As French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941) said, “You may laugh at a hat, but what you are making fun of, in this case, is not the piece of felt or straw, but the shape that men have given it, – the human caprice whose mold it has assumed.”
Chetana Das and her comic acting skills are synonymous in Assamese cinema, according to fans. But one of the most remarkable performances was her recreation of various styles of human laughter.
Shillong is where Chetana Das was born. She received her diploma from Darrang College in Tezpur, Assam. Her first drama was Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s Sunit Konwori, for which she received the Tezpur Multipurpose Girls School award for best actress.
Bimaladanda Das, her husband, died in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chetana Das’ Journey in Film industry:
Chetana Das is the first actress to appear in Ruma Ghosh’s Hindi serial “Kamrup Ki Kahani.” This show aired on DD National in the 1990s. Kamrup Ki Kahani is the story of a young Brahmin widow who is torn between social traditions and liberalism. It is based on Indira Goswami’s “The Moth Eaten Howdah Of The Tusker.”
She plays Guimenni, a crucial character in Dr Santwana Bordoloi’s 1997 film Adayja (The Flight), who is both an observer and a caretaker of the Gossaini, Durga, Soru Gossaini, and Giribala, all of whom are widows oppressed by the Sattra.
Starting to learn from the theatre experience of Baan theatre (Tezpur), some of her plays, such as Bayanar Khul, which were performed in various parts of Assam, had very serious elements.
She receives the Moonlight Media special jury award for her outstanding performance in “Hiya Diya Niya.” She received the Dr. Ambedkar award for her outstanding contribution to Assamese culture. She was also chosen for the 2017 Aidew Handique Award for her outstanding performance.
Chetana Das, a legendary Indian actress, ruled the film industry between 1970 and 1980. Chetana Das’ debut film, “Titash Ekti Nadir Naam,” was released in 1973. Titash Ekti Nadir Naam, Hiya Diya Niya, Agnisnaan, and Doordarshan Eti Jantra are a few of her notable films.
Ritwik Ghatak directed the Bengali film Titash Ekti Nadir Naam. The film was based on Adwaita Mallabarman’s novel of the same name. It looks at the lives of fishermen along the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.
Laughter is the best medicine, laugh and live life. That’s what veteran actress from #Assam Chetana Das is conveying at the Noida Xarodiyo Axomiya Durgotsav 2022#DurgaPuja #Noida #XarodiyoDurgotsav #Laughter pic.twitter.com/RXxaI73pSN
— Zafri (@zafrimn) October 2, 2022
According to film critics, Chetana’s body language, way of course of speaking, and expressions are captivating for comedy. This is also supported by the immediate reactions of those who attend her stage performances.
Bhabendra Nath directed the drama film Agnisnaan in 1985. It is based on the novel Antareep, and the plot revolves around a wealthy businessman who decides to have a second marriage, and how this decision affects his first wife and son. This film received critical acclaim all over the world, and it was also chosen for the ‘Indian Panorama,’ the Dhaka Film Festival in Bangladesh, and the Pyongyang Film Festival in North Korea.
Rajesh Bhutan directed the 2016 Assamese language period drama film Doordarshan Eti Jantra. Sanjiv Narain produced it under the banner of AM Television. It is an adaptation of the play “Ekhon Gaonot Eta TV Asil.”
It was released in Assam on September 2, 2016. Many renowned actors from the Assamese film industry, including Jatin Bora and Utpal Das, played lead roles. It won the Prag Cine Award for Best Popular Film in 2017.