Birthday: 13-01-1926
Date of death: 09-04-2009
Star sign: Aquarius

Shakti Samanta, an eminent Indian film director, was born on January 13th, 1926 in Burdwan, West Bengal. He founded the most famous “Shakti Films” in 1957. He directed 37 films and was the producer for two. Shaki Samanta is one of those directors who have directed films from the time of black and white movies to coloured ones. He was not only famous for producing some outstanding films but also because of the songs in it. No wonder this famous director is the name associated with the famous versatile actor, Rajesh Khanna, who created history during that time. Personal Life: Shakti Samanta had two sons and two grandsons Ashim Samanta is one of them. Career: Shakti Samanta did his schooling from Dehradun and graduation from Calcutta University. Shakti wanted to be an actor and because of that after he completed his graduation he went to Mumbai and became a teacher in Dapoli, near Mumbai, so that he could stay in touch with Hindi film Industry. He started his career as an assistant director in the year 1948 in the movie ‘Sunhere din’. Later he continued with that and worked with other directors for the experience.

Eventually, he directed his first film ‘Bahu’, which released in1955 and the leads Karan Dewan and Usha Kiron. Ashok Kumar is the name which made Shakti direct his film and eventually made him start his career as a director. Shakti also introduced Sharmila Tagore to acting. Sharmila was later seen with Rajesh Khanna in the movie, ` Kashmir Ki Kali`. Their pair was a super hit duo in the industry. He also teamed up with the heartthrob of 1960`s, Shammi Kapoor and worked together in films like `An Evening in Paris` and `Chinatown`. Samanta, who made fewer films after 1980 worked as a director one last time in 2002 in the Bengali feature ‘ Devdas’. Awards: Shakti Samanta received various awards for his talent and marvellous work. His award his includes Lifetime achievement award and also “Best film” at Filmfare Awards for Aradhana, Anuraag, and Amanush. He also received ‘Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement’. Apart from the awards, Samanta was the President of the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) of India for five years, Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for seven years and was Chairman of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata for two years.