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Phani Majumdar

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Years active  1938-1986
Ex-spouse  Monica Desai
Died  May 16, 1994
Role  Film director
Name  Phani Majumdar

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Born  December 28, 1911 (1911-12-28) Faridpur, East Bengal
Occupation  film director, screenwriter
Awards  All India Certificate of Merit for Second Best Children's Film, Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film in Hindi
Movies  The Legend of Hang Tuah, Aarti, Oonche Log, Akashdeep, Street Singer
Similar People  Tarachand Barjatya, Tarun Bose, Kanan Devi, Shashikala, Ashok Kumar


Phani Majumdar was a pioneering Indian film director, who worked in Hindi cinema, most known for his film Street Singer (1938) starring K.L. Saigal noted for its song, Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye, Meena Kumari classic Aarti (1962) and Oonche Log (1965). He also worked in Singapore, where he notably made Hang Tuah (1955) in Malay, which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival.



Starting in 1930s, with leading film director P.C. Barua at New Theatres Studio of Calcutta founded by B. N. Sircar, who during this period made classics like Devdas (1935). He moved to Bombay in 1941 and worked with Bombay Talkies studio, he made Tamanna (1942) with Suraiya and Mohabbat (1943) with Shanta Apte and Andolan (1951). He made films in Punjabi, Magadhi (Bhaiya, 1961) and Maithili (Kanyadaan, 1965). His Oonch Log was actor Feroz Khan's first hit and won the National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film .

Noted film director-producer Shakti Samanta assisted Majumdar in Tamasha, Baadbaan and Dhobi Doctor at Bombay Talkies before working independently.

He was married to Monica Desai, sister of actress, Leela Desai.


Note:Films in Hindi-language unless mentioned otherwise.


National Film Awards
  • 1961: All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Children's Film - Savitri
  • 1965: Second Best Feature Film: Oonch Log
  • References

    Phani Majumdar Wikipedia