Haridhan Mukherjee

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Deenbandhu Mukherjee

(1907-11-10)November 10, 1907
24 Parganas, British India
Died26 December 2004(2004-12-26) (aged 97)
Kolkata(West Bengal) India
Years active1943–1982
RelativesSunil Mukherjee (son)

Haridhan Mukherjee (10 November 1907 — 26 December 2004) was an Indian actor and singer who is known for his work in Cinema of Bengali cinema as well Bengali theatre. He was known for his versatile acting and portrayal of the next door common man, on screen as well as on stage. Characters with different shades were brought to life with his unique acting style, which made him very popular among the greatest directors of his time.[1]

Early life

Haridhan Mukherjee was born on 10 November, 1907 in Khatua village near Gobardanga, 24 Parganas, British India. His real name was Deenbandhu Mukherjee. His parents were Bhubanmohan and Giribala. His father passed away at a very early age after which his mother raised him. He completed schooling at A V school Shyambazar. He used to play small roles in school dramas and one day was praised by play writer Amrita Lal Basu, who was also his school secretary.[1]

Singing career

He didn't study further after school and tried many odd businesses in order to become self sufficient. After failing in many ventures, he started selling potatoes in local market. He had a knack for singing and acting from young age and learnt Ramayana gaan on his own. He became a popular singer in his neighbourhood and people used the moniker 'Haridhan' (Wealth of Hari) to address him, which later became his stage name. With his singing he impressed the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Ashutosh Mukherjee and Mahatma Gandhi. It is said that Rabindranath gifted him a katha-stitched shawl upon hearing his singing.[2]

Acting career

Haridhan used to act in plays organized in neighbourhood functions and family functions. His performance in initial days were noted and appreciated by the likes of Shishir Kumar Bhaduri and Pramathesh Barua. In early 1940s Shishir Bhaduri offered him a role in the play 'Maya' in 'Srirangam' theatre. This initiated a five decades long acting career, where he had worked in multiple plays at 'Natyabharati', 'Star', 'Rangmahal' and 'Kalika' theatre. His famous plays include, Kabi, Ulka, Adarsha Hindu Hotel, Ami mantri habo, Krishnakanter will, Samadhan, Debdas, Saheb Bibi Golam and Ramer sumoti[1]. His acting career in movies started in 1943 with the movie Khasdakhal. In 1944 he played a comic role in Sandhi where he proved his mettle as a comedian. What ensued was an illustrious career filled with great performances in different roles. He turned himself as director's choice for roles involving deep emotional churn, comic timing, wicked demeanour or a simple amiable personality.[2] He got associated with famous directors like Satyajit Ray, Tarun Majumdar and Arabinda Mukhopadhyay.

Selected Filmography[3]

Year Film Director Role
1943 Sahar Theke Durey Shailajanandan Mukherjee Baul singer
1950 Vidyasagar Kali Prasad Ghose Brahmin Pandit in Radhakanta's court
1950 Maryada Digambar Chatterjee
1953 Raja Krishnachandra Sudhirbandhu Bannerjee
1953 Sharey Chuattor Nirmal Dey Boarder Shib Babu
1955 Joy Maa Kali Boarding Sadhan Sarkar
1956 Shyamali Ajoy Kar
1957 Harishchandra Phani Burma
1958 Parash Pathar Satyajit Ray Subodh Perceval Chatterjee
1958 Jamalaye Jibanta Manush Prafulla Chakraborty Village elder
1962 Kanchenjungha Satyajit Ray Shiv Shankar Roy
1963 Palatak Tarun Majumdar Manager of Jhumur dal
1965 Mahapurush Satyajit Ray Ganesh Mama
1965 Abhaya o Srikanta Haridas Bhattacharya Manohar Babu
1967 Balika Bodhu Tarun Majumdar
1967 Antony Firingee Sunil Bannerjee Thakurdas Singha
1968 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne Satyajit Ray Village elder
1969 Bibaha Bibhrat Ashim Bannerjee
1971 Dhanyee Meye Arabinda Mukhopadhyay Gobardhan's advisor
1973 Basanta Bilap Dinen Gupta Landlord
1973 Shriman Prithviraj Tarun Majumdar Sidhu Khuro
1974 Thagini Tarun Majumdar
1974 Fuleswari Tarun Majumdar Signal man
1975 Agnishwor Arabinda Mukhopadhyay Store Babu
1977 Bhola Moira Piyush Kanti Ganguly
1979 Ghatkali Bimal Roy Jr.
1980 Hirak Rajar Deshe Satyajit Ray Royal Astrologer


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mukherjee, Haridhan. "haridhan-mukherjee-who-redefined-comedy-acting". anandabazar.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mukherjee, Haridhan. "haridhan-mukherjee-mama-of-bengali-cinema-who-fought-poverty-since-age-of-11". getbengal.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Mukherjee, Haridhan. "Haridhan Mukherjee". imdb.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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