When Bhanu Bandopadhyay and Tulsi Chakraborty fought over jora ilish!

Nepal Babu brings home jora ilish from the market and Bhanu Bandopadhyay is delighted to see the jora ilish and is high on anticipation for the shorhe kancha lonka ilish dish. On the great actor Bhanu Bandopadhyay’s 100 th birth anniversary, here’s an all-time favourite scene from the golden days of black and white cinema. The presence of another acting legend Tulsi Chakraborty makes it worth a watch.

Coming back the movie scene, the owner of the house Tulsi Chakraborty turns out to be the spoilsport. At this moment of ecstatic anticipation he enters the room complaining about the overdue rent and what follows is an unforgettably comic squabble between the two comedy kings – Bhanu and Tulsi.

Since the independence of India, ghotis and bangals have been quarrelling with one another for no apparent reason at all. Sometimes the reason is a game, then it may be about chingri or ilish and some other times it’s just the mere difference in culture. However, this rivalry has led to some classy comic creations in Bengali cinema. One of those is ‘Ora Thakey Odhare’. This Sukumar Dasgupta directed 1954 film starring Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Malina Debi, Tulsi Chakraborty, Chhabi Biswas and Bhanu Banerjee remains a cult classic from the golden era of Bengali cinema.