Shakti Samanta

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Date of Birth : 14 January 1925,
Date of Birth : NA

Mini Biography :
Shakti Samanta Directed first feature film in 1954 and started his own production company, Shakti Films, in 1957. In all, Samanta has directed 43 feature films: including 37 Hindi, and 6 Bengali films. His best known films are: Howrah Bridge, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, An Evening in Paris, Aradhana, Kati Patang, Amar Prem, Anuraag, Amanush, Barsaat Ki Ek Raat and Mehbooba. Samanta is credited for starting the trend of making double version films in Hindi and Bengali with Amanush in 1974. Samanta also made the first co-produced film between India and Bangladesh in 1984. Shakti managed to ride 2 “star phases” and attempted a 3rd.

He was among the directors who worked with Shammi Kapoor in the late 50′s up to mid 60′s when he was a star, then he hitched on early to Rajesh Khanna and gave a number of hits with him, and though he tried to get on to the Amitabh Bachchan star phase, his movies with Amitabh Bachchan were not hits despite “The Great Gambler” having all the ingredients ( story, cast, music).


Filmography :

As Director :

  1. Devdas (2002/II)
  2. Geetanjali (1993/I)
  3. Dushman (1990)
  4. Alag Alag (1985)
  5. Aar Paar (1985)
  6. Anyay Abichar (1985)
  7. Awaaz (1984)
  8. Ayaash (1982)
  9. Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981)
  10. Khwab (1980)
  11. The Great Gambler (1979)
  12. Anand Ashram (1977/I)
  13. Anand Ashram (1977/II)
  14. Anurodh (1977)
  15. Mehbooba (1976)
  16. Amanush (1975/I)
  17. Amanush (1975/II)
  18. Ajanabee (1974)
  19. Charitraheen (1974)
  20. Anuraag (1972)
  21. Amar Prem (1971)
  22. Jaane-Anjaane (1971)
  23. Kati Patang (1970)
  24. Pagla Kahin Ka (1970)
  25. Aradhana (1969)
  26. An Evening in Paris (1967)
  27. Sawan Ki Ghata (1966)
  28. Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
  29. Ek Raaz (1963)
  30. China Town (1962)
  31. Isi Ka Naam Duniya Hai (1962)
  32. Naughty Boy (1962)
  33. Jaali Note (1960)
  34. Singapore (1960)
  35. Insan Jaag Utha (1959)
  36. Detective (1958)
  37. Howrah Bridge (1958)
  38. Hill Station (1957)
  39. Sheroo (1957)
  40. Inspector (1956)
  41. Bahu (1955)

As Producer :

  1. Devdas (2002/II) (producer)
  2. Ankhon Mein Tum Ho (1997) (producer)
  3. Geetanjali (1993/I) (producer)
  4. Aakhri Baazi (1989) (producer)
  5. Palay Khan (1986) (producer)
  6. Aar Paar (1985) (producer)
  7. Main Awara Hoon (1983) (producer)
  8. Aamne Samne (1982) (producer)
  9. Ayaash (1982) (producer)
  10. Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981) (producer)
  11. Anand Ashram (1977/I) (producer)
  12. Balika Badhu (1976) (producer)
  13. Amanush (1975/I) (producer)
  14. Anuraag (1972) (producer)
  15. Amar Prem (1971) (producer)
  16. Jaane-Anjaane (1971) (producer)
  17. Kati Patang (1970) (producer)
  18. Aradhana (1969) (producer)
  19. An Evening in Paris (1967) (producer)
  20. Sawan Ki Ghata (1966) (producer)
  21. Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) (producer)
  22. China Town (1962) (producer)
  23. Naughty Boy (1962) (producer)
  24. Insan Jaag Utha (1959) (producer)

As writer :

  1. The Great Gambler (1979) (scenario)
  2. Baadbaan (1954) (also dialogue)
Nomination And Awards
Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1974 Won Filmfare Award Best Film
for: Anuraag (1972)

1970 Won Filmfare Award Best Film
for: Aradhana (1969)

Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 - Lifetime Achievement Award

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