Debashree Roy

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Debashree Roy
Born (1964-06-13) 13 June 1964 (age 50)
Kolkata, India
Occupation Actress

Debashree Roy (Bengali: দেবশ্রী রায়; born 13 June 1964) is an Indian actress, politician and social activist. She is known for her work in Bengali cinema. She acted in more than 100 films and has won 40 awards, including a National Film Award for Best Actress for the film Unishe April in 1995.[1] In some of her films as a child actress she used the screen name Kumari Chumki. She acted with the screen-name Chintamani in Tamil film industry.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Roy was born to Birendra Kishore Roy and Arati Roy of Kolkata, West Bengal and was brought up there. At the age of 5, she acted in the movie Pagol Thakur (1967), directed by Hirammoy Sen.[citation needed] In 1969, she appeared as a child artist in the movie Balak Gadadhar. In these films, she was credited by the name Kumari Chumki.[2]:Debashree_Roy Then, at the age of 9, she appeared in the movie Kuheli (inspired by Rebecca) directed by Tarun Majumdar.[1]

She was a student of Apeejay School, Park Street branch but did not continue with her studies for long, because of her knack for dancing and acting. She is a well-known Odissi dancer. She started her dancing career as a stage performer in her early years. She took her dancing lessons from her mother, her elder sister Purnima Roy, Bandana Sen and Kelucharan Mahapatra. She had her own dance group Nataraj.[1]


Roy was very successful in Bengali films landing important lead roles in commercial as well as parallel cinema. The high point of her career was her National Award winning role of a young doctor from a dysfunctional family in the Rituparno Ghosh film Unishe April. In the televised version of the Indian epic Mahabharata, directed by B.R.Chopra, she portrayed the role of Satyavati, second wife of the king Shantanu of Hastinapur, stepmother of Gangaputra Bheeshma, and mother of Chitrangada and Vichitravirya.

As a female lead she first appeared in the film Nadi Theke Sagare directed by Arabinda Mukhopdhay opposite Mithun Chakraborty.[citation needed] She also acted as lead opposite to Prem Nazir in the Malayalam Movie "Ee Ganam Marakkumo" (1978). Her other major films were Dadar Kirti by Tarun Majumdar, 36 Chowringhee Lane by Aparna Sen, Unishe April by Rituporno Ghosh, Kabhi Ajnabi The, Poolwari, Jiyo to Ayese Jio, Mamta Ki Chhao Mein, Justice Choudury etc. She won the National Award for the Best Actress in the year 1996 for Unishe April.


Debashree, currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly from All India Trinamool Congress, successfully contested the West Bengal assembly elections 2011 against CPI(M) candidate and former minister Kanti Ganguly, from the Raidighi.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Bengali actor Prasenjit Chatterjee for a brief period. She is the maternal aunt of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee.[3]




  1. ^ a b c "42nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. 1995. pp. 26–27. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Saran, Renu (2014). History of Indian Cinema. Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd. ISBN 9350836513. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "ক বার জানাল না রানি, ভোটেও অভিমানী দেবশ্রী". Kalerkontho. 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kalakar award winners". Kalakar website. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

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