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Bela – Profile & Filmography


Real Name – Bela Pramanik

Profession – Actress

Active Years – 1950s

Nationality – Indian

Religion – Hindu


Date of Birth

Date of Death

Debut Film

Last Film

Significant others in the Film Industry


Her first film role, in Kidar Sharma’s “Shokhiyan,” was left on the cutting room-room floor, but twenty-one-ear-old Bela Pramanik has a quality which is indispensable to one aspiring to be a film star: Courage.

Bela, at first terribly disappointed, went back to her native Nagpur “to survey the situation.” Then with fresh hope and determination, she returned here and tried to find another role. But she failed to do so, and took a job as stenographer in a newspaper office. It was then that she secured a small role in “Hukumat” and “Bazooband”.

Aware of the temporary nature of this new-found success, she continued working as a stenographer and fulfilled her film assignments at night “shooting”.

Dreamy-eyed pleasant faced Bela believes she has found her vocation in film work, and with more roles given to her (in “Sheshavtar,” “Vaikunth” and “Sultana Daku”) she is determined to make good in the film industry. Bela, who gave up a luxurious life ion Nagpur to try her luck in films, will not now go back to office routine which she finds drab and unexciting.

Bela is quite a linguist. She knows Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, English, Gujarati and Marathi., and loves to read the works of Tagore and Sarat Chandra. She used to be a permanent artist at All-India Radio, in Nagpur, and took part in the dramas broadcast over the air. (This interview was conducted in January 1955, contributed by Sudarshan Talwar).


Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names

Bazooband1954IndiaVariety ProductionRamanand Sagar
Hakumat1954IndiaCine Art PicturesRaja Yagnik
Lakeeren1954IndiaSushil PicturesHarbans Singh
Sultana Daku1956IndiaR. D. FilmsMohan Sinha
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