Remembering Debaki Bose on his 121st birth anniversary today.

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Remembering Debaki Bose on his 121st birth anniversary today.

Bose (1898–1971), also known as Debaki Kumar Bose, was a top director, writer, and actor of Bengali cinema/Indian cinema. He was born on 25 November 1898 in Akalpoush, Burdwan, Bengal, British India. He died on 17 November 1971 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. He is known for his innovative use of sound and music in Indian Cinema. He worked first under the banner of British Dominion Films of Dhiren Ganguly and later with Pramathesh Barua’s Barua Pictures and finally he joined New Theatres banner in 1932. He started his own production company, Debaki Productions, in 1945.

Debaki Bose was son of a successful advocate in Burdwan. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s call for non-co-operation movement, he walked out of an examination and started living on his own. He opened a shop in local market selling towels and he was also an editor of a local weekly named Shakti. Dhiren Ganguly, better known as DG, an established film director from Calcutta, was visiting Burdwan at that time. DG met Debaki and as he came know about Debaki’s writing skill, he invited Debaki to come to Calcutta and to write film scripts for him. This culminated into the first film made by British Dominion Films named Kamonar Agun (or Flames of Flesh)
Credited with many firsts in Indian cinema, Bose’s film “Seeta” (Hindi) won the gold medal at the third International Exhibition of Cinematic Art at Venice in Aug 1934.

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