Patol Babu, A Film Star

patol babu a film star

1 Who was Nishikanto Ghosh and what offer did he bring for Patol Babu?

Nishikanto Ghosh was Patol Babu’s neighbor. He came to Patol Babu’s house with with an offer. His youngest bother-in-law was in film department. He needed a person who could do the role of a fiftyish, short and bald headed character for a scene in a film.

2 How did Patol Babu react to the offer for a role in the film?

Patol Babu had not expected such a a good news at the start of the day. It was even beyond his wildest dream. Patol Babu saw no reason why he should say no, only he wanted to know more details about the role.

3 Describe Patol Babu’s old association with the stage and theatricals.

Once Patol Babu had a real passion for the stage. He always tool active part in Jatra. Patol Babu was always in demand. Indeed there was a time when people bought tickets especially to see him.

Why did Patol Babu come to Calcutta and why did he lose a job?

In 1934, he was offered higher pay in a clerical past with Hudson and Kimberley in Calcutta. He was lucky to get a flat. He also left in factory job and came to Calcutta with his wife in 1934, he was retrenched and lost his job due to the war.

5 What did Patol Babu try to earn a living and what was the result?

Patol Babu struggled to earn his living. When he lost his job, he opened a variety store but had to wind it up in five years. He remained as insurance agent for ten years. Recently he had been visiting his cousin who was working in scrap iron store. He could get no job.

6 Describe the role Patol Babu had to play for a scene.

Naresh Dutt told him that shooting would start next morning at Faraday House. He had to play the part of a pedestrian who was an absent minded and short tempered. The hero was going to his office in a hurry and he collided with that pedestrian.

7 How did Patol Babu break the news of his playing a role in a film to his wife and what was his reaction?

Patol Babu broke the news that he was playing a small role in a film. Not doubt, the role was small but it was only the first step on the ladder of success. His wife didn’t see much hope. She thought that he was counting his chicken again before they were hatched.

8 Describe the scene at Faradat House as Patol Babu saw it.

When Patol Babu walked to Faradat House he saw a big crowd outside the building. There were some non-Bengali in the crowd. There were some young men busy in carrying objects. There were two or three cars but no where was Naresh Dutt seen. He saw the Director, Barren Mullick who was busy in shooting. He saw the Director shouting ‘camera’, ‘action’, or ‘cut’ etc.

9 how did Patol Babu reconcile to the dialogue given to him?

Patol Babu was to utter a single word “Oh!”. Patol Babu felt that those people were pulling his leg. He had started sweating. The coat weight a ton to him. He thought of running away from the place. Meanwhile a faint memory of his mentor Prakashi stirred up his mind. In the end Patol Babu reconciled to the dialogue given to him.

10 Who was Chanchal Kumar? How was he related to the collision scene in the film?

Chanchal Kumar was the hero of the film in which Patol Babu was dong a scene as an actor. In that particular scene Chanchal Kumar was to walk towards the office. While doing so he collides with the absent minded, Patol Babu.

11 Who was to give Patol Babu his lines and how did he react after receiving it?

Naresh Dutt asked a young man, Sasanko to write down his lines on a piece of paper and give it Patol Babu. When Patol Babu saw the paper he was shocked to see a single syllable word “Oh”.

12 How did Sasanko try to console Patol Babu? How was a speaking part in a Barren Mullick thing meant a great thing? Was he happy by the explanation?

Sasanko realized that Patol Babu was displeased as he had to utter just “Oh”. He reminded Patol Babu that a regular speaking part in a Barren Mullick film means a great achievement.

13 Why did Patol Babu feel that things were much better on the stage?

Patol Babu felt that these people were making him a laughing stock. He was fully disgusted by the dialogue. He i not think to waste his Sunday morning between these useless people. So he realized that things were much better on the stage where he played lead roles.

14 How did memory of his mentor and guru Pakrashi stir up in Patol Babu’s mind? How did his advice affect him?

The memory of his motor deeply stirred up Patol Babu. He remembered his words. However small a part an actor is offered, he should never consider below his dignity to accept it. Dialogue is like a fruit which is accessible to all the audience where as being an actor it is the prime duty get the essence of the dialogue and present it before the audience for the edification.

15 Why did Patol Babu feel that a single word contained a gold-mine of meaning?

After recalling the words of his mentor Patol started giving exclamation to the word “oh”. He came out with many expressions of “oh”. When uttered with pain and happiness it meant different. “oh” high, “oh” low, so on so forth. He had never realized that a single syllable could have so many meanings.

16 Why did the audience start gossiping when they looked at Patol Babu?

Barren Mullick asked his make-up man to give the pedestrian a butterfly mustache. It would make the scene more interesting. Patol Babu had a quick glance in a mirror, the mustache suited him very well. When people saw him in a new look they started gossiping.

17 Why did Patol Babu go away without receiving his payment?

Patol Babu was highly satisfied by the work he had performed. It was true that he needed money drastically. But was the value of Rs. 20 when measured against his satisfaction. So he came home without receiving his payment.

18 Why did Naresh Dutt call Patol Babu a strange fellow?

After the shot was taken ten minutes later Naresh Dut went looking for Patol Babu. He came to the paan shop where he was standing before. But he was not there. Naresh Dutt was surprised not to see him anywhere so he called him a strange fellow.

19 What message or lesson does the story “Patol Babu, a Film Star” leave the reader?

Satyajit Ray leaves a definite message for the readers. Even a very small job if done with perfection can bring a huge satisfaction. The another message is that money is useless when measured against the satisfaction of any person.