Uttam Mohanty was born at Balrampur in Bihar.He was also passionate about sports like badminton and table tennis. The eighties was the best time of his career. Many Ollywood films of the 1980s had Uttam Mohanty in it, and he dominated the Oriya film industry. He excelled in all kinds of roles: romantic, village lad, character. Abhiman, Danda Balunga, Bhakta Salabega are even remembered today for his stupendous acting. He also worked in around 30 Bengali films and one Hindi film - Naya Jahar, opposite Satabdi Ray.