Churni Ganguly in the movie Waarish (2004)
|Children||Ujaan Ganguly (son)|
|Relatives||Sunil Ganguly (father in law)|
After spending her childhood in Kurseong she came to Kolkata and got admitted at the Jadavpur University. While studying at Jadavpur University, she joined a theatre group as an actress. Then she moved to Mumbai and acted in a few television serials. Later she came back to Kolkata and started acting in Bengali films.
Churni Ganguly (born Churni Banerjee) spent her childhood in Kurseong. Her parents were school teachers. She was a student of Dow Hills boarding school. In spite of being a boarding school, Churni and few other girls were allowed to stay at their homes with their parents. Churni's father, whom Churni described as "extremely caring but a rather serious person" encouraged Churni to do well in sports and studies, especially sport. But, Churni did not feel urge to concentrate on sports. Churni was a good student at school but she never thought that she had to secure rankings in examinations.
Churni was a student of Jadavpur University. While at university, in 1987, she started a theatre troupe with Suman Mukhopadhyay and her future husband Kaushik Ganguly. Churni is married to Bengali film director Kaushik Ganguly and has a son – Ujaan Ganguly.
Career in Mumbai
Firstly she tried her luck in Hindi film and television industry. She shifted to Mumbai and acted in Zee TV’s first daily soap, Raahat and stayed there for the next two years. In these days, when she was in her twenties, she acted in Choti si Asha in which she played a 35-year-old mother's character who matured to about 60. Later she decided to come back to Kolkata.
Career in Bengali film industry
In 2004 Ganguly made her debut in Bengali cinema with the film Waarish. The film was directed by Kaushik Ganguly. In the film she played the role of a single mother— Medha. Medha was an ex-flame of Subhankar who became pregnant after rendezvous with him. Though Medha was not married with Subhankar, she denied abortion and gave birth to a son, Megh. Many years later when she learns that she is suffering from cancer, she goes to Subhankar (who was married to another woman at that time) and asks to take responsibility of Megh. Though the acting of Ganguly in this film was widely appreciated, it did not get commercial success.
In 2008, Ganguly acted in Anjan Dutt's Chalo Let's Go. This was Ganguly's first feature film in which she acted under the direction of someone else other than Kaushik Ganguly. The film was a travelogue and narrated a story of a journey with nine passengers. Ganguly played the character of Miss Ganguly, a sophisticated writer. But in the film, her fellow passengers used to call her "Miss Gombhir".
In the 2010 film Arekti Premer Golpo, Ganguly played the character of Rani/Gopa. In this film Rituparno Ghosh and Indraneil Sengupta acted in lead roles and the film revolved around a homosexual relationship.
In 2011, Ganguly acted in Rang Milanti, another film directed by Kaushik Ganguly. In this film, she played the role of Kamalini, a successful Television actor. In the same year Ganguly acted in Ribhu Dasgupta's directorial debut film Michael. In this film Ganguly played the role of Ria, Naserudding Shah's wife. Michael was produced by Anurag Kashyap.
In 2012 Ganguly acted in two Bengali movies— Laptop, directed by Kaushik Ganguly and Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan, directed by Prem Modi. The film Laptop told some stories related of some different people connected by one single laptop. On the other hand Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan was a detective film based on Samaresh Majumdar's literary character Arjun.
The 2013 film Shabdo directed by Kaushik Ganguly was widely appreciated by critics. The story of the film revolved around Tarak, a foley artist of Bengali film industry. In this film Ganguly played a psychriatist's role.
Bengali television career
Other than working in few Hindi serials like Raahat, Umeed etc, Ganguly has worked in Bengali television serials too like Bhalobasa.com which was directed by Monish Ghosh and produced by Snehasish Chakraborty, Hridayer chorabali etc. She has acted in Bengali telefims too. The telefilm Bandhobi was about two college friends (girls) who meet after a long time and remember those days when both of them fell in love with same man. Bandhobi was directed by Kaushik Ganguly and Chandrayee Ghosh played Ganguly's friend's role. The telefilm Promotion dealt with single parenthood and it was shot in Darjeeling.
List of works
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- Roop directed by Ashok Vishwanathan.
- Ushno-tar Jonyo (2010)
- Bhalobashar Kotha (directed by Anjan Dutt)
- Chhoti Si Asha
- Bandhobi: (2010) The telefim was about two college friends (roles played by Churni Ganguly and Chandreyi Ghosh).
- Ambor Sen Antardhan Rahasya (1999) as Churni Chatterjee .
- Promotion: This telefilm was entirely shot in Darjeeling and dealt with single parenthood.
- Shesh Kriya (1984)
- Raahat for Zee TV.
- Umeed for Zee TV.
- Bhalobasa.com (Star Jalsha)
- Chhoti si Asha.
- Bandhan (Star Jalsha)
- Hridayer chorabali (Zee Bangla)
- Debi (Zee Bangla)
- 2005 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards in best actress category for the film Waarish
- Onida Pinnacle Award for Best Actress at the national level
- Kalakar Awards.
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