No. This UK does not mean anything you know about. Not United Kingdom…. United insanity, you could say… restricted to a tiny section of the world’s population.
You missed it! I must say to the rest of the world.
Now let me introduce to you ignorant people the UK phenomenon… the phenomenon called UTTAM KUMAR! Today is his 31st death anniversary. If he had been alive, he would have been 85 years old. However, this 85-year-old grandfather has bequeathed a legacy for over two decades in the Bengali Film Industry of an image of a man, a hero, a larger-than-life portrayal of a lover, that a woman can only romanticize in her dreams.
He couldn’t be called handsome in traditional standards really… With rather plump facial structures — too fair for my liking — he did not have much of a pronouncing appeal that I can say out aloud. Yet, this phenomenon ruled the hearts of women and men alike for decades when he was alive, and now 31 years even after his death. What is the magic then? Let’s analyze the magic.
The sex-appeal of this grandfather of heroes laid in his gait… how he slithered into the frame like a king and broke blockbuster records. His jaws: the way he subtly released his left jaw for a tiny lopsided pout with a hint of a smirk when he teased his woman, or with a hint of sadness when his lady love is with some other man. His eyes: the soulful looks in his eyes, after his lady love stormed out of the room…. so poignant that millions of other women would love to hug him at that moment just to be his second, third, fourth, zillionth lady love.
His sex-appeal lay in his restrain: his determined self-control to turn down his love for other sacrificing pursuits. When he looked at his woman, you could feel he was looking at you, you could feel that look screaming out from the screens, paralyzing your entire body into submission, making frenzied love to you with his eyes. Oh how you wished you had one hypnotic moment like that in your real lifetime!
I have had the opportunity and inclination to explore cinemas of the world. I have felt romanticism in eyes of Gregory Peck, Tom Cruise, Clark Gable and a few others in Hollywood. (None in Bollywood, I’m afraid). I did feel close to them when our eyes met (in movies, unfortunately). But I never felt the kind of endearment I felt for Uttam Kumar and I’m sure every single woman around me, who experienced this magic, felt the same way.
It’s an RDX-deadly mixture of love, romance, adoration, endearment and sexual attraction. WOW! After experiencing the Uttam Kumar marvel, one can never find real happiness in any man, since every man falls short of this expectation.
Thus, I refrain from going into this UK world every now and then, since I keep thinking a human form like this actually exists and I might just bump into him at the next corner of the road. Nah! No such luck. There is just one Uttam Kumar. Confined into the hearts of evergreen Bengal — unique, sui generic, irreplaceable.