Utpal Dutt (29 March 1929 – 19 August 1993) was an actor, director, and writer-playwright. He was primarily an actor in Bengali theatre, where he became a pioneering figure in Modern Indian theatre, when he founded the ‘Little Theater Group‘ in 1947, which enacted many English, Shakespearean, and Brecht plays, in a period now known as the ‘Epic theater’ period, before immersing itself completely in highly political and radical theatre. His plays became an apt vehicle of the expression for his Marxist ideologies, visible in socio-political plays like Kallol (1965), Manusher Adhikar, Louha Manob (1964), Tiner Toloar and Maha-Bidroha. He also acted over 100 Bengali and Hindi films in his career spanning 40 years, and remains most known for his roles in films like Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome (1969), Satyajit Ray’s Agantuk (1991), Gautam Ghose’s Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) and Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s breezy Hindi comedies such as Gol Maal (1979) and Rang Birangi (1983).

He received National Film Award for Best Actor in 1970 and three Filmfare Best Comedian Awards. In 1990, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance, and Theatre, awarded him its highest award the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime contribution to theatre.

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Utpal Dutt

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Utpal Dutt in a play

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Satyajit Ray with Utpal Dutt

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Sanjeev Kumar Zeenat Aman & Utpal Dutt

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(From L)- Kumkum Bhattacharya, Nirmal Guha Roy, Utpal Dutt, Charu Mazumdar, Pabitra Sengupta, Tapas Sen and Souren Bose

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Shooting Still from Satyajit Ray’s Agantuk

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Utpal Dutt with co-stars Madan, Amitabh Bachchan,Jalal Agha and Anwar Ali

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Basu Chatterji with Ashok Kumar, A K Hangal and Utpal Dutt on the sets of Shaukeen

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Bengali Othello, Little Theatre Group, 1958. Utpal Dutt as Othello, Shekhar Chattopadhyay

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Utpal Dutt in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome

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Utpal Dutt, A.K.Hangal & Ashok Kumar in Shaukeen

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The Guru, starring Rita Tushingham, Michael York, Utpal Dutt, Madhur Jaffrey and Barry Foster, 1969

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Utpal Dutt and Jaya Bhaduri in the Movie Guddi, Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee – 1971

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Utpal dutt as Maganlal Meghraj

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Utpal Dutt in Chorus

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Utpal Dutta (second from left) with filmmaker Satyajit Ray (second from right)

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Utpal Dutt & Amol Palekar in Golmaal

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Utpal Dutt in Saath Hindustani

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Utpal Dutt in Bhuvan Shome, 1969

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