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Debashree Roy (Bengali: দেবশ্রী রায় Debosri Rae) is a Bengali cinema actress. She acted in more than 100 films and has 40 awards, including a National Film Award for Best Actress for the film Unishe April in 1995. She acted with the screenname 'Chintamani' in Tamil film industry, where she acted in a few Tamil movies.
Roy was born to Birendra Kishore Roy and Arati Roy of Kolkata, West Bengal and was brought up there. At the age of 5 years, she acted in a movie named "Pagol Thakur" (1967), which was directed by Harimoy Sen. In 1969, she appeared as a child artist in the movie "Balok Gadhadhar". As a child artist, at the age of 9 years, she appeared in the movie "Kuheli" (inspired by Rebecca) directed by Tarun Majumdar.
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.
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. Her 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 Trinamool Congress MLA, successfully contested the West Bengal assembly elections 2011 against heavyweight CPI(M) candidate and former minister Kanti Ganguly, from the Raidighi.
She was married to Bengali actor Prasenjit Chatterjee (son of Biswajit, Bengali and Hindi film hero of the 80s & 90s) for a brief period. Debashree Roy is the maternal aunt of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee.
- Antore Bahire (2012)
- Life in Park Street (2012)
- Jibon Rang Berang (2011)
- Sukhno Lonka (2010)
- Abaidha (2002) aka The Demolition Man (International: English title)
- Antarghaat (2002) (as Debasree Roy)
- Dekha (2001) .... Sarama
- Ek Je Aachhe Kanya (2000) .... Rupa The Girl (International: English title)
- Asukh (1999) .... Rohini aka Malaise (International: English title)
- Unishe April (1994) .... Aditi aka 19 April (India: English title)
- Aparanher Alo (1989)... aka Twilight
- Mahabharat TV Series ... Satyavati.
- Manaivi Ready (1986) ...Chinthamani (Tamil Movie)
- Kabhi Ajnabi The (1985)
- Phulwari (1984) .... Lali Chowdhury
- Bishabriksha (1983) .... Kunda
- 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) .... Nandita Roy
- Jiyo To Aise Jiyo (1981) .... Vidya Sharma
- Dadar Kirti (1980)