Churni Ganguly

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Churni Ganguly
Churni Waarish.JPG
Churni Ganguly in the movie Waarish (2004)
Born Churni Banerjee
Kurseong, India
Residence Garia, Kolkata
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004-present
Spouse(s) Kaushik Ganguly
Children Ujaan Ganguly (son)
Relatives Sunil Ganguly (father in law)

Churni Ganguly (Bengali: চূর্ণী গাঙ্গুলী or Churni Gangopadhyay, born as Churni Banerjee or Churni Bandopadhyay is a Bengali film and Television actress.

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.

Ganguly received Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards in 2005 in best actress category for the movie Waarish in which she played a single-mother's role.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] Churni is married to Bengali film director Kaushik Ganguly and has a son – Ujaan Ganguly.[4][5]

Career in Mumbai[edit]

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.[6] Later she decided to come back to Kolkata.[7]

Career in Bengali film industry[edit]

After moving to Kolkata, Churni decided to join Bengali film industry.[7]

2004—2005[edit]

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.[8]

In 2005, Ganguly acted in the film Shunyo E Buke directed by Kaushik Ganguly. In this film she portrayed a flat-chested woman's role[9] and the film attempted to explore male sexual fantasy.[10]

2007—2010[edit]

In 2007, Ganguly acted in Jara Bristite Bhijechhilo, directed by Anjan Das.[11] The film revolved around lesbian relationships.[12]

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".[13]

In 2009, Ganguly acted in Sakaler Rang directed by Suvamoy Chattopadhyay. The budget of the film was INR900000 (US$15,000).[14]

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.[15]

2011—present[edit]

My character Kamalini has a lot of attitude and is always in charge. I am more laid-back. Our spouses are freelancers, that’s one similarity... so we’ve both had to work on certain projects just to run the show. We’re both disarmingly truthful. And we’re both vulnerable… but then, who isn’t?

Churni Ganguly
on her character Kamalini of Rang Milanti[16]

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.[10] 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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

Ganguly signed Kaushik Ganguly's C/O Sir for the role of Mrs Chatterjee. Later, as she was having problem with dates, she was replaced by another actress Sudipta Chakraborty.[20]

She also acted in Bakita Byaktigato, directed by Pradipta Bhattacharya. The film is set to release sometime in 2013.[21]

Bengali television career[edit]

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.[22] 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.[4] The telefilm Promotion dealt with single parenthood and it was shot in Darjeeling.[4]

List of works[edit]

Films[edit]

     Pink indicates "unreleased films"

Year Film Director Role/Character Co actors
2004 Waarish Kaushik Ganguly Medha Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Debasree Roy
2005 Shunyo E Buke Kaushik Ganguly Artist's wife Kaushik Sen, Kharaj Mukherjee
2007 Jara Bristite Bhijechhilo Anjan Das Indrani Halder, Sudip Mukherjee
2008 Chalo Let's Go Anjan Dutt Miss Gombhir Rudraneel Ghosh, Saswata Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee
2009 Sakaler Rang Suvamoy Chattopadhyay Bhabi Taranga Sarkar, Chhabi Talukdar, Paulomi De, Monu Mukhopadhyay
2010 Arekti Premer Golpo Kaushik Ganguly Rani / Gopa Rituparno Ghosh, Indraneil Sengupta, Raima Sen
2011 Rang Milanti Kaushik Ganguly Kamalika's elder sister Saswata Chatterjee, Ridhima Ghosh
Michael Ribhu Dasgupta Naseeruddin Shah, Mahie Gill, Purav Bhandare
2012 Laptop Kaushik Ganguly Mrs. Durba Mukherjee Rahul Bose, Saswata Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Gaurav Chakrabarty
2013 Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan[23] Prem Modi Nilam, Sita’s governess Dipankar De, Om (actor)
Shabdo[24] Kaushik Ganguly Raima Sen, Victor Banerjee, Ritwick Chakraborty
Bakita Byaktigato Pradipta Bhattacharya Ritwick Chakraborty, Aparajita Ghosh Das, Madhabi Mukherjee

Telefilms[edit]

  • Roop directed by Ashok Vishwanathan.[7]
  • Ushno-tar Jonyo (2010)[25]
  • A...tithi[26]
  • Bhalobashar Kotha (directed by Anjan Dutt)
  • Chhoti Si Asha[27]
  • Bandhobi: (2010) The telefim was about two college friends (roles played by Churni Ganguly and Chandreyi Ghosh).[28]
  • Ambor Sen Antardhan Rahasya (1999) as Churni Chatterjee .
  • Promotion: This telefilm was entirely shot in Darjeeling and dealt with single parenthood.[4]
  • Shesh Kriya (1984)[29]

TV serials[edit]

  • Raahat for Zee TV.
  • Umeed for Zee TV.[16]
  • Bhalobasa.com (Star Jalsha)[22]
  • Chhoti si Asha.[7]
  • Bandhan (Star Jalsha)
  • Hridayer chorabali (Zee Bangla)
  • Debi (Zee Bangla)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Change the mindset". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 4 July 2009. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "14 fellow travellers". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 31 May 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sakaler Rang details". Gomolo. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Churni, Mir in Michael". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 24 August 2010. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Arjun, Kalimponge Sitahoron". The Times of India. 9 May 2013. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dubai Review: Kaushik Ganguly’s "Shobdo" (Sound)". Dear Cinema. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
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  29. ^ "Interview | Angana Basu". WBRi. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  30. ^ "List of Kalakar award winners". Kalakar awards. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 

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