Kaushik Ganguly

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Kaushik Ganguly
Born (1968-08-04) 4 August 1968 (age 46)
Kolkata
Occupation Director, actor, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Churni Ganguly
Children One[1]
Parents Sunil Ganguly (father)

Kaushik Ganguly is an Indian director, screenwriter and actor in Bengali cinema. He is known for his works that explore sexuality, like Ushnatar Janye (2003) which deals with a lesbian relationship and Arekti Premer Golpo (2010) that examines transgender identity.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Ganguly was born in Kolkata on 4 August 1968. He attended Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur and later Jadavpur University where he worked on a degree in Bengali literature.[3] While at university he started a theatre troupe with his future wife actress Churni Ganguly and Suman Mukhopadhyay (who would later become a film director). In 1987, Ganguly began working as a screenwriter for Tollywood films. In 1995, he moved to ETV Bangla to direct telefilms like Ushnatar Janye, Ulka and Aatithi.[4] These telefilms incorporated elements like lesbianism and sex determination that had not been depicted in Bengali television productions before.[2]

In 2004 Ganguly directed his first feature film Waarish starring Debasree Roy and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty.[4] It was a commercial failure,[5] but he continued in cinema with Shunyo E Buke (2005) starring Kaushik Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Churni Ganguly. It tells the story of an artist's unrealistic expectations regarding his wife's personal appearance.[6] It was screened at London's Tongues on Fire Film Festival in February 2004 and at Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.[7][8] In 2009 he released the low-budget comedy Brake Fail inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee films.[9] His next film Jackpot starring Koel Mallick and Hiran[disambiguation needed] did very well at the box office. He cast director Rituparno Ghosh as the lead in his 2010 film Arekti Premer Golpo about a gay documentary filmmaker and a transgender Jatra actor. It won awards at the I-View Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.[3][10] On 9 September 2011 his latest film Rang Milanti released to positive reviews. Ganguly's upcoming projects include Laptop with Rahul Bose, Ananya Chatterjee, Rajesh Sharma, Saswata Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly and Gaurav Chakrabarty. Laptop has been selected for screening at the 42nd International Film Festival of India to be held at Goa from 23 Nov – 3 December 2011.[11] It is also having an international premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival 2011, where it part of the Muhr Asia Africa Features section. He has also finished principal photography for his next titled Shobdo, which will explore the life of a foley artist whose life becomes inextricably intertwined with the sounds that he has to produce for a living. A film on Taslima Nasreen's cat, Nirbashito, is in the works as well. He is double vision person. He received the "Best Director" award in 2013 at the IFFI Awards for his film "Apur Panchali", another example of high quality parallel cinema originating from his home state.

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Notes
2004 Waarish
2005 Shunyo E Buke
2005 Ek Mutho Chabi Co-director
2009 Brake Fail
2009 Jackpot
2010 Arekti Premer Golpo Silver Peacock in IFFI 2010, Goa, Berlin Film Festival,2010, Best Film Award in NY Film Festival, 2010
2011 Rang Milanti
2012 Laptop National Award in 2011 for Background Music, IFFI 2011, Goa, Indian Panorama, Dubai Film Festival 2011
2012 Shabdo National Award for Best Bengali Film and Sound Design in 2012, KFF 2011, IFFI 2012, Goa, Dubai Film Festival, Singapore Film festival 2012
2013 C/O Sir Singapore Film Festival 2013
2013 Apur Panchali Adaptation based on the real life story of the actor acted as protagonist Apu in Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali
2013 Shabdo National Award for Best Bengali Film
2014 Shabdo in Hindi A Anurag Basu Production, Under pre-production
2014 Khaad Pallavi Chatterjee,Ardhendu Banerjee,Lily Chakraborty

Television[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

  • 2005 Shunyo E Bukey
  • 2009 Jackpot
  • 2010 Arekti Premer Golpo
  • 2011 Rang Milanti
  • 2012 Laptop

Actor[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nag, Kushali (1 June 2010). "Reverse swing". Calcutta Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Joseph, Sherry (2005). Social work practice and men who have sex with men. SAGE. pp. 85–6. ISBN 0-7619-3352-2. 
  3. ^ a b Dasgupta, Priyanka (28 September 2010). "I am thrilled: Kaushik Ganguly". Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Mukherjee, Amrita (10 April 2003). "Churni, Kaushik debut on big screen with Waarish". Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mixed menu for Poila Baisakh platter". Calcutta Telegraph. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "What men want". Calcutta Telegraph. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Jain, Madhu (20 July 2006). "Bengali Films go Sexual". DNA. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mixed menu for Poila Baisakh platter". Calcutta Telegraph. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Kaushik Ganguly begins his new comedy". Trans World. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Boy shares jury prize at Indian film festival". NZPA/ONE News. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  11. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (14 April 2011). "Rahul Bose to shoot for Laptop". Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Ganguly, Ruman (7 April 2010). "Gaurav makes his dad proud". Time of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Kalakar award winners". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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