Debashree Roy

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Debashree Roy
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Debashree Roy
Born
Rumki Roy[1]

(1965-08-08) 8 August 1965 (age 53)
Residence183, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata - 700026, West Bengal[2]
NationalityIndian
Alma materApeejay School[1]
Occupation[3]
Years active1978 — Present
OrganizationDebasree Roy Foundation[4][5]
Notable work
Spouse(s)
Prosenjit Chatterjee
(m. 1992; div. 1995)
Parents
  • Birendra Kishore Roy[6] (father)
  • Arati Roy[6] (mother)
RelativesRani Mukerjee (niece)[7]
AwardsNational Award[8]
BFJA Awards[9][10][11]
Calcutta and National Unity Awards[12]
Kalakar Awards[13]
Anandalok Award[14]
Notes
#During the initial days of her career, she was credited as Rumki Roy in Bengali films and Chintamani in South Indian films. The name "Debashree Roy" was given later by Tarun Majumdar.[15]
  1. She made her Bollywood debut in Kanak Mishra's Jiyo To Aise Jiyo (1981).[15]
  2. She was conferred with the National Film Award for Best Actress for Unishe April directed by Rituparno Ghosh.[8]
  3. She refused offers to play lead opposite Prosenjit Chatterjee since their conjugal separation in 1995, leaving an ample scope to her contemporary Rituparna Sengupta and Satabdi Roy.[16]
Debasree Roy
MLA
Assumed office
2011
Preceded byKanti Ganguly
ConstituencyRaidighi, West Bengal
Personal details
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress[17]

Debashree Roy (also known as Debasree Roy)[18] is an Indian actress, dancer, choreographer, politician and animal rights activist.[2][4][12] As an actress, she is known for her work in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema.[19] She has been cited as the reigning queen of Bengali commercial cinema.[20][21] She acted in more than a hundred films[22] and won over forty awards,[22] including a National Award, three BFJA Awards, five Kalakar Awards and an Anandalok Award. She acted under the screen name Chintamani in the Tamil film industry.[6] As a dancer, she is known for her stage adaptations of the various forms of Indian folk dances as well as her innovative dance forms imbued with elements from Indian classical, tribal and folk dance.[23] She is the producer, choreographer and motivator of Natraj dance troupe.[6] She is the institutor of Debasree Roy Foundation, a non-profit organization that works for the cause of stray animals.[4][5][24][25] Roy is a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Raidighi constituency since 2011.[2]

Roy acted for the first time when she was mere a child[20] and became a starlet after she was cast in Tarun Majumdar's Bengali thriller Kuheli (1971).[1] As an adult actress, her first film was Arabinda Mukhopadhyay's Bengali film Nadi Theke Sagare (1978).[6] She achieved national recognition for her role in Aparna Sen's National Award winning directorial debut 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)[26][15] and shot to stardom after she was cast in Kanak Mishra's Jiyo To Aise Jiyo (1981) under Rajshri Productions.[27] She, then appeared in a string of Hindi films such as Bura Aadmi (1982),[28] Justice Chaudhury (1983),[29] Phulwari (1984),[30] Kabhi Ajnabi The (1985)[31] and Seepeeyan (1986).[32] After her Bengali film Troyee (1982) became a major success at box office, she concentrated more in Bengali cinema.[33][34] Her other major grossers at box office include films such as Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (1985),[35] Lalmahal (1986), Chokher Aloy (1989), Jhankar (1989),[36] Ahankar (1991)[37] and Yuddha (2005) to name a few.[38]

Roy was conferred with BFJA Award for Best Actress (1992) for the first time for her performance in Indar Sen's Bengali film Thikana (1991).[9] She was conferred with the National Film Award for Best Actress (1995) as well as BFJA Award for Best Actress (1997) for her role in Rituparno Ghosh’s National Award winning Bengali film Unishe April (1994).[8][10] She collaborated with Rituparno Ghosh for the second time in his National Award winning Bengali film Asukh (1999) which once again earned her the BFJA Award for Best Actress (2000).[39][11] She was also critically acclaimed for her performances in films such as Sandhyatara (1994), Kaal Sandhya (1997), Prohor (2002) and Shilpantar (2004).[38]

Roy also had an extensive career in television. She made her small screen debut in Soumitra Chatterjee starrer Bengali tv series Dena Paona.[38] Her other famous roles from Bengali TV series are that of Louhakapat, Ratnadeep, Nagarparer Roopnagar and Biraj Bou to name a few.[38] In 1988, she appeared as Satyavati in B.R.Chopra's Mahabharat.[40] In 1997, she gave birth to speculation and controversy for her role as Tishyarakshita in Nitish Roy's Samarpan aired on Zee Tv.[41]

Roy was trained in Odissi by Kelucharan Mahapatra.[6] She was exposed to the various forms of Indian folk dances as well by Mahapatra and took a sincere interest to adapt them on stage.[1] In 1991, she formed her dance troupe Natraj and their first venture Vasavdatta went on to receieve full seat occupancy every time it was staged.[33] She, onwards ventured into an attempt to manifest the forms of folk dance of Bengal in Swapner Sandhane, an acclaimed production of Natraj.[33] She was most applauded for her wider attempt to present the various forms of Indian folk dance in Bichitro, the first abroad production of Natraj.[42][20] In Navras, she exhibited an innovative dance form imbued with elements from Indian classical, tribal and folk dance.[43]

Roy choreographed most of her dance numbers in Bengali films. Her dance to the popular songs Ami Kolkatar Rosogolla[44] and Amar Naam Habiba from Raktelekha (1992) was accredited as the biggest factor for the film achieving an enormous success at box office.[38] Several of her other memorable choreographies includes her dance numbers such as Aar Koto Raat Eka Thakbo[45] from Chokher Aloy (1989), Baje Dhol Takdhina Dhin[46] from Aakrosh (1989) and Bajlo Je Ghungru[47] from Jhankar (1989).[38][48]

Early life[edit]

Roy was born to Birendra Kishore Roy and Arati Roy in Kolkata, West Bengal and was brought up there as well.[12][22][49] She is the youngest among the six siblings. She made her film debut as a child artist in Hiranmoy Sen's Pagol Thakur (1966).[20] She again appeared as a child artist in Hiranmoy Sen's Balak Gadadhar (1969).[1] Her first stage performance took place when she was barely three years old. Initially, she took her dancing lessons from her mother, her eldest sister and then Bandana Sen. later on, she was trained by Kelucharan Mahapatra.[12]

Film career[edit]

Kuheli and its aftermath (1971—1980)[edit]

In 1971, she was cast alongside Biswajit Chatterjee and Sandhya Roy in Tarun Majumdar's Bengali Thriller Kuheli (inspired by Rebecca).[50][12] Roy portrayed a little girl named Ranu who, every night, stealthily goes out to meet a mysterious woman whom she believes to be her mother. In all these films, she was credited by the name Miss Chumki. The film became a major success at box office turning Roy into a starlet[48]

In 1978, Roy appeared as an adult actress opposite Mithun Chakraborty, in Arabinda Mukherjee's Bengali film Nadi Theke Sagare (1978), which was a major commercial success.[51] She was credited as Rumki Roy In this film.[34] She went on acting in several films, such as in Kushali Goshthi's Aguner Fulki (1978), Ajit Gangopadhyay's Lattu (1979), Swadesh Sarkar's Jiban Jerakam (1979) and Nirmal Sarbanga's G. T. Road (1980). In all these films, she was credited as Rumki Roy. She acted opposite Prem Nazir in N. Sankaran Nair's Malayalam film Ee Ganam Marakkumo (1978). The film was a major commercial as well as a critical failure.[52] In 1980, she appeared in Tarun Majumdar's romantic drama film Dadar Kirti and was credited as Debashree Roy for the first time.[38] The name was given by Tarun Majumdar himself.[38] In the film, she portrayed the character of Bini, the innocent sibling of Saraswati portrayed by Mahua Roychoudhury. The film became a giant hit and her role and vibrant appearance was loved by the audience, alongside the reverse and solemn appearance of Mahua Roychoudhury.

Prime success (1981—2007)[edit]

She was again cast in the role of the chirpy sibling of Mahua Roychoudhury in Manu Sen's blockbuster Bengali film Subarnagolak (1981). She also appeared in Dilip Mukherjee's Bengali film Father (1981). In 1981, Roy appeared in Aparna Sen's much acclaimed English film 36 Chowringhee Lane. She portrayed the character of Nandita who, along with her boyfriend Samaresh exploits her former teacher's apartment for making love to each other.[53] The film was a major failure at box office, still Roy was applauded by media personalities due to her good looks and unlaboured screen presence.[54] In the same year, she appeared in Kanak Mishra's Hindi film Jiyo To Aise Jiyo (1981), under Rajshri Productions. She played the love interest of Arun Govil in the film. The film became a jubilee hit at box office.[55] In 1982, she appeared in Tarun Majumdar's Bengali film Meghmukti. In the same year, she went on to appear in Goutam Mukherjee's blockbuster Bengali film Troyee. She was paired with Mithun Chakraborty in the film. The success of the film brought her leading roles in the following Bengali films such as Aparupa (1982), Samapti (1983) and Agamikal (1983). In 1982, she appeared in Desh Gautam's Bura Aadmi.[56] She, then appeared in K. Raghavendra Rao's multistarrer Hindi film Justice Chaudhury (1983) alongside Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Moushumi Chatterjee, Sridevi and Raj Kiran.

In 1984, she appeared in Mukul Dutt's Hindi film Phulwari, under Rajshri Productions. In the film, Roy portrayed the character of Lali, a beautiful, conceited and pampered girl who insults her boyfriend Rajiv on the day of their engagement and discloses to everyone present at her engagement party that she has given consent to marry him because she wanted to avenge an earlier incident when he humiliated her in front of the public. She was paired with Shashi Puri in this film. She was also paired with Kanowaljit Singh in Akash Jain's film Seepeeyan (1984), where she portrayed the role of a beautiful woman who flings herself into water after her boyfriend refused to marry her and is saved by another man whom she later gets married to. In 1984, she was cast in the role of Kundanadinee in Ajay Kar's Bengali period film Bishabriksha, based on the veteran Bengali novelist Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name. She appeared in Dipranjan Bose's Bengali drama film Parabat Priya (1984), alongside Tapas Paul and Mahua Roychoudhury, which became a major success at box office.[57] She played the character of Piyali, a highly pampered girl who decides to poison a glass of milk that her husband was supposed to take.

In 1985, she was paired with Sandeep Patil in Kabhi Ajnabi The (1985), directed and produced by Vijay Singh. She played the character of Geeta, who decides to sacrifice her love for the sake another woman who had previously been her boyfriend's ladylove. The film was over-hyped regarding the Bollywood debut of Sandeep Patil and Roy's sensuous enacting with him in the song sequence Geet Mere Hothon Ko De Gaya Koi, came to be a huge hit at box office.[58] Filmfare wrote: "With those kohl eyes and her figure scantily covered with, she looked enthralling, yet she looked coy enough." Her performance in this film earned her the Calcutta and National Unity Award for Best Supporting Actress in Hindi Cinema.[1] The film theatrically opened with 80% seat occupancy, but ultimately proved itself to be a major commercial failure due to its poor screenplay.[59] In 1985, she was cast opposite Tapas Paul in Tarun Majumdar's romantic drama Bhalobasa Bhalobasa. This film established Roy's pairing with Tapas Paul as the leading on-screen pairing of the nineteen eighties.[59] Her other major hits with Paul are Uttar Lipi (1986), Arpan (1987), Shankhachur (1988), Surer Sathi (1988), Surer Akashe (1988), Nayanmani (1989), Chokher Aloy (1989), Shubha Kamana (1991), Mayabini (1992), Phire Paoa (1993), Tobu Mone Rekho (1994) and Putrabadhu (1998).

Roy also delivered hits with Prosenjit Chatterjee and Chiranjeet Chakraborty. She was paired with Chiranjeet Chakraborty for the first time in Madhumoy (1986), which also stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Mahua Roychoudhury. Her pairing with Chakraborty conveyed major hits such as Mouna Mukhar (1987), Heerer Shikal (1988), Papi (1990), Tomar Rakte Amar Sohag (1993), Bhoy (1996), Beyadap (1996), Jiban Jouban (1997), Joddha (1987) and Debanjali (2000).

In 1987, she was paired with Prosenjit Chatterjee in Bimal Ray's Samrat O Sundari. The film was a major hit and gave acknowledgement to Roy's pairing with Prosenjit Chatterjee as a bankable one. Her other hits with Chatterjee are Ora Charjon (1988), Jhankar (1989), Ahankar (1991), Raktelekha (1992), Purushottam (1992), Rakter Swad (1993), Shraddhanjali (1993) and Nati Binodini (1994). Roy was paired with Chatterjee for the last time in Rituparno Ghosh's much acclaimed film Unishe April (1994). Roy essayed the role of Aditi, who decides to commit suicide after her boyfriend refused her to marry, but gets interrupted by her mother. India Today described her performance as an "inspired performance by Roy, who has so far been mired in Bengali commercial cinema."[60] Filmfare appreciated her performance.[61] The film won her the National Film Award for Best Actress category.[62][63] She also garnered critical acclaim for her roles in Sandhyatara (1994) and Cinemay Jeman Hoy (1994).[3]

Prosenjit Chatterjee and Debashree Roy during a photoshoot

After Roy had separated from Chatterjee, she refused to play female lead opposite the actor.[3] Which in turn leaves an ample scope to her two strong rivals Rituparna Sengupta and Satabdi Roy who were cast opposite Chatterjee in most of his films of late 1990s.[16] She portrayed the role of Sarada Devi in Swami Vivekananda (1998). She appeared in Tapan Sinha's Bengali film Ajab Ganyer Ajab Katha (1998), under the banner of Shree Venkatesh Films. She appeared in a cameo role in Tapan Sinha's Hindi film Daughters of This Century (1999). In 1999, she appeared in Rituparno Ghosh's Asukh, landing the character of Rohini Choudhury, an actress who is suspicious by nature and begins to suspect her father to be an HIV positive due to some illegitimate relation she is not aware of.

The film became a commercial as well as a major critical success. It won her Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Actress Award in 2000.[64]

In 2000, Roy appeared in Debanjali which became a major success at box office.[16][65]

She appeared in Subrata Sen's Ek Je Achhe Kanya (2001), which was major commercial success.[38] She was paired with Sabyasachi Chakrabarty in this film. She appeared in Goutam Ghose's much acclaimed Bengali film Dekha (2001), alongside Soumitra Chatterjee. In 2002, she appeared in Bappaditya Bandopadhyay's much acclaimed film Shilpantar. She played the character of a woman who works in a circus and draws masses by her act of eating raw live snakes or hens. In the same year, she played the character of Kadambari Devi in Sukanta Ray's film Chhelebela, alongside Jisshu Sengupta playing Rabindranath Tagore.[66]

2003 saw Roy appear in Shantimoy Bandopadhyay's Mejdidi[67] where she portrayed the titular role. The film failed to receive favourable review from critics yet became a major grosser at box office.[16][3]

Bickram Ghosh, Roy and Sourav Ganguly at Galaxy Park, Kolkata

In 2004, she appeared in Subhadro Chowdhury's National Award winning film Prohor,[68] where she played the character of Nadita, who donates her blood for a man who raped her earlier. In 2005, she appeared in Bratya Basu's Teesta. The film was a critical and commercial failure, still it earns her Anandalok Award for Best Actress in 2005.[69] After a series of flops such as Satabdir Golpo (2004), Sagar Kinare (2004), Ami Je Ke Tomar (2004) and Teesta (2005), she was paired with Mithun Chakrabarty in blockbuster films such as Yuddho (2005), MLA Fatakesto (2006) and Mahaguru (2007).[70]

Roy choreographed most of her dance numbers in Bengali films. Her dance to the popular song Ami Kolkatar Rosogolla[44] from Raktelekha (1992) was accreditted as the biggest factor for the film achieving an enormous success at box office.[38] Several of her other memorable choreographies includes her dance numbers such as Aar Koto Raat Eka Thakbo[45] from Chokher Aloy (1989), Baje Dhol Tak Dhina Dhin[46] from Aakrosh (1989) and Bajlo Je Ghungru[47] from Jhankar (1989).

Setback (2008–2017)[edit]

From 2008, Roy made some impolitic choices of selecting films that did not equalize her stature and led her career into a major setback. In 2008, she featured in a role of a sex worker in Nilanjan Bhattacharya's directorial debut Lal Ronger Duniya. The film emerged as a major critical and commercial failure.[1] She was credited for her performance in Goutam Sen's Bengali feature film Pakhi (2009). The Times of India wrote, "Debasree Roy gives a stellar performance with her act of a blind girl."[71] After a series of flops such as Anubhab (2009), Narak Guljar (2009), Pakhi (2009), Rahasya (2009), Thikana Rajpath (2010), Antarbas (2010) she once again met a major commercial success in Gaurav Pandey's film Shukno Lanka (2010), where she portrayed the character of a loving woman whose husband is indifferent to her.[72][73] The film was publicised on her dance to the popular number Sundari Kamala which was enormously loved by the audience.[1][16]

In the following years Roy once again met a series of box office disasters such as Ei Aranya (2011), Ekdin Thik (2011), Jibon Rang Berang (2011), Antare Bahire (2012), Bhalo Meye Mondo Meye (2012) and Life in Park Street (2012), Jakhan Esechhilem (2013).

In 2013, Roy featured in a role of a gynaecologist in Benoy Mittra's Antaraal. When Mittra narrated the plot to her, she loved the plot as well as her character.[74] She was up on her feet regarding the promotion of the film.[74] The film met critical as well as commercial success.[1] Times of India wrote, "After a long time Debasree seems to have taken a genuine interest both in the plot and her character."[75] Her next turn was Ujjal Chatterjee's Swabhoomi (2013) which was based on Mahasweta Devi's novel Adhaba.[76] The film turned out to be a major critical as well as commercial failure.[77] Roy was featured in Ashis Roy's Lattoo (2013) which once again became a major critical as well as commercial failure.[78] Her last release Hothat Dekha (2017) directed by Reshmi Mitra[79] also tanked at box office.[1][80][81]

Television career[edit]

Roy was interested to grow a career in television because she was always offered author-backed roles in television. She made her small screen debut in Soumitra Chatterjee starrer Bengali tv series Dena Paona.[33] Her other famous roles from Bengali TV series are that of Louhakapat, Nagarparer Roopnagar and Biraj Bou to name few.[33][38]

In 1988, she appeared as Satyavati in B.R.Chopra's Mahabharat.[22][40] In 1997, she gave birth to speculation and controversy for her role as Tishyarakshita in Nitish Roy's Samarpan aired on Zee Tv.[41]

Dance career[edit]

Roy was trained in Odissi by Kelucharan Mohapatra.[6] In 1991, she formed her troupe Natraj.[1] In 1991, she was hailed for Vasavdatta, a production by Natraj. It was a dance-drama where she translated classical Indian dance forms and their iconography into a solemn contemporary dance movements. It was based on Abhisar, a poem by Rabindranath Tagore.[12] She enacted the role of Vasabdatta, a celebrated coutesan who meets a young mendicant on her way and pleads him to accept her hospitality at her home. The mendicant assures her that he will accept only when the right time will come. Later, Vasavdatta is banished and left alone outside of her city as she has contracted a contagious disease. The mendicant comes, takes her into his arms and says that the time has come.[1] Roy was careful enough regarding the sobriety and delicacy while rehearsing it. Vasavdatta got full seat occupancy every time it was staged.[1][16]

Roy was exposed to Indian folk dances as well by Kelucharan Mohapatra and took a keen and sincere interest to adapt them on stage.[16] She ventured into an attempt to manifest the forms of folk dances of Bengal in Swapner Sandhane, the much acclaimed production of Natraj.[1] She was most applauded for her wider attempt to present the various forms of Indian folk dance in Bichitro, the first abroad production of Natraj. The project was critically acclaimed in western media. It was regarded as a valuable workshop on south-eastern Asian culture by Pariscope.[42] Bhashyo wrote: "She created a jugglery with those rapid change in posture and movement."[23][1]

Roy had an interrupted dance career due to her commitment to film industry. She was always in a dilemma regarding which to focus primarily on between dance and film. After the major success of Bichitro, Roy was persuaded by some of her close ones to pay priority to her dance over her film career as she was regarded as much more excellent as a dancer than an actress. As Roy was, at that time, the most bankable female star of Bengali cinema, directors and producers did not want her to focus less on her film career.[16] Besides, Roy was getting offered to essay a lot of substantial roles and she did not want to refuse them for the sake of her stage career. Later on, she ventured into Fusion art and collaborated with Taaltantra in some of their tours.[82] She rendered the nine moods of Bharata Muni's Natya Shastra in Navaras, where she exhibited an innovative dance form imbued with elements from Indian classical, tribal and folk dance.[83][43][82] She has been acclaimed for her vigour while dancing and to sustain this she has always been careful enough regarding the selection of the colour for her costumes, which ranged from tint, tone and shade to exotic ones.[1] She was also acclaimed for her use of mirrors and curtains on stage, which she claimed to have been used to vivify her presentation.[42][1]

Politics[edit]

Debashree, currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly from All India Trinamool Congress, successfully contested the West Bengal assembly elections 2011 against CPI(M) candidate and former minister Kanti Ganguly, from the Raidighi.[84]

Animal rights activity[edit]

“Man, Nature and the animal world are inextricably linked. One cannot survive without the other. We must treat our animals with compassion. We must co-exist with them as they are our friends.”

— Debashree Roy during an interview conducted by The Hindu[85]

Roy is the institutor of Debasree Roy Foundation, an ngo which works for the welfare of the stray animals.[5][3] The object of this ngo is to set up a good relation between mankind and animals. It also enlightens people about the various steps that one can take to prevent animal cruelty and take ample care of the animals.[86] It also organizes vaccination camps in different locations of Kolkata. Eminent veterinary professionals are assigned to preside over these camps.[25] She gave her backing to Humane Society International's campaign against testing cosmetics on animals.[87]

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, Roy met Sandeep Patil on the set of Kabhi Ajnabi The and reportedly, the actress got involved into an affair with the cricketer who was already married at that time. She was rumoured to be the sole reason for the failure of Patil's first marriage.[88] In 1985, soon after the release of Kabhi Ajnabi The, they discontinued their relationship and never publicly discussed anything about their separation.[89][88][58][90]

Prosenjit Chatterjee and Roy during their wedding rituals

In 1992, Roy got married to Prasenjit Chatterjee and they separated in 1995.[1][91]

“I don’t know when and how Chumki (Debasree Roy) and I fell in love. Ma and Chumki’s mom were best of friends and Chumki, Maku (Pallabi Chatterjee) and I were best buddies since childhood. Ma would always say that Chumki would be my wife one day. But I can vouch for the fact that not even for a day did Chumki and I go out or even watch a film together. We didn’t date. Suddenly, one day, Chumki came to my flat and said, ‘I want to marry you’. Huh! She said, ‘I’ve left my house and you have to marry me, right now’. At that moment I felt like I was some Prithviraj Chauhan! On top of the world! I was a big star then and I agreed and we tied the knot. Everything was going fine and then one day Chumki left me.”

- Prosenjit Chatterjee on his equation with Debashree Roy during an interview conducted by The Telegraph[92]

During an interview conducted by The Telegraph, Prosenjit Chatterjee said that Roy had been one of his close friends since childhood; he also said that it was Roy actually who proposed to get married and decided to separate.[92]

She is the maternal aunt of Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee.[93][94]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Work Result
National Film Award 1995 Best Actress Unishe April Won[8]
Banga Bibhushan 2014 Contribution in Cinema Won
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards 1992 Best Actress Thikana Won[9]
1997 Best Actress Unishe April Won[10]
2000 Best Actress Asukh Won[11]
Anandalok Puraskar 1999 Best Actress Daho Nominated
2000 Best Actress Asukh Nominated
2001 Best Supporting Actress Ek Je Ache Kanya Nominated
2005 Best Actress Teesta Won[14]
Kalakar Awards 1993 Best Actress Prem Won[13]
1994 Best Actress Sandhyatara Won[13]
1996 Best Actress Louhakapat Won[13]
2002 Best Actress Dekha Won[13]
2003 Best Actress Shilpantar Won[13]
Bharat Nirman Award 1999 Contribution in Film and Television Won[95]

Selected filmography[edit]

Status Year Film Language Director Co-actor
Debut 1966 Pagal Thakur Bengali Hiranmoy Sen Chhaya Devi[96]
Debut as an adult actress 1978 Nadi Theke Sagare Bengali Arabinda Mukhopadhyay Mithun Chakraborty[97]
Bollywood debut 1981 36 Chowringhee Lane English Aparna Sen Dhritiman Chatterjee[48]
Major commercial success 1971 Kuheli Bengali Tarun Majumdar Biswajit Chatterjee[98]
1978 Nadi Theke Sagare Bengali Arabinda Mukhopadhyay Mithun Chakraborty[97]
1980 Dadar Kirti Bengali Tarun Majumdar Ayan Banerjee[99]
1981 Jiyo To Aise Jiyo Hindi Kanak Mishra Arun Govil[27]
1981 Subarna Golak Bengali Manu Sen Prosenjit Chatterjee[100]
1982 Troyee Bengali Goutam Mukhopadhyay Mithun Chakraborty[101][16]
1983 Justice Chaudhury Hindi Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao Raj Kiran[29]
1985 Bhalobasa Bhalobasa Bengali Tarun Majumdar Tapas Paul[35]
1987 Samrat O Sundari Bengali Bimal Ray (Jr.) Prosenjit Chatterjee[102]
1989 Chokher Aloy Bengali Sachin Adhikari Prosenjit Chatterjee, Tapas Paul[103]
1989 Jhankar Bengali Sujit Guha Prosenjit Chatterjee[36]
1991 Ahankar Bengali Srikanta Guhathakurta Prosenjit Chatterjee[37]
1992 Raktelekha Bengali Ram Mukhopadhyay Prosenjit Chatterjee[104]
1994 Sandhyatara Bengali Prabhat Roy Sabyasachi Chakraborty[105]
1996 Unishe April Bengali Rituparno Ghosh Prosenjit Chatterjee[106]
1997 Jiban Jouban Bengali Dulal Bhoumik Chiranjeet Chakraborty[107]
2005 Yuddho Bengali Rabi Kinagi Mithun Chakraborty
Major critical success 1981 36 Chowringhee Lane English Aparna Sen Dhritiman Chatterjee[108]
1994 Cinemay Jemon Hoy Bengali Mrinmoy Chakraborty Arjun Chakraborty[109]
1996 Unishe April Bengali Rituparno Ghosh Prosenjit Chatterjee[106]
1997 Kaal Sandhya Hindi Bhabendra Nath Saikia Jatin Bora[110]
1998 Ajab Gayer Ajab Katha Bengali Tapan Sinha Debesh Roy Chowdhury[111]
1999 Asukh Bengali Rituparno Ghosh Silajit[112]
2001 Dekha Bengali Goutam Ghose Soumitra Chatterjee[113]
2002 Abaidha Bengali Gul Bahar Singh Chiranjeet Chakraborty[114][115]
2002 Shilpantar Bengali Bappaditya Bandopadhyay Subhasish Mukhopadhyay[116]
2004 Prohor Bengali Subhodro Chowdhury Silajit[117]
2010 Shukno Lanka Bengali Gaurav Pandey Sabyasachi Chakraborty[118][119]
Last hit 2013 Antaraal Bengali Benoy Mittra Harsh Chhaya[120]
Last release 2017 Hothat Dekha Bengali Reshmi Mitra Ilias Kanchan[121][122]

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