aka Shyammomoy Bandyopadhyay
Bhanu Banerjee (Bhanu Bandyopadhyay) was born on August 27, 1920, in Dhaka, now in Bangladesh. His parents, both originally from Dhaka, Bikrampur, were professionals and well-known in the academic field in those days. His father was Jitendranath Bandyopadhyay, tutored Rabindranath Tagore's nephew in Thakurbari in early 1900s. Later, he moved back to Dhaka and was employed by the Nawab of Dhaka. His mother, Suniti Bandyopadhyay (a cousin of Sarojini Naidu), was one of the early graduates from Brahmo Girl's School in Kolkata. She later occupied a prestigious postition on the Women's Education Board in Dhaka. She had an influential position in Dhaka academic and political circles at the time.
In 1941, he became deeply involved in the underground political movement in Dhaka and had to move to Kolkata to avoid getting arrested by the then British Government. He took up abode at Charu Avenue, Tollygunge where his family still lives today.
While doing a day job at the Iron and Steel Co. he started doing stand-up comedy routines at local and office-club functions. By 1956, his exploding movie and theater career compelled him to resign. His first comedy record was published in 1945. His early successful movies included Barjatri in 1951 and Basu Paribar and Pasher Bari in 1952. Sare Chuattor was a big box office hit in 1953. All in all, he has 250+ movies to his credit, with two of them named after him. In 1953, he joined Professional Theater (Star Theater Company), where he did 6 shows a week, including double shows on weekends. From 1970 to 1978, he did very few films as he became deeply involved in "jatras" which involved intense travel and being on the road for days on end. He came back to theater in 1979 and continued through the last days of his life.