Anjan Dutt

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Anjan Dutt
Anjan Dutt in premiere of The Bong Connection.jpg
Anjan Dutt
Background information
Native name অঞ্জন দত্ত
Born (1953-01-19) 19 January 1953 (age 65)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Origin Kolkata
Genres Urban Folk, Bengali Modern
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, actor, director
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels RPG, Sagarika Musics Pvt Ltd.
Associated acts Kabir Suman, Nachiketa Chakraborty

Anjan Dutt (19 January 1953) is an Indian film director, actor, and singer-songwriter of the 1990s Bengali music scene defined by anyodharar gaan (alternative music)- reminiscent of western folk music. His music is said to be influenced by blues, bluegrass, folk and country music.He is an admitted fan of Bob Dylan and his Bengali contemporary Kabir Suman.

He is also an accomplished actor starting his career in Bengali cinema. His first film was Chalachitro directed by Mrinal Sen, where he won the prize for the best newcomer actor, at the Venice Film Festival. He has acted in Aparna Sen's him film, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. He is also a national award-winning filmmaker and is one of the most prominent directors of Bengali Cinema, directing The Bong Connection, Chalo Let's Go, Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona.In recent years, he has been directing the Byomkesh Bakshi movie series. In 2018 he featured in Swapnasandhani's new play Taraye Taraye, as Vincent Van Gogh, under the direction of Kaushik Sen.

His love for Byomkesh runs back to his childhood when he named his first guitar "Ajit" after the aforementioned sleuth's sidekick.

Early years[edit]

Anjan Dutt was raised in the mountains of North Bengal. He had his schooling from St. Paul's School located in Darjeeling.

In the late seventies, he joined a group called 'Open Theatre' and in early eighties performed plays translated from works of renowned foreign playwrights like Sartre, Peter Weiss, Jean Genet and Bertold Brecht. The group clearly drew inspiration from Nandikar a highly active and an already famous theatre group at that time. But due to politically sensitive content, they faced many obstructions in producing and performing their work, and eventually, the group had to discontinue its repertoire.

He was first selected in a feature film named 'Chalachitro' - directed by renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen. The film and his performance were critically acclaimed in the Venice Film Festival but for unknown reasons, it was never released commercially. He said that he was more interested in doing art cinema rather than commercial mainstream cinema. After doing a few art films that were not so commercially successful, including the critically well-received 'Juganto', scarcity of job opportunities forced him to take up jobs in advertising and later as a journalist for the Kolkata-based daily, The Statesman.

Singing career[edit]

At that time, Anjan was greatly influenced by the music of Kabir Suman who had heralded a new era in Bengali music through his songs. These songs and lyrics, commonly referred to as Jeebonmukhi (literally meaning towards life), concerned itself with the tough reality of Bengali middle-class social life, in and around Kolkata.



Singles (1996–2011)[edit]


Year Film Credits Comment
Director Actor
1981 Chaalchitra Yes
1982 Kharij Yes
1982 Grihajuddha Yes
1988 The Bengali Night Yes
1989 Ek Din Achanak Yes
1991 City of Hope Yes
1992 Mahaprithivi Yes
1992 City of Joy Yes
1993 Sunya Theke Suru Yes
1993 Shilpi Yes
1993 Antareen Yes
1995 Yugant Yes
1998 Badadin Yes Hindi Directorial Debut
2001 Dekha Yes
2002 Mr. and Mrs. Iyer Yes
2004 Bow Barracks Forever Yes Bengali Directorial Debut
2006 The Bong Connection Yes
2008 Chalo Let's Go Yes
2009 Madly Bangalee Yes Yes
2009 Chowrasta: Crossroads of Love Yes
2010 Byomkesh Bakshi Yes
2010 Mahanagar @ Kolkata Yes
2011 Ranjana Ami Ar Asbona Yes Yes Abani
2011 Urochithi Yes
2011 Jani Dekha Hobe Yes
2012 Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish Yes
2012 Abar Byomkesh Yes
2012 Dutta Vs Dutta Yes Yes Biren Dutt
2013 BBD Yes Unreleased
2013 Ganesh Talkies Yes
2014 Sesh Bole Kichhu Nei Yes Yes
2014 Byomkesh Phire Elo Yes
2015 Nirbaak Yes
2015 Byomkesh Bakshi Yes
2015 Monbaksho Yes Yes Yet to Release
2015 Saheb Bibi Golaam Yes Jimmy Luke
2016 Hemanta Yes
2016 Byomkesh O Chiriyakhana Yes Yes Kokonad Gupta (cameo)
2016 The Bongs Again Yes
2017 Byomkesh O Agniban Yes Yes Kokonad Gupta
2018 Ami Ashbo Phirey Yes Yes
2018 Uma Yes
2018 Ahare Mon Yes


See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]

2014– sesh bole kichu nai

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