Shakti samanta is one of the most famous directors of the 1960s and 1970s. He is a pioneer in shaping bollywood as it looks today. Born in burdwan in 1926, the director made films in bengali as well as hindi. He is known to have established rajesh khanna as the reigning superstar of the 70s and made some memorable cineme.
Here are some of his most remembered works:
Howrah bridge 1958
A murder mystery which featured the suave ashok kumar and the beautiful madhubala, this movie is iconic for a lot of reasons. The songs 'mera naam chin chin chu' and 'aiye meherbaan' are still loved.
Kashmir ki kali 1964
The dashing shammi kapoor starred in this romantic movie which marked the debut of sharmila tagore. The movie with many twists was a hit and all the songs composed by op nayyar were superhits of the time. The film was remade in telugu as 'shrungara ramudu'.
An evening in paris 1967
Another shammi kapoor and sharmila tagore starrer this romantic thriller was huge hit in the year of its release. The music, the performances as well as the locales were highly appreciated. Sharmila tagore created a sensation by appearing in a bikini in the film and was featured as one of the top 10 hottest actresses of bollywood.
It is a remake of the 1946 hollywood film 'to each his own'. Rajesh khanna became an overnight superstar because of this movie. Every song from this movie was a superhit, and "roop tera mastana" is still considered to be one of the most romantic hindi songs ever made. Sharmila won a filmfare award for her role in the film.
Kati patang 1970
Rajesh khanna and asha parekh came together for this film which turned out to be another superhit. It was nominated for filmfare awards in six categories. Asha parekh won the filmfare best actress award.
Amar prem 1971
Rajesh khanna and sharmila tagore came together once more for this unforgettable love story based on a bengali short story nishi padma. This movie marked a hat-trick for samanta and khanna. Rd burman's music and anand bakshi's poignant lyrics are still remembered in glowing terms.
Starring uttam kumar and sharmila tagore, this movie was made both in hindi and bengali. The bengali version was a huge hit, but the hindi one did not make that great an impact. The movie was typically a shakti samanta feature, with romance drama and twists in the screenplay.