The land at Topchachi Lake where Tollywood superstar Uttam Kumar had once decided to build a film city of his dream will now see a poultry farm house on it.
According to official sources, the land was sold early this year. Dhanbad district board deputy chairman Santosh Mahto, who bought it, has begun construction of a poultry farm there.
According to the friends of the legendary Bangla actor, Kumar was so impressed by the picturesque sight of Topchachi Lake located behind Parasnath hills that he along with his two film partners-cum-colliery owners AK Ghosh and Badrinath Roy purchased 15 acres of the land in 1968 to set up a film city there.
Kumar always insisted on including Topchachi Lake scene in every other film of his especially after the success of Agni Pariskha in 1954.
“Actually, Uttam Da considered Topchachi Lake lucky for his film career because after a string of failures, Agni Pariskha, which had a shot of the lake, suddenly became a hit and changed his film career,” said Gayatri Ghosh, wife of late AK Ghosh.
It was after the success of Nutun Thitha in 1964 that Kumar and his two film partners decided to build a film city near the Topchachi Lake.
Kumar’s friend Ghosh even purchased a movie camera from abroad for the film city. But unfortunately, the camera got stolen during the shooting of Kumar’s film Agniswar at Topchachi lake site in 1974. Thereafter, Kumar cancelled the shooting of the film as his fans had invaded the site to catch a glimpse of him.
The nationalisation of collieries in 1972 gave a major jolt to Kumar’s dream of a film city as both his colliery friends were reportedly the main financers of the project.
However in 1980, the three of them again initiated steps to build the film city but before that could take shape, the sudden death of Uttam Kumar poured cold water on the project.
Gradually, owing to rise of Maoists-related incidents in Topchachi region after 1980, film-makers from Tollywood stopped visiting the place.
In 2013, the daughter-in-law of Uttam Kumar laid the foundation stone of a corporate hospital on the land in the name of her mother-in-law Gauri Devi.
However, due to reasons unknown, the hospital project was later shifted to Durgapur (Bengal).