Phani Majumdar

Phani Majumdar was a pioneering Indian film director, who worked in Hindi cinema,[1] most known for his film Street Singer (1938) starring K.L. Saigal noted for its song, Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye, Meena Kumari classic Aarti (1962) and Oonche Log (1965). He also worked in Singapore, where he notably made Hang Tuah (1955) in Malay, which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

Phani Majumdar
Born(1911-12-28)28 December 1911
Died16 May 1994(1994-05-16) (aged 82)
Occupationfilm director, screenwriter
Years active1938-1986


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).[1] 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.[3]

He was married to Monica Desai, sister of actress, Leela Desai.


Year Film Director Writer Notes
1938 Street Singer Yes K.L. Saigal, Hindi
1938 Sathi Yes K. L. Saigal, Bengali version of Street Singer
1943 Mohabbat Yes
1948 Hum Bhi Insaan Hain Yes
1952 Goonj Yes Suraiya (Heroine), Suresh(Hero), Producer: HS Kwatra, Story & Lyrics: Madhok,MD Sardul Kwatra
1954 Baadbaan Yes Yes (story)
1956 Hang Tuah Yes Malay language
1958 Doktor Yes Yes (story) Malay language
1961 Bhaiyaa Yes Yes (story) Magahi
1962 Aarti Yes Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar
1965 Kanyadan Yes Maithili language
Akashdeep Yes
Kaajal Yes [4]
Oonche Log Yes Yes National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film in Hindi[5][6]
Feroz Khan's first hit [7]
1978 Badalte Rishtey Yes
1986 Ek Chadar Maili Si Yes
Note:Films in Hindi-language unless mentioned otherwise.


National Film Awards


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