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).