RBN Web Desk: Veteran actress Tandra Barman, largely remembered for her role in director Ajoy Kar’s 1962 film Atal Joler Ahwan, died on 19 February from old-age related complications. She was 76.
Tandra Barman landed her first lead role in actor-director Bikash Roy’s 1961 film Carey Saheber Munshi. She had earlier acted in Niren Lahiri’s Tansen (1958).
It’s believed by some quarters that Tandra was selected by renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray for a major role in Aparajito (1956), the second film of the Apu trilogy. She was, however, dropped from the film as her on-screen look didn’t match the character she was supposed to play.
She appeared opposite Soumitra Chatterjee in Atal Joler Ahwan.
The actress shared screen space with Biswajit Chatterjee in Binu Bardhan’s Ek Tukro Agun, and with Anil Chattopadhyay in Asim Pal’s Dui Bari. Both films released in 1963.
She acted in several other films over the next decade and a half.
According to some sources, Tandra Barman refused to be a part of Tapan Sinha’s Hansuli Banker Upakatha (1962), as the role was not to her liking. The film was based on a novel by author Tarashankar Bandopadhyay.
Ajit Bandyopadhyay-directed Ami Ratan was Tandra’s last big screen appearance. The film released in 1979. She married and quit films but later appeared in a few telefilms.