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Bhaskar Bannerjee aka 'Babumoshai' in Anand

In 1971, the Hrishikesh Mukherjee film centred around Anand played by Rajesh Khanna, the doctor essayed by Amitabh Bachchan was secondary, but inevitable. The lanky and frail actor, who would grow into a megastar in the years to come, had enough talent to do justice to the role assigned to him. 'Anand' would be incomplete without Anand's 'Babumoshai'.

10 unforgettable Bengali characters in Hindi cinema

Often accused for its extreme love for North Indian profiling of central characters, Bollywood has an evident fixation for Bengali characters also. Its timeline covering the 60s and 70s hosts a rich profusion of films that were either adaptations from Bengali literature, or remakes of masterpieces originally made in Tollygunge, resulting to a plenitude of Babumoshai-esq caricatures.

After a somewhat dry phase, Bengali characters have started frequenting the silver screen again, and taking over other means of storytelling also. The latest entry is of Jacqueline Fernandez who pranced on Badshah’s Genda Phool in the archetypal white saree with red border and whipped up a good 130 million view in about 10 days.

Here are some other loved Bengalis of the cine world.