Uttam will be Uttam and Soumitra will be peerless. See Soumitra vs Uttam in a colossal performance in Stree.
Soumitra’s good looks and Uttam’s glamourous personality has divided the Bengali film watchers into two passionate masses each expressing who is the more loved one. In the super hit song and dance performance in Hajar takar jharbati ta, watch Uttam Kumar glow in his charisma even in the role of a perverted drunkard zamindar. At its contrast, look at Soumitra – the perfect gentleman with his deep eyes and soft looks. You decide who the best is. If you want more, it is also a duet between Manna Dey and Hemanta Mukherjee in Uttam and Soumitra’s lip respectively.
Soumitra vs Uttam – Indian cinema is extremely fortunate to have had both of these brilliant stars who will remain unbeatable forever.
Hajar takar jharbati ta is from the landmark film Stree released in 1972. It has a superb cast of Uttam Kumar, Soumitra Chatterjee, Arati Bhattacharya and Bhanu Bandyopadhyay. Stree is a film that shows the unfortunate truth of the fallen zamindars of Bengal towards the latter part of the British rule in India. Madhav Dutta, played by Uttam Kumar portrays the condition very well. Madhav is one of those zamindars who is squandering his money and life away in alcohol and courtesans while his wife Mrinmoyee is left to herself. Hajar takar jharbati ta song pretty much tells the situation of that era.
Soumitra is Sitapati, Madhav’s keeps him as a cameraman. As he enters, the plot deepens with the unfolding that Mrinmoyee is Sitapati’s ex-lover. While her husband spends more time with other women than her, she finds comfort in Sitapati. Unfortunately, while infidelity was acceptable with men it was a sin for a woman in the bygone hypercritic days. This dark tale ends with Sitapati leaving Mrinmoyee and then by the death of the protagonists. Stri is a tragic love story, a social drama and a depiction of man’s fall from grace due to wrong company.
- Khirki theke singha duyar – Soumitra’s heartrending song in Stree
- ‘Apnar poisae jora ilish kinchi’ – Bangal vs Ghoti
- Films that Uttam and Soumitra did together