Bansi Chandragupta

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Bansi Chandragupta
Born (1924-02-06)6 February 1924
Sialkot, Punjab, British India
Died 27 June 1981(1981-06-27) (aged 57)
Brookhaven, New York
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality Indian
Alma mater University of Calcutta
Occupation Art Director, Production Designer

Bansi Chandragupta (1924–1981) was an Indian art director and production designer, regarded among the greatest of art directors of Indian film industry. He won Filmfare Best Art Direction Award thrice, for Seema in 1972, for Do Jhoot in 1976 and for Chakra in 1982. He was awarded Evening Standard British Film Award posthumously for "best technical/artistic achievement" in 1983. He was born in 1924 in Sialkot, Punjab, British India and died on 27 June 1981 in Brookhaven, New York, United States.

Chandragupta is most well known as art director/production designer of movies directed by Satyajit Ray. He also worked with renowned film directors like Jean Renoir, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Basu Chatterjee, Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Aparna Sen.

Early life[edit]

Bansi Chandragupta was born at Sialkot in Pakistan. Chandragupta's family moved from Pakistan to Kashmir when he was a young boy. Here he met painter Shubho Tagore, on whose advice Chandragupta moved to Calcutta to pursue his ambition in painting. He spent most of his working life in this city.[1]


After a few stints in Bengali commercial films, Chandragupta got a chance to work as art director in Jean Renoir's movie The River (1951). Here he worked closely with production designer Eugène Lourié and learned the craft of film designing.[1] During the shooting of this movie, he met Satyajit Ray who asked him to join a group of film enthusiasts to form the Calcutta Film Society.

Later, Ray asked Chandragupta to be set designer for his film Pather Panchali. This collaboration sustained till Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977). Some of the best examples of Chandragupta's work are from the Ray films: Pather Panchali, Jalsaghar and Charulata.

Apart from Ray's films, best works of Chandragupta's works are visible in 36 Chowringhee Lane by Aparna Sen, Umrao Jaan by Muzzafar Ali and Chakra by Rabindra Dharamraj.[1] All these were shot in 1981, the year Chandragupta died of a heart attack in New York.

36 Chowringhee Lane was dedicated to Chandragupta.


Production Designer[edit]

Art Director[edit]

Set Decorator[edit]

Miscellaneous Crew[edit]

Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)


  1. ^ a b c p 539, Google books preview, from 'Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema', by Gulzar, Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee, ISBN 81-7991-066-0

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