Aditya Vikram Sengupta

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Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Born (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 39)
Kolkata, India
OccupationFilm Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Editor
Years active2010–present
SpouseJonaki Bhattacharya

Aditya Vikram Sengupta (born 6 September 1983) is an Indian film director, cinematographer and graphic designer. His first film Asha Jaoar Majhe or Labour of Love, released in 2014 which premiered at the 11th Venice Days section of the Venice International Film Festival,[1][2] which won him the National Award for Best Debut in India.

Early life[edit]

Aditya Vikram Sengupta was born in Kolkata in 1983 to Sharmila Sengupta and Tridib Kumar Sengupta. He attended St. Xavier's Collegiate School and post-school, Aditya was accepted at the prestigious National Institute of Design in Paldi, Ahmedabad. After NID, he worked at Channel [V] for a number of years as a promo and creative director before turning director full-time.


His first directorial venture was the Bengali film Asha Jaoar Majhe (English: Labour of Love) premiered at the 11th Venice Days at the Venice International Film Festival on 4 September 2014,[2][1] At the 62nd National Film Awards, it won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director and Best Audiography.

Aditya's second film Jonaki was an international co-production between India-France and Singapore. Catherine Dussart Productions of France and Samir Sarkar's Magic Hour Films were co-producers of Jonaki. Shortly after the festival run of Jonaki, it was available for streaming on Netflix.

Once Upon a Time in Calcutta (previously titled Memories and My Mother) is Aditya's third film and his first collaboration with Turkish director of photography, Gokhan Tiryaki. Filmed in 2019, Once Upon A Time in Calcutta has been selected for 78th Venice Film Festival 2021 in the Orizzonti Competition. The film had its North American premiere at the New Directors New Films MoMA in 2022 before screening and winning awards at other festivals in the US.[3]

According to Variety, Aditya's follow up film, Birthmark, a five country co-production between India, France, Norway, Luxembourg and Denmark, which was initially part of HAF Hong Kong Film Financing Forum, the Venice Gap Financing Market at the Venice Production Bridge and received production support from Luxembourg Film Fund and the Danish Film Institute was shelved because of reasons not disclosed by the production.[4][5][6][7]

Aditya is developing three projects under his home production banner, For Films. First is Death of an Elephant based on a Bengali author Tarashankar Bandopadhyay's short story. The other two projects are Mandrake, a film on magic in Kolkata and an untitled documentary on Bollywood looked through a socio-cultural lens.[4]

Aditya is married to Jonaki Bhattacharya, who also works with him as an Art Director on all of his projects.


Year Title Cast Production Companies Director Writer Producer Cinematographer Editor Notes Ref.
2014 Asha Jaoar Majhe Ritwick Chakraborty, Basabdatta Chatterjee For Films Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Cinematography along with Mahendra Shetty
2018 Jonaki Lolita Chatterjee, Jim Sarbh, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee For Films, Magic Hour Films Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Cinematography along with Mahendra Shetty [8]
2021 Once Upon A Time In Calcutta Sreelekha Mitra, Bratya Basu, Anirban Chakraborty For Films, Catherine Dussart Productions, DUOFilm As Yes Yes Yes Yes [9]

Awards and festival selections[edit]

Year Film Awards
2014 Asha Jaoar Majhe WORLD PREMIERE

Venice International Film Festival (Venice Days)


National Film Award - WINNER Golden Lotus Award for Best Debut Film of a Director & WINNER Silver Lotus Award for Best Sound Design Venice International Film Festival (Venice Days) - WINNER Best Debut Director

BFI London Film Festival - WINNER Honorable Mention

New York Indian Film Festival - WINNER Best Film, WINNER Best Director, WINNER Best Script

Marrakesh International Film Festival - WINNER Best Director

Jaipur International Film Festival - WINNER Best Film

Abu Dhabi Film Festival - WINNER Jury Special Mention


International Film Festival of Rotterdam | Busan Film Festival | Kolkata International Film Festival | Los Angeles Indian Film Festival | Warsaw International Film Festival | Shanghai International Film Festival | Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


International Film Festival of Rotterdam


MAMI Mumbai Film Festival - WINNER Silver Gateway Award & Gender Equality Award


Los Angeles Indian Film Festival | Kolkata International Film Festival

Once Upon A Time In CalcuttaFilm has not yet been released SUPPORTED BY

Cinefondation L'Atelier - Cannes Film Festival

CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée)


NFDC Film Bazaar


  1. ^ a b Rosser, Michael (22 July 2014). "Venice Days unveils 2014 line-up". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b OFFICIAL Website of Venice Days festival
  3. ^ Correspondent, Our. "Shankar's Fairies, Once Upon A Time In Calcutta to be screened at New Directors/New Films". Cinestaan. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  4. ^ a b Ramachandran, Naman (14 April 2022). "India's Venice-Winning For Films Reveals Future Slate (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  5. ^ Shackleton2021-01-18T01:00:00+00:00, Liz. "HAF unveils line-up of 29 projects for 2021 virtual edition". Screen. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Film Fund Luxembourg announces the beneficiaries of its latest round of funding". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Biennale Cinema 2021 | Selected projects of the Venice Gap-Financing Market / New edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market". La Biennale di Venezia. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Becoming a Firefly". The Indian Express. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Sujan, Sreelekha and Bratya in Aditya Vikram's next? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 August 2019.

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