The famous ambassador car used by film star Uttam Kumar of a bygone era lies in abandon. The car which was part of Kumar’s life and one in which the matinee idol drove in everyday has a unique registration number WMC8787. This white ambassador has been seen lying outside a four storey building at Girish Mukherjee Road in Bhowanipore for the past two decades.
Bengal Government is keen to rescue the car which played a major role in the actor’s life. The current state of neglect however could very well be a reflection of the current generations disregard to famous movie stars of yesteryears.
The car which was used by the actor and later by his wife and son after his death has been lying out in the open and not in the garage so that it does not attract moisture. Now the Bengal Government plans on restoring the vehicle and neighbors and fans feel that it should be kept in a museum which is being planned by the Government in memory of their hero.
Supriya Devi had this to say about Kumar’s favorite drive. “Where is the car these days”Uttam used it almost every day. I accompanied him many times in the car.” “The car was used by Uttam’s son Gautam after his death. Uttam’s wife, Gauri Devi, too, would often ride the car. I wonder what his family wants to do with it now.” Gaurab Chatterjee, Uttam’s grandson had this to say. “We don’t use the car anymore. It can’t even be repaired. So we keep it out of garage so that it doesn’t catch moisture.”