December 13, 1980 |
|Spouse(s)||Pramit Sen (1998–2007)|
Swastika Mukherjee (Bengali: স্বস্তিকা মুখার্জী, born 13 December 1980 in Kolkata) is a Bengali actress. She is daughter of actor Santu Mukherjee. Mukherjee's first stint with acting was the tele-serial Devdasi. She made her film debut in 2003 with the film Hemanter Pakhi directed by Urmi Chakraborty. Her first lead role came with Ravi Kinnagi-directed Mastan.
Mukherjee was born on 13 December 1980 in Kolkata. As a child she lived a self-described "simple life" with her father Santu Mukhopadhyay, younger sister Ajopa and mother Gopa. Her favorite films were Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. She did her schooling at Carmel School, Kolkata, St. Teresa' School, and Gokhale Memorial School. In 1998 at the age of 18, she married singer Pramit Sen, son of Rabindra Sangeet singer exponent Sagar Sen. The marriage was an unhappy one, lasting only two years before the couple separated. She accused him of physically abusing her and locking her out of their home when she was pregnant and filed a charge against him for cruelty (it was later dismissed). According to Mukherjee, Sen filed for divorce in 2000, but changed his mind later when she became successful in her acting career. She had one daughter from the marriage, Anwesha, born in 2000.
However Swastika Mukherjee later confessed in a media conference that the dowry harassment allegations she made against her estranged husband were false, apparently bringing a closure to an episode that has been playing out amidst full media glare for ten years.“I was young, I did not have enough sense back then and I did what my family, friends and peers advised me to do,” is how Swastika chose to explain why she falsely accused her husband singer Promit Sen of “subjecting her to cruelty” and “criminal breach of trust”. She apparently submitted an affidavit at a city court admitting that the charges she made against her husband and her in-laws under Indian Penal Code 498A and 406 were “unfounded, false, baseless and speculative”.
In 2001 Mukherjee enrolled at the Ananda Shankar Centre for Culture, learning dance from veteran Tanushree Shankar.  She then went into a relationship with Jeet, but broke up due to gossips saying that Jeet was dating Koel Mullick. Later, she began a relationship with Parambrata Chatterjee on the sets of Brake Fail. As she was still technically married to Pramit Sen, he filed a charge against Chatterjee for criminal adultery and enticement of a married woman. They separated in 2010 after Chatterjee moved to London.
While working on a history degree at Jadavpur University Mukherjee was spotted by the director of the TV serial Devdasi who convinced her to act in his production. She went on to appear in other serials like Akasher Niche and Protibimbo.
During the filming of Mastan she began to date her co-star Jeet. They went on to appear in several films together, including Kranti, Krishnakanter Will and Partner. Mukherjee has recently appeared in Bye Bye Bangkok and made her Hindi debut in the anthology film Mumbai Cutting.
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