Today is the death anniversary of Shakti Samanta the renowned Director and Producer of Indian cinema. He was born on 13thJanuary 1926 at Burdwan, Bengal Presidency of British India.
Making his debut as a film director with the film Bahu in 1955,he founded Shakti Films in1957.A highly talented film director, his filmography includes films like Howrah Bridge, Insaan Jaag Utha, Jaali Note, Singapore, China Town, Kashmir ki Kali, Saawan ki Ghata, An Evening In Paris,Aradhana, Kati Patang, Pagla Kahin Ka, Amar Prem, Anurag, Charitraheen, Amanush, Mehbooba, Anurodh, The Great Gambler and many others.Starting from big names like
Ashok Kumar, and Madhubala, down the line he directed actors like Sunil Dutt , Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore. To him goes the credit of making a superstar out of Rajesh Khanna.The films Aradhana, Anuraag, and Amanush won Filmfare Award.Some of his films made their way to international Film Festivals.He remained the President of Indian Motion Pictures Association for five years, Chairman of the Central Board of Fiim Certfication for seven years, and Chairman of Satyajit Ray Institute of Films & Television, Kolkata for two years.
He died this day in 2009,aged 83.
Our humble tributes !