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Jahar Roy:

Jahar Roy

Jahar Roy (Bengali - জহর রায়, born - September 19, 1919 – August 11, 1977) was an Indian actor and comedian in Bengali cinema. He was known for his comedy films with Bhanu Bandyopadhyay.

Roy earned a substantial fan following even though he was a character actor. And all thanks to his roly-poly build, he was a frequent choice of directors who wanted to add comedy to serious movies. Roy's first major film roles were in Purbarag directed by Ardhendu Mukherjee, and in Anjangarh (1948) directed by Bimal Roy. Among his countless performances are Dhonny Meye, Chadmabeshi and Bhanu Goenda Jahor Assistant. He acted in a couple of films under the direction of Satyajit Ray. Although a small role, Roy portrayed the male servant of Tulsi Chakrabarti in Parash Pathar. There was a meatier role in Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne where he played the role of a crooked war-mongering minister of an innocent and peace-loving king. He also performed the song Cho Cho Kya Sharam Ki Baat in Chhadmabeshi. At the end of his career, when he was ailing, he did a cameo in Ritwik Ghatak's autobiographical film Jukti Takko Aar Gappo.

Selected Filmography:

1947 - Purbarag
1948 - Anjangarh
1953 - Sharey Chuattar
1955 - Upahar
1955 - Dashyumohan
1957 - Ulka
1958 - Parash Pathar
1958 - Rajlakshmi O Srikanta
1958 - Bari Theke Paliye
1962 - Atal Jaler Ahwan
1963 - Palatak
1965 - Subarnarekha
1965 - Abhaya O Srikanta
1966 - Kal Tumi Aleya
1967 - Nayika Sangbad
1969 - Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
1970 - Nishipadma Natabar
1971 - Bhanu Goenda Jahor Assistant
1971 - Dhonny Meye
1971 - Chhadmabeshi
1972 - Morjina Abdulla
1974 - Jukti Takko Aar Gappo
1977 - Jamalaye Jibanta Manush