Here are a few hit Bengali films featuring actors in double roles that you must watch
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Here are a few hit Bengali films featuring actors in double roles that you must watch
Hia Datta
Aug 06, 2021

Ascertaining the right strategy to ensure the commercial success of feature films has been a very nagging problem for the makers. While some typical solutions have been invented over the years for the same, some work well, and well, some don’t. However, one such formula that has more often than not worked at the box office in Bengali cinema, is casting a popular actor in a double role. 

Watching a hero or heroine performing two separate characters in the same film is an offer that the audience largely can’t refuse and get lured into. Why would they not be? After all, who wouldn’t want to see their favourite star on the screen in two different characters for the price of one film? To add to that, double roles increase the screen time of a star, and can easily imbibe deeper nuances and layers in his /her performance; a grand scope for the star to exhibit their acting chops beyond the obvious trappings of their onscreen starry persona. 

Raising a double toast to every film in every language that worked well with the creative and bankable idea of having actors in a double role are these popular Bengali films featuring double roles of the actors in them. Read them up and go watch them on the double!

Jiban Mrityu
8.1OTTplay Rating
Here we have Uttam Kumar in a double role. Directed by Hiren Nag, the film was immensely popular in 1967. A man is sentenced to long imprisonment for his culpability in bank fraud and misappropriation of a large sum of money. When he returns to normal life after serving the terms, he is struck with an irrevocable loss of family and wealth. The story deals with his fightback to reveal the truth and to regain his due place in society. Jiban Mrityu is a representative example of films belonging to the golden era of Bengali cinema when Uttam Kumar reigned supreme. And when gripping storylines, powerful performances, and good direction were the defining features. Apart from the towering performance by Uttam, the film boasts of a stellar ensemble cast of Supriya Chowdhury, Kamal Mitra, Tarun Kumar, Bankim Ghosh, etc. The script is masterfully written; every character is finely etched, and dramatic moments are woven one after another into the climax. Few songs by composer Gopen Mullick were chartbusters and are appealing even today.
Mon Niye
One of the earliest films in the psychological thriller genre, the subject of this film was much ahead of its time. A writer Amitava, played with characteristic elan by Uttam Kumar, has a differently-abled sister, whom he loves very much. He gets married but can't devote much time to home because of his preoccupation with writing and other businesses. All of a sudden, there’s a murder! The mystery is revealed at the climax. Scripted and directed by an industry stalwart, Salil Sen, the film (1969) depicts all these incidents in a marvellous script, with full attention to psychological nuances. The songs by Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Hemanta Kumar are popular even today. Uttam Kumar unleashes his charm in full swing, looking dashing and suave and sensitive at the same time. But what makes the film special is the performance of Supriya Chowdhury in a double role, bringing out the complexities and uniqueness of the characters effortlessly. She is so good in both roles that she easily holds her own in a film that features Uttam Kumar.
Rakhi Purnima
6.6OTTplay Rating
Director Anjan Chakraborty made this hit film in 2001. It serves as an archetypical example of breezy entertainers with dramatic overtones that Bengali cinema has produced over the years. Ranjit Mallick, Tapas Pal, Lokesh Ghosh, Rita Koiral, Gita De, Subhendu Chatterjee, and Chumki Chowdhury star in a family drama about two inseparable sisters both played by Chumki Chowdhury. The twin sisters are tied together by an invisible sibling bond that makes both of them experience the problems of the other. However, their bond is put to the test of dramatic situations and circumstances. The film still remains a fan-favourite of many film aficionados in Bengal.
8.4OTTplay Rating
This Srijit Mukherjee directorial is about a young man Rohit (played by Jisshu Sengupta), a music enthusiast researching on the noted folk poet from Bengal of the nineteenth century, Anthony Firingee. He meets a mysterious man who claims to have a strange connection with the poet from the nineteenth century. Bizarre dramatic situations come up, involving history and the present day. Prasenjit Chatterjee plays the roles of the poet and his mysterious modern counterpart, sinking into teeth of both the characters, that only helped the film sail high. The musical operates in two timelines - the nineteenth century and the present-day setting. It went on to clinch the 2014 National Awards for Best Music direction (Kabir Suman) and Best Playback singer (Rupankar Bagchi).
7.1OTTplay Rating
The film, directed by Agradoot, is about the crisis faced during the second world war. Uttam Kumar plays a soldier going to join the war, where he meets another man who is his exact lookalike, who eventually dies. When he goes to his friend's home to inform about his untimely demise - he is entangled in a case of mistaken identity. Everyone takes him to be his departed friend and a saga of emotional drama unfolds. In the double roles, tailor-made for the superhero, Uttam Kumar excels as usual. Other characters, played by Anil Chatterjee, Supriya Chowdhury, Sabitri Chatterjee, are also unforgettable. The story, script, dialogues, and music are all first-rate, and so is the assured direction. It is a saga of wartime sacrifice, loss, love, and hope. The film bears a strong antiwar message which nevertheless celebrates the fight against the cruel fate inflicted by the war.
7.4OTTplay Rating
A prominent male singer Arun is secretly and deeply admired by a promising new female singer Deepa. Arun eventually falls in love for Deepa. And you know, as things happen on the silver screen, Deepa has an identical twin sister Rupa. Deepa is soft spoken and traditional, whereas Rupa is assertive and outgoing. A chain of confusion and misunderstanding ensues. As if this was not enough, Arun also has a lookalike brother Tarun, who is an extrovert as opposed to Arun. So the chaos is doubled up. Two parallel love relationships develop and get almost jeopardized until the climax clears up all the confusion. Replete with lovely popular songs tuned by Hemanta Mukherjee, this romantic comedy is directed by Dinen Gupta, and are enriched by the dual double roles by both Aparna Sen and Ranjit Mallick. Other characters are played by Rabi Ghosh, Anup Kumar, Chaya Devi. The film was a huge success and is suited even today for a light-hearted watch.

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