25 December 1982
Mahisha, West Bengal, India
Member of Parliament (MP)
|Political party||All India Trinamool Congress|
|Deepak Adhikari (Dev)|
|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||Gurudas Dasgupta|
|Constituency||Ghatal, West Bengal|
Dev (Bengali: দেব) (born Deepak Adhikari on 25 December 1982) is an Indian film actor, producer, entertainer, singer and politician. He made his acting debut in the 2006 film Agnishapath. He is one of the biggest superstars and highest paid actors in Bengali cinema.
Recently, Dev has been hosting one of the biggest Bengali dance reality shows, Dance Bangla Dance, which was earlier hosted Mithun Chakraborty. He is now also an honorable Member of Parliament of India from the Ghatal constituency, as a candidate, from the party All India Trinamool Congress.
Dev was born in Mahisha, a small village near Keshpur, to Guru and Mousumi Adhikari. He has a sister, Deepali. His nickname is Raju. He spent his childhood living with his maternal uncle in Chandrakona; after that, he was brought up in Mumbai. He attended Purushottam High School, in Bandra, and Bharatiya Vidyapeeth University, in Pune, receiving a Diploma in Computer engineering from the latter. After receiving his diploma, Dev returned to Mumbai and started his film career as an observer on the set of Abbas-Mustan's Taarzan: The Wonder Car. He also did an acting course at the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Academy.
His first role as actor was in the 2005 film Agnishapath, directed by Prabir Nandi, opposite Rachana Banerjee. The film did not perform well at the box office and was declared a flop. By this point, the film I Love You, directed by Ravi Kinnagi, was in development at Shree Venkatesh Films. Dev met with the producers and gained the male lead role.
Despite the financial success of I Love You, Dev did not take on any other roles for about 14 months. He went to Mumbai, and, dedicated to improving himself, learned dance and trained under fight choreographer Aejaz Gulab (of Shootout at Lokhandwala and Mission Istaanbul).
Dev did item songs like "Pante Tali," as special appearance in the film Chirodini Tumi Je Amar, the track as well as the video were very successful. He also performed an additional item number in the film Jackpot, directed by Kaushik Ganguly. The song was a remake of "Jibone ki Pabona," a track originally performed by Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. As special appearance Dev also appeared in Ekti Tarar Khonje directed by Abhik Mukhopadhyay.
In December 2010, Indian romantic Bengali film Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo starring Dev and Srabanti Chatterjee released, directed by Sujit Mondol and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. This is the second collaboration between Dev and Sujit Mondol. This movie was one of the biggest hits of 2010. The title track of the movie being shot at Switzerland is one of the best romantic songs of tollywood ever. The chemistry between Dev and Srabanti is so mellifluous that it added a new flavour which was tremendously appreciated by the audience and critics. The film had an item number by Samidh and Rishi "Khokababu jaye, Lal juto paye" which was the entry song for Dev in the movie. The song's choreographer Baba Yadav said, "Dev has done a great job. There's no doubt that he is an amazing dancer...What I like about Dev is the fact that he enjoys dancing. This shows in his movements." "Khokababu jaye, Lal juto paye" was the costliest song of Tollywood (costing nearly 50-60 million) until the release of Khokababu in January 2012, which contained the costlier item number, "Dance maare Khokababu".
In June 2011, Dev starred alongside Koel Mallick in Paglu, directed by Rajib Biswas. Produced by Surinder Films, this movie was the highest opener in Tollywood history before Challenge 2 was released in October 2012. Paglu is highest in terms of earning T.R.P on Bengali television till date, having a T.R.P of 12.25, when it was telecast on Star Jalsha. It even left 3 Idiots behind in the T.R.P. battle. As per Sree Venkatesh distribution head, Debasis Sarkar – "Paglu released in 166 theatres across Bengal in the first week. The second week has seen the number of theatres rising to 169. The movie is running in 17 theatres in Kolkata. The gross collections till Monday's (13 June) matinee show have crossed Rs 50 million." The film was a box-office success. This film also introduced martial art in Bengali cinema and Dev as the first martial art hero. The director said – " Dev was superb with the action sequences. He did some martial art stunts and also learnt kickboxing for two months only for my movie. I was amazed with his dedication. Bengali films haven't ever seen such action sequences before. There is a train and a bike chase sequence that was shot by Zoyeb and Dev. I was literally scared when they were shooting this sequence without any body double. Hats off to their courage".
In November 2011, his movie Romeo, directed by Sujit Mondol and co-starring Subhashree Ganguly, was released and earned Dev commendations from all sections of audience and from critics. The movie also saw Dev-Subhashree, the most talked about jodi (pair) of Tollywood and that too after two years. In December, a biography of Dev entitled Aami Dev, was released by Greymind Publications.
In January 2012, Dev starred in Khokababu, the 2nd highest-grossing Tollywood film, once again opposite Subhashree Ganguly. The film directed by Shankar Aiyya and produced by Ashok Dhanuka Himanshu Dhanuka of Eskay Movies, is the longest running movie of 2012, remaining in theatre for more than 300 days. The film had an item number "Dance Maare Khokababu" which was the costliest song of Tollywood till Challenge 2 released in October 2012, whose title track "Challenge nibi na sala" broke the record to become the costliest song till now made in Tollywood.
In November 2011, as a special appearance in Raj Chakraborty's serial 'Sobinoy Nibedon' in Sananda TV, with a bevy of beauties wrapped around him, Dev showed his Romeo side, dancing to Ami Romeo, Khokababu jaye, Gal mitthi mitthi bol and Paglu thoda sa karle romance. "I wish Naina and Joydeep a very happy married life," Dev later told t2. Again in March 2012, Dev appeared in a holi special show 'Ronger Anandey' at Sananda TV.
In April 2010 and again in December 2011, he entered as a special guest in Mirakkel Akkel Challenger, an Indian Reality Show on Zee Bangla hosted by Mir Afsar Ali and directed by Subhankar Chattopadhyay. He also came as special guest in many shows such as Dadagiri Season 2, Season 4 etc. Dev became the main coach and judge of Dance Bangla Dance in the show's eighth season, replacing Mithun Chakraborty.
Dev has given many stage performances and has participated in several concerts. In 2007, he performed in the Bengal Film Journalists' Association(BFJA) awards 2007. In 2009, he performed in ETV bangla prathama in a Bengali TV channel ETV Bangla. He performed in a concert also, Mon Mane Na concert in 2009. Being a terrific dancer, he's also a brilliant stage performer. He also performed in many award functions as in Star Jalsha Entertaintment Awards 2009, Star Jalsha Entertaintment Awards 2010, Zee Banglar Gourav Samman 2011, Star Jalsha Entertaintment Awards 2011, Jaya Hey, Zee Bangalar Gourav Samman 2012.
Dev has had special appearances in many films. In 2009, he made a cameo appearance in the item song "Pante tali" of Chirodini Tumi Je Amar directed by Raj Chakraborty and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. The song was one of the leading chartbuster songs of the year. In the same year he appeared in an additional item number "Jibone ki Pabona" in the film Jackpot, directed by Kaushik Ganguly. The song was a cover of a track originally performed by Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee.
In the Media
Dev topped the list Calcutta Times Most Desirable Men in the year 2013.
In addition to his films, he also endorses several brands, such as Vivel-ITC Limited, Royal Stag, Shricon TMT Bars, Bakefresh Biscuits, and the television channel Jalsha Movies.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|I Love You||2007||Rahul||Rabi Kinagi||Remake of Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana which itself was a remake of Maine Pyaar Kiya|
|Premer Kahini||2008||Akash||Rabi Kinagi||Remake of Mungaru Male, Vinay Rai in Vaana|
|Chirodini Tumi Je Amar||2008||Unknown||Raj Chakraborty||Cameo appearance in the song "Pant E Tali"|
|Mon Mane Na||2008||Akash||Sujit Guha||Remake of French Kiss|
|Jackpot||2009||Unknown||Kaushik Ganguly||Cameo appearance in the song "Jibone Ki Pabo Na"|
|Challenge||2009||Abir||Raj Chakraborty||Remake of Bunny|
|Paran Jai Jaliya Re||2009||Raj||Rabi Kinagi||Remake of R Namastey London|
|Dujone||2009||Akash||Rajib Biswas||Remake of Nuvvu Nenu|
|Bolo Na Tumi Aamar||2010||Abhishek||Sujit Mondal||Remake of Happy|
|Le Chakka||2010||Abir||Raj Chakraborty||Remake of Chennai 600028|
|Ekti Tarar Khonje||2010||Himself||Abhik Mukhopadhyay||Cameo appearance|
|Dui Prithibi||2010||Shibu||Raj Chakraborty||Remake of Gamyam|
|Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo||2010||Abir||Sujit Mondal||Remake of Parugu|
|Paglu||2011||Dev||Rajib Biswas||Remake of Devadasu|
|Romeo||2011||Siddhartha Roy (Sidhu)||Sujit Mondal||Remake of Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam|
|Khokababu||2012||Abir/Khoka||Shankar Aiyya||Remake of Dhee|
|Paglu 2||2012||Dev||Sujit Mondal||Remake of R Kandireega|
|Challenge 2||2012||Abhiraj Roy||Raja Chanda||Remake of R Dookudu|
|Bawali Unlimited||2012||Jay||Sujit Mondal||Cameo appearance|
|Khoka 420||2013||Krish/Krishna||Rajib Biswas||Remake of Brindavanam|
|Rangbaaz||2013||Raj||Raja Chanda||Remake of Chirutha|
|Chander Pahar||2013||Shankar Roy Chowdhury||Kamaleshwar Mukherjee||Adapted from the epic Bengali novel, Chander Pahar, written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay|
|Obhishopto Nighty||2014||Himself||Birsa Dasgupta||Cameo appearance|
|Bindaas||2014||Abhimanyu||Rajib Biswas||Remake of Mirchi|
|Buno Haansh||2014||Amal||Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury||Adapted from the Bengali novel, Buno Haansh, written by Samaresh Majumdar. Buno Haansh is nominated for Oscar Award|
|Yoddha: The Warrior||2014||Rudra/Abhi||Raj Chakraborty||Remake of Magadheera|
|Herogiri||2015||Shuvo/Raj||Rabi Kinagi||Remake of Balupu|
|Sudhu Tomari Jonno||2015||Birsa Dasgupta|
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|Name of the film||Banner|
Awards and nominations
|2009||Anandalok Awards||Anandalok Awards for Best Actor||Challenge||Won|
|2009||Anandalok Awards||Anandalok Awards for Best Action Hero||Challenge||Won|
|2010||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2010||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2010 for Best Actor||Poran Jaye Jolia Re||Won|
|2010||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2010||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2010 for Best Actor||Dujone||Nominated|
|2010||Tele Cine Awards 2010||Tele Cine Awards 2010 for Best Actor||Challenge||Won|
|2010||Kalakar Awards 2010||Kalakar Awards 2010 for Best Actor||Challenge||Won|
|2010||Star Ananda Shera Bangali awards 2010||STAR Ananda Shera notun Protibha Award||Won|
|2010||Anandalok Awards 2010||Anandalok Awards 2010 for Best Actor (Male)||Le Chakka||Won|
|2011||Big Bangla Movie Awards 2011||Big Bangla Movie Awards 2011 for Best Actor of the decade||Won|
|2011||Anandalok Awards||Anandalok Awards for Best Actor||Paglu||Nominated|
|2011||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2011||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2011 for Best Dancing Sensation||Won|
|2011||Zee Bangla Awards 2011||Zee Bangla Awards 2011 for Best Actor||Le Chakka||Nominated|
|2012||Star Guide Bengali film Awards 2012||Star Guide Bengali film Awards 2012 for Best Actor||Paglu||Won|
|2012||Anandalok Awards 2012||Anandalok Awards 2012 for Best Actor (Male)||Paglu 2||Nominated|
|2012||Zee Bangla Awards 2012||Zee Bangla Awards 2012 for Best Actor||Khokababu||Won|
|2012||12th Tele Cine Awards 2012||12th Tele Cine Awards 2012 for Best Actor||Paglu||Won|
|2012||Kalakar Awards 2012||Kalakar Awards 2012 for Best Actor||Paglu||Won|
|2013||13th Tele Cine Awards 2013||13th Tele Cine Awards 2013 for Best Actor||Challenge 2||Nominated|
|2013||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2013||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2013 for Best Dancing Sensation||Won|
|2013||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2013||Star Jalsha Entertainment Awards 2013 for Best Debut Singing||Khokababu||Won|
|2014||Most Desirable Tollywood Actor 2014 (Public Poll)||Best Actor||Khoka 420,Rangbaaz and Chander Pahar||Won|
|2014||Tollywood National Award 2014||Best Actor||Chander Pahar||Won|
|2014||Tollywood National Award 2014||Best Romantic Hero||Khoka 420||Nominated|
|2014||Tollywood National Award 2014||Best Action Hero||Rangbaaz||Won|
|2014||Kalakar Awards 2014||Kalakar Awards 2014 for Best Actor||Rangbaaz and Chander Pahar||Won|
|2014||B.F.J.A Award||Best Actor||Khokababu||Won|
|2014||Mahanayak Samman by Government of West Bengal||Won|
|2014||Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Awards 2014||Best Actor||Chander Pahar||Won|
|2014||Anandalok Awards||Best Actor||Chander Pahar||Won|
|2014||Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Awards 2014||Best Dancing Sensation||Won|
|2014||Filmfare Awards East||Global East People's Choice Filmfare Award||Won|
|2014||14th Tele Cine Awards 2014||14th Tele Cine Awards for Best Actor||Chander Pahar||Nominated|
|2014||14th Tele Cine Awards 2014||14th Tele Cine Awards for Best Jodi (Dev-Koel)||Rangbaaz||Nominated|
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- "GENERAL ELECTION TO LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY TRENDS & RESULT 2015". eciresults.nic.in. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
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- "The STAR Ananda Shera Bangali 2010 Awards". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 12 June 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
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- "Joining the fight club". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
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- "Subhashree is my Juliet: Dev". The Times of India. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
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- "Dev, Subhashree to star in Sujit's next". Times of India. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
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- "Welcome to Fight club!". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
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- "Chinni Prakash and Bosco Caesar make Dev-Subhashree match steps with them". Times of India. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
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- "Sananda TV Dev, Barkha and Nusrat get groovy with the Sananda T.V team for Holi ...". article.wn. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "Mirakkel Akkel Challenger Zee Bangla". Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Dev dancing with laugh in Mirakkel". Zimbio. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Mirakkel Akkel Challenger 6 Dec 27, Dev Special". Zee Bangla. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Dev to debut on small screen as Dance Bangla Dance judge?". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "Dev Performance in BFJA Awards 2007". Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "Zee Bangla Gourav Samman 2011 – Performance By Dev & Koyal Part 1". Zee Bangla. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "TMC, BJP’s glam factor wards off veterans". Indian Express. 17 May 2014.
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- "Seagram signs Dev as brand ambassador for Royal Stag". Best Media Info (Calcutta, India). 13 February 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Actor Dev as the brand ambassador for Shricon TMT Bars". India Blooms (Calcutta, India). 5 April 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Shricon ropes in Bengali actor Dev as brand ambassador". The Hindu (Calcutta, India). 5 April 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
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- "Bakefresh Biscuits will be initially launched across Orissa & West Bengal with Bengali Movies Rising Star 'Dev' as their Brand Ambassador". Bakefresh Biscuits Pvt. Ltd. (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "STAR Network to launch Jalsha Movies". MediaMughals (Calcutta, India). 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
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