Prominent filmmaker-screenwriter Phani Majumdar was Born On This Day

Prominent filmmaker-screenwriter Phani Majumdar was #BornOnThisDay. He is remembered for classics like Street Singer, Aarti and Oonche Log. In addition to his work in Hindi and Bengali, he was a pioneering figure of Magadhi and Maithili film industries. Majumdar also made Singaporean film The Legend of Hang Tuah (1956) in Malay.

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.

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