film has almost equal weightage to both the brothers in terms of screen time. But Tarun Kumar rocks in this film as the compassionate Father who stands up for this man. His heart touching performance won him the award for the Best Supporting Actor.

See: Tarun Kumar’s best roles

Saptapadi

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This super hit film pairs the duo as friends again. While Uttam shone as the protagonist, Tarun always stands strong in a supporting role.

Chhadmabeshi

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In Chhadmabeshi we can see the brothers as conspirators-in-arms. Uttam Kumar is Abanish alias driver Gourhari and Tarun is Benoy, his friend and co-plotter. This hilarious comedy is simply unforgettable.

Dhanyee Meye

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Bagla’s boudi is sick and Bagla’s dada (Uttam Kumar) calls for the doctor (Tarun Kumar). The doctor while he sees the patient asks for a screw driver, hammer and shovel! Why? For that you must watch the hilarious and unforgettable Dhanni Meye.

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