Manoj Mitra – a legend of Bengali Cinema, celebrated his 72th birthday on December 22, 09. He has also completed 50 years in theatre this year only. Manoj Mitra wrote his first drama on 1959. Manoj Mitra has written more than 100 Bengali Dramas and worked in numerous remarkable Bengali Cinemas.
‘Banchhharamer Bagan’ is a classic Bengali film by the eminent director Tapan Sinha based on a story by the famous playwright Manoj Mitra. The film is cool comedy that is all the same popular today after 28 years when it was made. It is also a popular play that is acted on stage by Manoj Mitra and his theatrical group ‘Sundaram’ named ‘Shajano Bagan’. In both the film and the play, Manoj Mitra himself is cast as the protagonist character, Banchhharam Kapali who is obsessed to his garden.
The film ‘Banchharamer Bagan’ has great cast with Dipankar Dey, Madhabi Mukherjee, Devika Mukherjee, (whereas the play was performed circa 2003 with Mayuri Ghosh, Shubhra Basu, etc). A classic story in any form – cinema or theatre or a simple read that has won the hearts of the audience for decades.