Goutam Ghose

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Goutam Ghose
Born (1950-07-24) 24 July 1950 (age 64)
Kolkata, India
Occupation Film director, Actor, Producer, Music Director, Cinematographer
Years active 1974 - present
Spouse(s) Neelanjana Ghose (1978 - present)

Anandi Ghose

Ishaan Ghose

Goutam Ghose (also credited as Gautam Ghosh, Bengali: গৌতম ঘোষ) (born 24 July 1950) is one of the most acclaimed film directors, music director, and cinematographer of modern India, who works primarily in Bengali cinema.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Goutam Ghose was born on 24 July 1950 in Calcutta, India to Santana and Prof. Himangshu Kumar Ghose. His kindergarten days began at the St John’s Diocesan School (now an all-girls school). He studied there till class 4 and then moved to the neighboring Cathedral Missionary Boys' School. He graduated from the University of Calcutta.[3]


He started making documentaries in 1973. Took active part in group theatre movement in Calcutta. Also dedicated some time as a Photo Journalist. Made his first documentary– New Earth in 1973 followed by Hungry Autumn which won him the main award at the Oberhausen Film Festival. Has since made ten feature films including Maa Bhoomi, Dakhal, Paar, Antarjali Yatra, Padma Nadir Majhi, Patang (1993), Dekha, Abar Aranye, Gudia, Kaalbela & Moner Manush. Has made a number of prominent documentaries including Meeting A Milestone (on Ustad Bismillah Khan), Beyond the Himalayas, Land of Sand Dunes, Ray (On Satyajit Ray), Impermanence (On HH Dalai Lama) Made numerous AD films, corporate and other Short Films. Has won 16 National Awards (excld 2008) besides Filmfare Awards and many International awards like Silver Balloon Award, Nantes Film Festival, UNESCO Award, Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prix - Golden Semurg at Tashkent,[4] UNESCO Award at Venice, Fipresci Awards, Red Cross Award at Verna Film Festival. Also the only Indian to win the coveted Vittorio Di Sica Award. Was awarded the Knighthood of the Star of the Italian Solidarity in July 2006.

Notable films[edit]

Awards and participation[edit]

Hungry Autumn (A documentary) :

Land of Sand Dunes(A documentary):

  • National Award, Best Documentary film (1986)

Meeting a Milestone(A documentary):

  • Special screening at Cannes (out of competition)

Maa Bhoomi:


  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film (1982)
  • Silver Medal at Figuera De Foz, Portugal (1982)
  • Ecumenical Jury Prize for Human Rights Festival at Strasbourg, France(1982).
  • Also participated in London, Sydney, Locarno & Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival (1982)


  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi(1985).
  • UNESCO Award at Venice Film Festival (1985)
  • FIPRESCI Award, Red Cross Award at Verna Film Festival (1987).
  • Filmare award for Best Director & Best Screenplay
  • Participated in Montreal, Hawaii, Amsterdam, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

Antarjali Jatra:

  • National Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali(1987)
  • Un-Certain Regards, Cannes (1988)
  • Grand Prix - Golden Semurg at Tashkent (1988)
  • Participated at Cannes, London, Gothenburg, Munich, Los Angeles, Montreal.

Padma Nadir Majhi:

  • National Award for Best Director & Second Best Feature Film (1992).
  • UNESCO Award, Cannes Film Festival (1993).
  • Participated in London, Montreal, Vancouver, Portugal, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Nantes, & at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes Film Festival.


  • National Award for Best Hindi Feature Film (1993)
  • Participated at Taormina, Nantes & Singapore.

Beyond the Himalayas((A documentary):

  • Filmfare Award for Best Documentary


  • National Award for Best Hindi Feature Film (1996)
  • Un-Certain Regards, Cannes (1997)


  • National Award for Best Bengali Film (2001)
  • Silver Balloon Award, Nantes Film Festival
  • Participated in Jerusalem Film Festival, Madrid Film Festival

Kalahandi(A documentary):

  • National Award, Best Investigative Film (2002)

A Treasure in the Snow (A documentary):

  • National Award 2003 for the Best Promotional Film 2003

Abar Aranye:

  • National Award for Best Director & Best Screenplay
  • Participated at The Venice International Film Festival and Montreal Film festival. Shown at Marrakech, Pusan, London & other festivals.

Impermanence(A documentary):

  • Premiered at the Venice Film Festival, 2004


  • National Award for Best Cinematography
  • Participated in The Montreal World Film Festival, AFI Los Angeles, London Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Indian International Film Festival in Goa, Kerala International Film Festival.

Moner Manush:

  • National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration

Special Awards:

  • Is the only Indian to have received the "Vittorio Di Sica” Award, Italy , 1997
  • Was awarded the Knighthood of the Star of the Italian Solidarity in July 2006
  • Awarded the Banga Bibhushan for lifetime achievement in film direction in 2012 [8]

Also won Kalakar Awards[9]

As an avant-garde poet[edit]

Ghose has portrayed the role of a Hungry generation poet in Srijit Mukherji's film Baishe Srabon.


  1. ^ Anirban Das (1 November 2010). Toward a Politics of the (Im)Possible: The Body in Third World Feminisms. Anthem Press. pp. 127–. ISBN 978-1-84331-855-2. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Interview : Weight of the world". The Hindu. March 16, 2008. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  3. ^ http://www.goutamghose.com/
  4. ^ Gopa Sabharwal (2007). India Since 1947: The Independent Years. Penguin Books India. pp. 227–. ISBN 978-0-14-310274-8. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Ashok Da. Ranade (1 January 2006). Hindi Film Song: Music Beyond Boundaries. Bibliophile South Asia. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-81-85002-64-4. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Gorham Kindem (31 August 2000). The International Movie Industry. SIU Press. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-0-8093-2299-2. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Edgar Thorpe. The Pearson Concise General Knowledge Manual 2012. Pearson Education India. pp. 289–. ISBN 978-81-317-6191-5. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kalakar award winners". Kalakar website. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

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