29 NOVEMBER PRAMATHESH CHANDRA BARUA (1903 to 1951)
Pramathesh Chandra Barua was an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter in the pre-independence era. He was born on 24 October 1903 in Gauripur, Assam, to Raja Prabhat Chandra Barua of the Gauripur royal family. Considered an enigma, the actor and filmmaker portrayed tragic literary characters like no other screen performer. The prince-turned-actor is said to have changed the theatrical manner of acting, making it more realistic and believable, in sync with real-life situations. Barua is one of the pioneers of the Indian film industry. In 1935, he directed and acted in Devdas, a romantic film adapted from Saratchandra Chatterjee’s novel Devdas. In 1936, he remade this film in Hindi with K L Saigal in the lead role. The success of Devdas in both Bengali and Hindi placed him on the list of the top Indian film directors. Pramathesh Chandra Barua passed away on 29 November 1951 in Kolkata.
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