Sunday, June 1, 2014

CHHAYA DEVI

Chhaya Devi was an exceptionally talented actress mainly in Bengali language but also appeared in several Hindi films as well as in Assamese,Telugu  and Tamil Films also.She possessed spontaneous acting skill with the  most suited expressions and emotions and felt 'as if real' to the audience.She was born in Bhagalpur in the year 1914.She was relative of actor Ashok Kumar's wife Shobha Ganguly.She learnt Classical Hindustani in childhood and had performed on All India Radio.
She entered films in 1936 with 'Sonar Sansar' directed by Debaki Bose and acted as the heroine of that film.Next year she acted as Queen Lakshmi in the film 'Bidyapati'(1937) which was made in Hindi as 'Vidyapati' and the film was a roaring success all over India and thus Chhaya Devi became popular all over the country.She received much critical acclaim for her portrayal of the character as queen Lakshmi.
Films like 'Nirjan Sakate(63),Hatey Bazarey(67) Apanjan(68) etc received critical acclaim and good responses from the audience.
She acted in Mrinal Sen's films like 'Raat Bhore' and 'Abasheshe'.
'Abhinetri' was a super hit film which received accolades which was made as 'Haar Jeet' in Hindi also in 1940.
She acted in Assamese film 'Era Bator Sur' which was directorial debut of Bhupen Hazarika.
'Ratnadeep' was a Bengali film which was also made in Hindi in 1952 and was directed by Debaki Bose.
'Tu Hi Meri Zindagi' was a Hindi film of 1965.
"Mamta' was a Hindi film in which Suchitra Sen,Ashok Kumar,Dharmendra etc acted with her and the film was directed by Asit Sen.
'Zindagi Zindagi' was Hindi film of director Tapan Sinha in 1972 in which Sunil Dutt,Waheeda Rehman,Ashok Kumar,Jalal Agha,Ramesh Deo etc acted.
She acted along with Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha in Hindi film "Alaap' in 77.
'Naa Illu' was Telugu film directed by Chittoor V.Nagaiah in 53 which was also made in Tamil as 'En Veedu'.
'Kanyasulkam' was a Telugu film of 1955 directed by P.Pullaiah in which N.T.Rama Rao and Savitri were the leading pair.
N.T.Rama Rao and Jamuna were the main pair of Telugu film 'Chiranjeevulu' of 1956.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao,S.V.Ranga Rao,Jamuna etc acted  in 'Pelli Naati Pramanalu' in 1958.
In the film 'Seetha Rama Kalyanam' a Hindu mythological film directed by N.T.R, in 1961 Chhaya Devi acted along N.T.Rama Rao,Shoban Babu,B.Saroja Devi etc.NTR acted as Ravana in this film.
"Ettukku Pai Ettu(58),Gundamma Katha(62),Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha(62),Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham(63),Paravu Prathishta(63),Tirupathamma Katha(65),Sampoorna Ramayanam(71) etc " are some other Telugu films of Chhaya Devi.
In 1977 she acted in the Telugu film 'Kalpana' in which Murali Mohan,Jayachitra,Gummadi etc acted.
Chhaya Devi passed away in Calcutta in 2001.
Selected Filmography





 






Sonar Sansar
Rajani
Bidyapati
Vidyapati
Bekar Nashem
Janak Nandini
Devjani
Haar Jeet
Abhinetri
Sree Radha
Chauranghee
Bondita
Dhatri Debata
En Veedu
Kanya Sulkam
Chiranjeevulu
Raat Bhore
Daner Maryada
Maya Bazaar
Pelli Naatu Pramanulu
Ettuku Pai Ettu
Sree Seetha Rama Kalyanam
Abashasha
Dakshayagnam
Gundamma Katha
Bhranti Bilas
Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham
Paravu Pratishta
Saptapadi
Tirupathamma Katha
Kanchen Kanya
Uttar Falguni
Barnali
Arohi
Antony Firingee
Sree Krishnavataram
Teen Adhaya
Bhagini
Apanjan
Parineeta
Pita Putra
Arogya Niketan
Nindu Hridayalu
Kuheli
Zindagi Zindagi
Tata Manavadu
Swayam Siddha
Phool Sajya
Jyoti
Harmonium
Kalpana
Pratima
Ek Jo Chhilo Desh
Alaap
Man Abhiman
Kalankini
Soonya Sakshi
Lal Golap
Pratikar



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