Bedabrata Pain

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Bedabrata Pain
Born (1963-03-27) 27 March 1963 (age 54)
West Bengal, India
Other names Bedo, Mitu
Alma mater St. Lawrence High School, Kolkata
IIT Kharagpur
Columbia University
Occupation Scientist
Years active 2005—present
Spouse(s) Shonali Bose[1]

Bedabrata Pain (Bengali: বেদব্রত পাইন; born 27 March 1963) is an Indian scientist turned film director,[2][3] producer and screenwriter.[4] Bedabrata Pain was also a member of the team that invented the CMOS image sensor.[5] Bedabrata Pain has also won National Film Award for Best First Film of a Director for Chittagong.[6][7]


Early life and education[edit]

Bedabrata's father was born in Dhaka and his mother came from Faridpur. Bedabrata Pain did his schooling in St. Lawrence High School in Calcutta & South Point High School and then studied Electronics & Electrical Comm. Engg. (ECE) in IIT Kharagpur(1982–1986),[8][9][10] He got an Ivy League scholarship.[11] Later he went to Columbia University, New York and received his M.S and PhD in Applied physics in 1992. His future wife Shonali Bose also did her master's degree in Political Science from Columbia University.

Academic career[edit]

In 1993, Bedabrata Pain joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and later managed JPL's image sensor and focal-plane technology research and advanced development. Since 1993, he was associated with NASA. Concurrent with his NASA work, he taught courses on CMOS imaging at UCLA, chaired international conferences, and was the invited speaker at several conferences. He has published over 150 technical papers, and won several awards, including the Lew-Allen Award for Excellence.[12]


In 1990s, Bedabrata Pain was part of a team that invented the active pixel sensor technology that produced the world's smallest camera and has been inducted to the US Space Technology Hall of Fame.[13][14][15] Now it is used from cell-phone cameras to movie cameras (such as those used by RED) to those in space telescopes.[16][17]

Achievements and awards[edit]

Bedabrata Pain had worked for NASA for 15 years as senior research scientist before quitting NASA in December 2008.[18][19][20] Pain has 87 invention patents to his credit.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Bedabrata Pain was married to Shonali Bose.[23] Now he is based in Los Angeles.[24] Bedabrata and Shonali have two sons-Ishan and Vivan.They have lost their son Ishan, who died at a young age in an accident on 3 September 2010.[25][26][27][28][29][30]

Film career[edit]

Bedabrata was the executive producer of the award-winning film Amu in 2005.[31] He was the principal researcher for the documentary called Lifting the Veil on the impact of globalisation in India, and the writer of the book titled ‘Behind the events in Kashmir’. He directed critically acclaimed film Chittagong starring Manoj Bajpai,[32] Vega Tamotia,[33] Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Barry John and Dibyendu Bhattacharya.[34] Bedabrata, shot the film Chittagong with the same digital imaging technology that he with other NASA scientists had invented.[35]


Year Film Language Notes
2005 Amu Hindi Producer
2012 Chittagong Hindi Producer, director, writer, Won National Film Award for Best First Film of a Director[36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ An interview with Shonali Bose, director of Amu
  2. ^ Small films, big potential
  3. ^ "I would call it a homecoming: Bedabrata Pain". 11 September 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Will and a Way
  5. ^ "'Which parent would want to cremate their child?' – Movies". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hindi films suffering from dearth of talent: Bedabrata Pain". 29 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Bedabrata Pain and Barun Chanda take part in discourse on world cinema in Kolkata
  8. ^ "Marathi, Bengali filmmakers are doing things right: Bedabrata Pain – The Times of India". The Times of India. 27 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "IIT Foundation [ Member Details ]". Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "'Like films, science uses known facts to create a new world'". Tehelka. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bedabrata Pain (Director of Chittagong): From NASA and CMOS Sensors to Passionate Film-Making". Washington Bangla Radio USA. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Active Pixel Sensor". Space Foundation. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Bedabrata Pain's journey from a NASA scientist to a filmmaker". 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "'Chittagong': We managed to capture the understated and cerebral Bengali heroism". 10 October 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Pelican Imaging Comes Out of Stealth Mode
  17. ^ "Grain to pixel: The digital new wave". 15 October 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Chris Pizzello (11 April 2012). "Reaching for the stars". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Chittagong revolt captured on film
  20. ^ "'Chittagong' has a sense of victory, says director Bedabrata Pain – Movies News – Bollywood – ibnlive". 12 April 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  21. ^ Chris Pizzello (7 September 2012). "I had to tell the Chittagong story: Bedabrata Pain". The times of india. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bedabrata Pain: From NASA to Chittagong – The Times of India". The Times of India. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  23. ^ “AMU”, an award winning film by a KGP Alumnus — Releasing in San Francisco
  24. ^ "People Search, Find People, Search Public Records". PeopleFinders. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Chittagong maker still mourns for son – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  26. ^ Priyanka Dasgupta (28 August 2012). "'Chittagong' director prepares to fight lawsuit". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  27. ^ Pre-Partition saga Chittagong finally bailed out
  28. ^ Chittagong to release
  29. ^ "NRIs lose case against US firm on son's death – India Global News – IBNLive". Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  30. ^ Subhash K Jha (11 September 2012). "'Chittagong' director loses son's death case in LA court". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  31. ^
  32. ^ Review: Aarakshan is disappointing
  33. ^ Chris Pizzello (11 April 2012). "Vega Tamotia, left, a cast member in "Chittagong," and the film's director Bedabrata Pain pose together on the opening night of the 10th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles". Outlook. Retrieved 11 April 2012. [permanent dead link]
  34. ^ Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong gets a new poster
  35. ^ My film offers different take on Chittagong uprising: director
  36. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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