Remember ‘Mahesh Chandra’ of ‘Bandini’, ‘Upendranath’ of ‘Sujata’, ‘Shyam Sundar’ of ‘Faraar’, ‘Ramesh’ of ‘Kohra’ and character actor in many other Hindi films.
He was none other than the great actor, Tarun Bose, from Nagpur.
He truly stands out as one of the greatest character actors having an uncanny talent of completely melting into the character making one wonder how this person would really be in his off-screen life. He certainly is one of those few actors who could be considered in the same league as great character actors like, Balraj Sahni & Motilal.
Though born in Kolkata, he was brought up in Nagpur where his acting career was groomed. Hindi being dominant language in Nagpur then (and even now), he picked up it at an early age & became absolutely fluent in it as he grew up. So fluent was he in Hindi that hardly any trace of his mother tongue Bengali was ever noticeable. So when he tried to act in Bengali play in his childhood days, he was badly criticized.
“Why this non-Bengali is trying to act in a Bengali plays?”, asked many in the audience!
Maybe for this reason…. and also because of his popularity in Hindi films later… his desire to do a Bengali film remained unfulfilled till the very end. Be that as it may, this very fluency in Hindi and his unique baritone voice later went on to make him one of the greatest character actors of Hindi cinema.
Possessed with a single most objective of becoming an actor, he took part in many plays ever since he was in his teens. Because of his tonal richness, he soon got a job in All India Radio Nagpur. Later he got married and went for a stable job in Post & Telegraph Dept. all the while perusing his first love – stage and Radio-plays.
When Bimal Roy spotted him during a fund-raising play at SFS school Nagpur and offered him a role in films, he asked for a fixed salary. Bimal Roy agreed considering Tarun’s dependent family (he perhaps was the only person in Bimal Roy’s coterie who was paid a fixed salary in those days). Since then he had been an exclusive choice of legendary Bimal Roy for many of his classics. Besides, so significant was he for AIR Nagpur that the producers recorded different versions of his laughter for using them in their future radio-plays. Also it was this ability of his to laugh convincingly that later made a great impact in the suspense thriller ‘Kohra’. After his film ‘Aparadhi Kaun’ became super-hit in 1957, he became a household name and never looked back thereafter.
Some of his other popular films are…
‘Usne Kaha Tha’, ‘Madhumati’, ‘Kabuliwala’, ‘Benzeer’, ‘Meri Surat Teri Aakhen’, ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’, ‘Gumnaam’, ‘Oonche Log’, ‘Anokhi Raat’, ‘Satyakaam’, ‘Annadata’ etc.
A song ‘Dheere Dheere Machal’ from the 1966 film ‘Anupama” is presented. Music for this song sung by Lata is composed by Hemant Kumar.