Uttam Kumar(3 September 1926 ) was a legendary Bengali actor. He is fondly called the Mahanayak or the "Great Hero" of Bengali cinema.
His original name was Arun Kumar Chatterjee.He was born on 3 September 1926 at Ahiritola, North Kolkata but was called 'Uttam' by his maternal grandmother. His huge joint family had its own theatre group Suhrid Samaj which staged many amateur shows within the community.
No wonder then, Uttam Kumar was bitten by the acting bug right from childhood itself. Besides acting, he was also into sports and physical fitness. He took up wrestling, swimming, lathi-khela (sparring with wooden sticks), horse riding and tennis.
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