The black and white era of cinema is said to be the golden age of cinema, and the actors of this time are the stars of the golden era. While the use of technology has changed the way films are produced, black and white films remain alluring to the modern audience.
Bangla film began its journey back in the 60s, and Sumita Devi was the first actor of this decade. Some of Sumita Devi’s most popular works include: Sonar Kajol, Kancher Deyal, Kokhono Asheni, Ora Egaro Jon and Sujon Sokhi to name a few.
After the birth of Bangla cinema, Shabnam emerged as a true heroine through her work in Harano Din. After this film, she went on to star in Harano Sur, Rajdhanir Buke, and Sanyasi Raja.
Another renowned actor of this era was Shabana. Her debut came in 1964 with the film Chakori. Some of her notable works during her prime include Modhumilon, Chhondo Hariye Gelo, Jhorer Pakhi and Shomadhan, among others.
Sujata is another renowned actor of this time, who has had a fair share of hits. She started her acting career with the film Dharapat, but she went to star as a lead actor for the first time in the film Rupban, which went on to become a very successful film of that time. Some of her other films include: Dak Babu, Madhubala, Momer Alo, Etotuku Asha.
Known for her girl-next-door charm, Kobori started her film career back in 1964 with the film Sutorang. Her charisma not only made her a popular figure in Bangla cinema in the 60s and 70s, but she remained an icon for generations to come. Some more films in which she starred include: Abirvab, Deep Nebhe Nai, Binimoy, Sujon Sokhi, Moynamoti, Nil Akasher Niche, Smritituku Thak.
Suchanda was popular in the 60s, she started her career with the film Kagojer Nouka, while Anwara rose to fame for her role in the film Bala.
Famous television actor of today, Sharmili Ahmed was also a well known actor of this era. She starred in the famous film Abirbhab.
Another icon, Babita, entered the world of cinema during the late 60s, and spent the entire decade of the 70s ruling the film industry with her amazing performances in multiple hit films. She was the first actor to star in a Satyajit Ray film. Some of her popular works include: Golapi Ekhon Traine, Taka Ana Pai, Badi Theke Begum, Lathiyal, Noyonmoni, Ononoto Prem, Ki Je Kori and Bandini.
Famous actors like Olivia, Anjana, Rozina and Sucharitra, illuminated the film industry with their performances.
In the 80s, Anju Ghosh, who began her journey into cinema in 1982, was a well known figure. Among many hit films, her most popular film was Beder Meye Josna. This is still one of the most successful films in the history of Bangla cinema.
Another renowned actor of the 80s was Kajri. She starred in the famous film Noyoner Alo alongside actor Zafar Iqbal and Subarna Mustafa.
Diti was also a popular actor of the 80s, along with Aruna Biswas, Champa, Zeenat and Doyel.
All these superstars paved the way for the future stars of Bangla cinema to shine.