|Born||23 September 1977|
|Occupation||Director, actor, lyricist, writer, economist, theatrician|
Srijit Mukherji (born 23 September 1977) is an Indian film maker, actor, writer and a former economist from the movie industry of West Bengal, Kolkata. He came to the limelight after directing his first commercial film Autograph which was a critical and commercial success and Baishe Srabon which was an even bigger success. He is one of the few directors in the history of Bengali cinema to achieve success both critically and commercially in his very first films. His third full-length feature film Hemlock Society released on 22 June 2012, to generally positive reviews from critics and had a record opening, finally being another huge success.
After acting in various Bengali films and plays, Srijit went on to direct his first full length feature film Autograph, which he also wrote himself. The film went on to win many awards, giving Mukherji best director and best screenplay awards at various film award ceremonies. He then wrote and directed the psychological thriller Baishe Srabon, which was a critical and commercial success and earned Srijit more best director and best screenplay awards. His fourth directorial venture, Mishawr Rawhoshyo, based on a children's story by Sunil Gangopadhyay, has had a record breaking spree at the box office making it the biggest urban mainstream film ever. His fifth film Jaatishwar is generally considered to be his best till date by the critics. It had the rare honour of being screened at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for the President of India. And at the 61st National Film Awards, 2014, the highest cinematic honour in India, the film chalked up a whopping 4 national awards, the highest this year, and the second highest tally for a Bengali film ever. Recently, after directing films, Mukherji has also moved on to act more in other Bengali films, for which he has received acclaim too. Mukherji, now is, by many Bengali critics and audience, regarded as one of the best filmmakers in the country.
Mukherji completed his schooling from Dolna Day School, Kolkata and South Point High School, Kolkata, before studying economics at Presidency College. He went on to complete his MA and M Phil in environmental economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, parallelly working as a social scientist in the Urban Transport and Pollution Sector with TERI in New Delhi. He quit his PhD while in his first year, to join IRI Symphony, Bangalore as an econometrician and business analyst. After working in Bangalore, and a brief stint in Milan he quit his job to actively pursue theatre and films. His father Samaresh Mukherjee, is a retired professor of architecture, who himself is a poet, thinker and painter, and his mother is a professor of anatomy and a keen collector of tortoises (not live), having more than 300 varieties (made from crystals to coconuts) showcased in her living room.
Even while working as an economist and statistician, he was actively involved with the English professional theatre circuit in Delhi and Bangalore. He has acted in Madness, adapted from Paulo Coelho's Veronica Decides To Die; Manoj Mitra's The Orchard of Banchharam; Badal Sircar's The Other Side of History; Sunil Ganguly's Pratidwandi – The Adversary, adapted for the stage from Satyajit Ray's film of the same name and Lucknow 76. He wrote and directed Mindgame, an Indian adaptation of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men, at the Alliance Francaise De Bangalore in 2006. In April 2008, he formed his own troupe, Pandora's Act, whose first production, Feluda Pherot! at Rangashankara in July 2008 was a runaway success and was the first ever non-canonical dramatisation of Satyajit Ray's sleuth Feluda. Barun Chanda, Ray's leading man in Seemabodhho, and Parambrata Chatterjee, the screen Topshe and film youth icon, starred in this production. In 2009, he wrote, directed and acted in the English play Checkmate, a non-canonical re-interpretation of Byomkesh Bakshi, Saradindu Bandopadhyay's sleuth. He was an assistant director, lyricist and actor in both Anjan Dutt's Madly Bangalee and Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini, in 2009. He has also written lyrics for films like Cross Connection, Le Chakka and Josh, TV serials like Coffee and More and Dadagiri and non-film albums of Usha Uthup.
In 2010 he directed his debut feature film, the award-winning blockbuster – Autograph which ran for 114 days at the box office, won 41 awards and was an official selection at Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2010, MIAAC Film Festival in New York 2010, Glasgow International Film Festival 2011 and London Indian Film Festival 2011. He also made his acting debut on Bengali television in the Rituparno Ghosh scripted mega serial Gaaner Opare, produced by Ideas Entertainment. His work in 2011 included a major role in Anindya Banerjee's Chaplin starring Rudranil Ghosh and his second film, Baishe Srabon starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Abir Chatterjee and director Gautam Ghose, who returned to acting after a hiatus of 29 years. Baishe Srabon was recently the official selection at the Dubai International Film Festival and the closing film at the London Indian Film Festival, and had a 105-day run at the box office making it the biggest blockbuster of the year. Baishe Srabon has won 41 awards. His third feature film was Hemlock Society, a romantic satire set at the backdrop of a school which teaches aspirants how to successfully commit suicide. It featured Parambrata Chatterjee and Koel Mallick. His fourth film, Mishawr Rawhoshyo, based on Kakababu with Prasenjit Chattopadhyay playing the lead character has been declared as one of the biggest blockbusters ever and the highest earning urban mainstream film. He has recently acted in films like Dutta Vs Dutta, Bapi Bari Jaa and the national award winning Shobdo. His fifth film Jaatishwar is generally considered to be the best in his career and most critically acclaimed. It is the musical bridge between two centuries of Bengali culture and a biopic cum a musical cum a reincarnation drama. At the 61st National Awards 2014, the highest film honour in India, it won 4 national awards for Music Direction, Playback Singing, Costume and Make up. This was the highest tally for a film in India this year, and the second highest ever for a Bengali film.
He also received the Young Achiever Award from Rotary International, the prestigious Shera Bangali Award from ABP Anando and the Shoilojanando Mukhopadhyay Memorial Award in 2012 for his contribution in the field of film direction. In 2013 he received the Uttam Kumar Memorial Award from the Government of West Bengal becoming the youngest director to achieve this. He has also received the oldest film award in India, the BFJA award, for remarkable contribution to Bengali Cinema in the last three years.
|Filmography as Director|
|Release date||Title||CBFC rating||Composer||Producer||Cast|
|Shree Venkatesh Films||Prosenjit Chatterjee
|2011||September||30||Baishe Srabon||A||Anupam Roy||Prosenjit Chatterjee
|2012||June||22||Hemlock Society||A||Anupam Roy
|2013||September||30||Mishawr Rahasya||U||Indradeep Dasgupta||Prosenjit Chatterjee
|2014||January||17||Jaatishwar||U||Kabir Suman||Reliance Entertainment||Prosenjit Chatterjee
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