Director / Screenwriter / Story Writer Hindi
Phani Majumdar Biography
Born : 28 December 1911, in Faridpur Sadar Upazila, Bangladesh
Death : 16 May 1994
Majumdar made his first movie as a director with K. L. Saigal – Street singer (1938), produced by New Theatres. He then moved to Bombay in 1941 to work with Bombay Talkies Studio. He made Tamanna (1942) with Suraiya, Mohabbat (1943) with Shanta Apte and Andolan (1951). It is said that Andolan was made to promote Congress Party.
In the late 1950s, he made two films in Malay language - Hang Tuah (1956) and Doktor (1958). In 1960s, he made make films in other Indian languages like Punjabi, Magadhi and Maithili.
He also made Hindi films like Kanyadaan, Akashdeep, Kaajal in 1965. But he was the most appreciated for Oonche Log (1965), which is said to have done wonders for actor Feroz Khan’s career.
He also made several documentaries and children’s short films like Saral Biswas (based on Tagore’s poem) (1960), Veer Purush (1960) and TV series like Bulbul and 52-episode Our India (1993).
He also worked on television on a 78-part religious epic The Ramayana in the 1980s. The masses loved his work on television and his fans list kept increasing.
He was married to Monica Desai, sister of actress, Leela Desai.