Saswata Chatterjee

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Saswata Chatterjee
Born Saswata Chatterjee
19 December 1970[1]
Kolkata
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995 – present
Spouse(s) Dr. Mohua Chatterjee
Parents Subhendu Chatterjee

Saswata Chatterjee (শাশ্বত চ্যাটারজী) also known as Apu is a popular Bengali male actor of television and films based in Kolkata, India. Born to actor Subhendu Chatterjee, Chatterjee began his career with a Hindi serial directed by Saibal Mitra, based on Samaresh Majumdar's Kaalpurush. He gained popularity by portraying the character of Topshe in a Feluda-based television series directed by Sandip Ray. His acting in many Bengali films has been praised by the critics, including his portrayal of a Ritwik Ghatak-inspired character in the 2013 film Meghe Dhaka Tara. He enjoyed success at the national level in Sujoy Ghosh's 2012 blockbuster Hindi film, Kahaani, where he played a simple-looking creepy contract killer.

Personal life[edit]

Saswata Chatterjee was born on 19 December 1970 to Subhendu Chatterjee, a noted Bengali actor.[2] Since childhood, Chatterjee loved to watch a lot of theater and enact scenes in front of the mirror[citation needed].

Saswata Chatterjee lives in Kolkata and is married to Mohua, a teacher, the actor has one daughter.[3]

Career[edit]

Chatterjee started his career with a Hindi serial directed by Saibal Mitra, based on Samaresh Majumdar’s Kaalpurush.[4] Later, he acted on a television series directed by Sandip Ray, where he portrayed the character of Topshe, a sidekick of Feluda, the sleuth. After this television debut, his acting skills were appreciated and he gained popularity.[5]

Chatterjee's acting in several Bengali films were critically appreciated. Some of his notable appearances include Tiyasha, C/O Sir, Proloy (2013), Jekhane Bhuter Bhoy, Meghe Dhaka Tara, Bhooter Bhabishyat, Abar Bomkesh (Chitrachor), Rang Milanti, Adim Ripu , The Bong Connection, Abar Aranye. He worked in the blockbuster Hindi film, Kahaani (2012) directed by Sujoy Ghosh and starring Vidya Balan. In that film, he played the role of a cold-blooded killer named Bob Biswas. His role as Bob became so popular that Chatterjee describes it as

Bob Biswas has most definitely exceeded the popularity of Kahaani. Poor Saswata has lost his identity. He is addressed as Bob wherever he goes.

—Saswata Chaterjee on his role on Bob Biswas.[3]

The character went viral on Facebook and Twitter with thousands of followers. A graphic novel is in the making was also inspired from Bob's character.[6]

Meghe Dhaka Tara was released in 2013, a film inspired by the life and works of Bengali film director Ritwik Ghatak and also depicts the socio-political environment of contemporary West Bengal during the Tebhaga and Naxalite movements. In this movie, he played the lead character as Nilkantha Bagchi and his acting was widely appreciated.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2014 Chaar The Doctor Bengali
2014 Baari Tar Bangla Roopchand Sen Bengali
2014 Bonku Babu Bonku Babu Bengali
2013 Tiyasha Sudipto Bengali
2013 C/O Sir Jayabrata Ray Bengali
2013 Proloy Animesh Dutta Bengali
2013 Goynar Baksho Bengali 2014 : Filmfare Awards East for Best Actor Supporting Role (Male) (Nominated)
2013 Aschorjo Prodip Anilabha Gupto / Anilda Bengali
2013 Namte Namte Rana Basu Bengali
2013 Damadol Papu Bhai Bengali
2013 Jekhane Bhuter Bhoy Pratap Sarkar Bengali
2013 Meghe Dhaka Tara Nilkantha Bagchi Bengali 2014 : Filmfare Awards East for Best Actor (Male) (Nominated)
2013 Aborto Bengali
2012 Balukabela.com Bengali
2012 Bhooter Bhabishyat Hathkata Kartik Bengali
2012 Abar Byomkesh (Chitrachor) Ajit Bandyopadhyay Bengali
2012 Kahaani Bob Biswas Hindi / Bollywood 2012 : Zee Cine Award for Best Villain (Nominated)
2012 : Stardust Award for Best Villain (Nominated)
2012 : IIFA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Nominated)
2012 Nobel Chor Hari Bengali
2012 Bhalobasha Off Route-e Bengali
2012 Goraay Gondogol Bengali
2011 The Forlorn (Short Film) Dr. Sambit Chaterjee Bengali 2011 : Imphal International Short Film Festival 2012 - Best Supporting Actor
2011 Rang Milanti Deepjoy Mitra/Anupam Ghatak Bengali
2011 Gosainbaganer Bhoot Bhelu Daktar Bengali
2011 Uro Chithi Manish Bengali
2011 Get2Gether Bengali
2010 Byomkesh Bakshi (Adim Ripu) Ajit Bandyopadhyay Bengali 2010 : Zee Bangla-r Gourab Samman in 2011 for Best Supporting Male Actor (Cinema)
2009 Brake Fail Bengali
2009 Cross Connection Swapnil Basu Bengali
2008 Chalo Let's Go Asim Bengali
2007 The Bong Connection Bhai-Da Bengali
2007 Shudhu Tomar Jonyo Bengali
2006 Dosar Kaushik's younger brother Bengali
2006 Teen Yaari Katha Bengali
2005 Karkat Rashi (TV) Professor Bengali
2004 Aabar Asibo Phire Bengali
2004 Tin Ekke Tin Tinkori Bengali
2003 Abar Aranye Saswata Banerjee Bengali
2002 Aamar Bhuvan Nur Bengali 2003 : BFJA - Best Supporting Actor Award
2000 Shesh Thikana Bengali
1999 Khelaghar Bengali
1999 Tumi Ele Tai Bengali
1999 Jahangirer Swarnamudra Topshe Bengali
1998 Atmaja Bengali 1998 : Anandalok Awards - Special Jury Award
1996 Nayantara Bengali
1996 Baksho Rahashya Topshe Bengali

Awards[edit]

  • 1998 Anandalok Awards - Special Jury Award for Atmoja
  • 2003 : BFJA - Best Supporting Actor Award - for Aamar Bhuvan
  • 2010 : Zee Bangla-r Gourab Samman in 2011 for Best Supporting Male Actor (Cinema) for Byomkesh Bakshi
  • 2011 : Imphal International Short Film Festival 2012 - Best Supporting Actor for THE FORLORN'[7]

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Firstpost.Bollywood (27 March 2012). "Bob Biswas : I even scared my wife". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ IANS (5 July 2007). "Bengali actor Subhendu Chatterjee dead". Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Bob Biswas gets even bigger". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ The Telegraph (9 June 2011). "A Director's Actor". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Trans World Features (22 January 2008). "The legend of Feluda". Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kahaani's Bob Biswas a rage on FB, Twitter". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "First IISFF 2012 - Awards at First IISFF 2012". Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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