Anirban Bhattacharya

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Anirban Bhattacharya
Born (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 33)
OccupationFilm and stage actor
Years active2010–present
Notable work
Eagoler Chokh,[2][3] Arshinagar, Colkatay Columbus, Dhananjay, Debi Sarpamasta,[4] Awdyo Shesh Rajani, Athoi,[5] Ek Je Chhilo Raja, Gumnaami

Anirban Bhattacharya (Bengali: অনির্বাণ ভট্টাচার্য) is an Indian Bengali stage and film actor. He played lead roles in many popular theatre productions. His first successful theatre production was Debi Sarpamasta, written by Manoj Mitra, directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay. His other notable works are Anthony Soudamini, Nagamandala (famous play by Girish Karnad), Jara Agun Lagay, Bisorjan, FM Mahanagar, Karu Basana, Awdyo Shesh Rajani, Athoi etc. In 2017, he got the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) as Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) for Awdyo Shesh Rajani.[6] In 2015, he started his film career with the Zee Bangla telefim Kader Kuler Bou. He got fame for his character as Bishan Roy from the film Eagoler Chokh.[7] For playing this role, he picked up the Filmfare Awards East for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2017.

Calcutta Times has voted him as one of the top 10 Most Desirable Men in 2017.[8]

Early life[edit]

Anirban was born on 7 October 1986 in Midnapore, West Bengal. He did his schooling from Nirmal Hriday Ashram Catholic Church High School in Midnapore. After that, in 2004 he moved to Kolkata to study Theatre from Rabindra Bharati University. He completed his Master's in drama and received the Young Artist Scholarship, 2009 from Cultural Ministry of the Government of India.[9]

Theatre[edit]

He acted in various theater productions between 2005-2010 and in 2008 Bhattacharya acted in the workshop based theatre production Jhunki (The Risk), conducted by the renowned Mr. Steve Clorfiene, student of Yergi Grotowski. It was a collaboration of American Council and Rabindra Bharati University.[9] He acted in 3 productions like Raja lear, Debi Sarpomosta and Chandragupta. After that he resigned from Minerva Repertoire in January 2013 and started his career as a professional freelance theatre actor.[10]

Year Play Director Role
2005 Bijalibala-r Mukti Adrija Dasgupta Narrator
2007 Tumi Dak Diyechho Kon Shokale Adrija Dasgupta Multiple Characters
2007 Dure Baje (Based on Pracheta Gupta's short story) Adrija Dasgupta Narrator
2008 Shilpi Adrija Dasgupta Madan Tanti
2009 Amar Atmahatya Kalin Jabanbandi Adrija Dasgupta Multiple Characters
2010 Raja Lear (Shakespeare's King Lear) Suman Mukhopadhyay Edmund
2011 Debi Sarpamasta (Manoj Mitra) Debesh Chattopadhyay Narrator and Raja Lokendra Pratap
2012 Chandragupta Kaushik Chattopadhyay Raja Nanda
2013 Tin Kanya Abanti Chakraborty Andrei
2013 Anthony Soudamini Soumitra Mitra Anthony
2013 Nagamandala (By Girish Karnad)[11] Abanti Chakraborty Naga & Apanna
2013 Tin Poishar Pala Tathagata Choudhury Mohin Dakat
2014 Jara Agun Lagay[12] Suman Mukhopadhyay Gotlip Beiddermann
2014 Bisarjan (Rabindranath Tagore's Play) Suman Mukhopadhyay Raja Gobinda Manikya
2014 Troy (Based on the Iliad by Homer) Abanti Chakraborty Hector
2014 Chhayabaji Chandan Sen Chhaya (Shadow)
2015 Icchher Oli Goli Abanti Chakraborty Stanley Kowalski
2015 FM Mahanagar Arindam Mukherjee Abhra
2015 Karu Basana (Based on a novel by Jibananda Das) Arpita Ghosh, Debesh Chattopadhyay Hem
2016 Awdyo Shesh Rajani Bratya Basu Amiya Chakraborty
2016 Athoi (Based on Shakespeare's Othello)[13] Arna Mukhopadhyay Anargo (Based on Iago)
2019 Titumir[14][15] Joyraj Bhattacharjee Titumir
2019 Pontu Laha 2.0 [16][17] Anirban Bhattacharya Junior Shakil Ansari

Direction[edit]

In 2010, he has formed his own theatre group Sangharam Hatibagan.

Here is a list of plays that have been directed by him :-

• Guru

• Chowmatha

• Udorniti ( A short play translated from the play Out At Sea by Slawomir Mrozek )

•Pontu Laha 2.0 ( An adaptation of the play Mr Puntila and his Man Matti by Bertolt Brecht )

Filmography[edit]

Anirban started his career in Bengali language films in 2015 with Zee Bangla Cinema Originals' such as Kader Kuler Bou, Jodi Balo Hyan and Ebhabeo Phire Asa Jay. He hit the big screen in Aparna Sen's Arshinagar in a supporting role.[18] In 2016, he appeared in Arindam Sil's Eagoler Chokh portraying a different character named "Bishan Roy" and has become the talk of the town eventually for his immense performance.[19] He has also bagged the BFJA-Most Promising Actor Male award for essaying Bishan Roy in that film. He has also picked up the Filmfare Awards East for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the same role.[20] Bhattacharya has also awarded with the Best debutant Actor award at International Bengali Film Award(IBFA). Recently, Anirban played a role of a radio jockey in Colkatay Columbus. He has awarded the "Ajeyo Samman 2017" by the newspaper Ebela for becoming the most praised actor in 2016 and also the new talk of the town.[21]

Year Film Director Character
2013 Kolkata-r King (Based on Three Penny Opera) Judhajit Sarkar King/KK
Key Square (SRFTI Diploma Film) Shamik Kumar Raskhit The Naxalite Leader
2015 Kader Kuler Bou Souvik Kundu Kanad Brahma
Jodi Bolo Hyan Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy Sayan Sen
Ebhabeo Fire Asha Jaye Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy Kaushik Dutta
Arshinagar Aparna Sen Monty
Khawto Kamaleswar Mukherjee Kingshuk
2016 Eagoler Chokh[22][23] Arindam Sil Bishan Roy
Colkatay Columbus Saurav Palodhi Sam
2017 Durga Sohay[24][25] Arindam Sil Madhab
Dhananjay[26][27] Arindam Sil Dhananjoy
2018 Jojo [28] Argha Deep Chatterjee Anirban
Alinagarer Golokdhadha[29][30][31] Sayantan Ghosal Soham
Uma[32][33] Srijit Mukherji Mohitosh Sur
Ek Je Chhilo Raja[34][35] Srijit Mukherji Satya Banerjee
2019 Shahjahan Regency[36] Srijit Mukherji Arnab Sarkar
Finally Bhalobasha[37][38] Anjan Dutta Joy
Vinci Da[39][40] Srijit Mukherji Bijoy Poddar
Bibaho Obhijaan Birsa Dasgupta Bullet Singh
Gumnaami Srijit Mukherjee Chandrachur Dhar
Ghawre Bairey Aaj Aparna Sen Nikhilesh Choudhury

Awards[edit]

Television[edit]

Presently, Anirban has worked in a non fictional television comedy show Apur Sangsar, along with Saswata Chatterjee, which has started to air on Zee Bangla from 26 January.[46] He has appeared in popular shows of Zee Bangla like Didi No.1 as guest and Dadagiri Unlimited Season 7 as celebrity contestant. The play Awdyo Shesh Rajni (Anirban as lead) was aired on Home Theatre of Colours Bangla. He hosted a crime show Hushiar Bangla on Colours Bangla.[47]

Anirban has now starred in a limited television series Bhoomikanya (approximately 200 episodes), which is produced by Arindam Sil and has started to air on Star Jalsha. In this series, Anirban has played the role of the male lead "Ankush", who is a fearless and honest forest ranger.[48][49][50]

Web series[edit]

Anirban now works on the web series Byomkesh, where he portrays the title character, detective Byomkesh Bakshi, written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. This brand new web series airs on Hoichoi Originals (a web platform of Shree Venkatesh Films) from 14 October 2017.[51][52][53][54] He has also played the lead role in Laboratory, which is a Hoichoi original film, based on Rabindranath Tagore's famous short story of the same name.

Year Series/Film Director Character
2017-2019 Byomkesh(Season 1-4) Sayantan Ghosal, Soumik Chattopadhyay Byomkesh
2018 Laboratory Soumik Chattopadhyay Rebati
2019 Paanch Phoron( Gopone Prem Charan ) Suman Mukhopadhyay Indrajeet
2019 Manbhanjan Abhijit Chowdhury Gopinath

Playback[edit]

In 2018, for the first time Anirban has done a playback in his career. The versatile actor has lent his voice for the song "Kichchu Chaini Ami" from the movie Shahjahan Regency, which is directed by Srijit Mukherjee. He has delivered sheer magic in his playback debut and the song has gained immense popularity ever since it was released. The actor who is not a professional singer, was stunned and overwhelmed with the response.[55][56]

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