Gaurav Chakrabarty

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Gaurav Chakrabarty
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Gaurav Chakrabarty
Native name গৌরব চক্রবর্তী
Born (1987-03-06) 6 March 1987 (age 30)
Calcutta, India
Other names Niki
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Partner(s) Ridhima Ghosh
Parent(s) Sabyasachi Chakrabarty; Mithu Chakrabarty
Relatives Arjun Chakrabarty (brother)

Gaurav Chakrabarty[1] is an Indian Bengali film and television actor best known for his portrayal of the character Prodipto Lahiri in the Bengali musical TV series Gaaner Oparey that aired on Star Jalsha from 28 June 2010 to 16 April 2011, and specially for the Bengali classic periodic thriller TV series Byomkesh (2014-2015), where he played the role of iconic Bengali detective Byomkesh Bakshi. He hails from a family which has had a legacy of association with the Bengali cultural arena, starting from Jochhon Dastidar and Chandra Dastidar (his paternal great uncle and aunt), Bijon Bhattacharya (his paternal great uncle), Jagadish and Monika Chakrabarty (his paternal grandparents), and his parents Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Mithu Chakrabarty. He debuted on the big screen in Kaushik Ganguly's Rang Milanti, one of the most appreciated films of the year 2011.[2]

Education[edit]

Chakrabarty had his schooling at the Assembly of God Church School in Kolkata.[3] He subsequently earned a degree in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, and completed his postgraduation in Video Editing from the Film and Television Institute of India at Pune (FTII).[4]

Early life[edit]

Gaurav got involved in theatre from a young age as part of the group Charbak, where he not only assisted in the backstage work (audio technician in the play Rong, Doodh Kheyechhe Meow and the runaway success Cholo Potol Tuli), but also acted as 'Topshe' in the play Apsara Theatre-er Mamla based on Satyajit Ray's thriller of the same name, under the direction of his father, who himself played the role of Feluda.[5] During his St. Xavier's days, he was roped in to play the lead in a documentary on HIV-Aids, Isolation, by teenage filmmaker Sangbit Samaddar, who was at that time, only a Class 12 student of South Point High School.[6]

His acting debut on the small screen happened post his FTII stint, when he was given a small role in the telefilm BaghNokh by Kaushik Ganguly, which aired on ETV Bangla as part of a weekly series.[3] However, his claim to fame was through the critically acclaimed Bengali musical TV series Ganer Opare which also saw the debut of his sibling Arjun Chakrabarty as the male lead Gora.

Career[edit]

Gaurav was launched in his first major project, along with his younger sibling Arjun Chakrabarty, in the Star Jalsha megaserial Gaaner Opare produced by Ideas Creations Pvt. Ltd, the production company helmed by the Tollywood hero Prosenjit Chatterjee. Gaaner Opaarey was conceived by the channel as a tribute to the poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary, and would explore his applicability in the increasingly Westernized modern Bengali society.[7] With a script penned initially by actor and director Rituparno Ghosh and later by Anuja Chattopadhyay (who had previously worked on other serials like Ekhane Aakash Neel), the serial is widely credited for having brought back the educated Tagore-loving, intellectual Bengali audience in front of the television. Even though it ran for only about ten months, the show catapulted the young cast, primarily Gaurav, Arjun and Mimi Chakrabarty (who played the female lead) to fame within that short span of time.[8] Chakrabarty's character 'Prodipto Lahiri', in spite of not being the official male lead, found a cult following, largely due to its controlled and understated portrayal.

Gaurav made his silver screen debut with the film Rang Milanti, a romantic comedy directed by Kaushik Ganguly, that released in September 2011 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. He played the character 'Rik', a serious and docile software engineer in love with an ad-agency employee Kamalika (Ridhima Ghosh).[9] He also featured in the ensemble cast for Kaushik's movie, Laptop (released on 13 April 2012), which was selected for screening at the Indian Panorama section of the 42nd International Film Festival of India at Goa (IFFI 2011: 23 Nov. – 3 Dec.).[10] The film also had an international premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF 2011), where it competed for the Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards for feature films.[11] Laptop found Gaurav in the garb of a computer science master's student Jion, who also doubled up as the personal tutor of Ridhima Ghosh's character Raya, an aspiring model. That apart, he plays a Muslim lad Anwar, in love with a singer Kuhu (Ridhima Ghosh again), in Abhijit Dasgupta's Aashbo Aar Ekdin, co-directed by Arindam Sil. The ensemble cast has other big names like Abir Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Roopa Ganguly, Alokananda Roy, and others. He also appears as Indrajit Pratap Roy in Haranath Chakraborty's Chhayamoy based on Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's story of the same name, and as Prasit in Atanu Ghosh's upcoming directorial venture (his 4th overall on big screen) Rupkatha Noy.[12]

Besides films, Gaurav has been keeping up with his theatre work and can be seen regularly as 'Topshe' in Apsara Theatre-er Mamla. He also starred in the Star Jalsha tele-serial Adwitiya which wrapped up recently (2 March 2012). There, he played the role of Robi Kiran Choudhury, the elder brother to protagonist Chandra Kiran Choudhury, played by Indrasish Roy. Robi Kiran, a far cry from the likes of Prodipto and Rik, was a power-hungry but educated village chief, whose life was governed by the schemes he designed to establish and maintain his political and social supremacy over his native village in the Sundarbans.[13]

Work[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Director Character Notes
2011 Rang Milanti Kaushik Ganguly Rik
2012 Laptop Kaushik Ganguly Jiyon
2013 Chhayamoy Haranath Chakraborty Indrajit Pratap
2013 Rupkatha Noy Atanu Ghosh Prasit
2013 Ashbo Arek Din Abhijit Dasgupta Anwar
2014 Highway Sudipto Chattopadhyay Dhrubo
2014 Apur Panchali Kaushik Ganguly Arko
2014 Aagun Joydeep Mukherjee Binoy Unreleased
2015 Fakebook Sanjay Bardhan Suman Naskar
2016 Eagoler Chokh Arindam Sil SI Sanjib Das Special appearance
2016 Gangster Birsa Dasgupta Ajay Special appearance
2016 Colkatay Columbus Saurav Palodhi Balahori Roy
2016 Double Feluda Sandip Ray Ranajit
2017 The Bongs Again Anjan Dutt Anindya

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
2010-11 Gaaner Oparey Prodipto Lahiri (Parallel lead) Star Jalsha
2011-12 Adwitiya Rabikiran Chowdhury (Lead Antagonist) Star Jalsha
2014–15 Byomkesh Byomkesh Bakshi (Lead Role) Colors Bangla
2016 Mahanayak Biswanath (based on Biswajit Chatterjee) Star Jalsha

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Director
2007 Apsara Theatre-er Mamla Topshe Sabyasachi Chakrabarty
2013 Ekhon Tokhon Baradakanto Arindam Ganguly
2016 Chitey Gur Siddhartha Arindam Ganguly
2017 Mushkil Asan Saralakkha Home Arindam Ganguly

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film/TV show Result
2012 Star Guide Bengali Film Awards Best Male Debut Rang Milanti Won
International Bangla Film Academy Awards Promising Face of the Year Nominated
Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards Shobcheye Priyo Kholnayak Adwitiya Won
2014 Tele Academy Award Best actor in a leading role Byomkesh Won
2016 Solo room award Best young talent Contribution in Bengali film industry Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In his genes". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Nag, Kushali (12 September 2011). "Rang Milanti premiere". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 
  3. ^ a b "Gaurav makes his dad proud". The Times Of India. 7 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "More friend than father". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 20 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Nag, Kushali (24 December 2007). "Feluda cracks theatre code". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 
  6. ^ Banerjee, Malini (9 August 2008). "Hold on to hope". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 
  7. ^ Sengupta, Reshmi (28 May 2010). "A soapy Tagore tribute". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 
  8. ^ "Television 2010". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 30 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Nag, Kushali (8 September 2010). "Colour me young". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 
  10. ^ "Singer Jojo is in Kaushik's Laptop". Tollyrise. 24 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "True Celebration of Indian Cinema at Dubai Fest". NDTV Movies. 23 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Atanu's tribute to Soumitra Chatterjee". The Times Of India. 5 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Good to bad but not so ugly". The Times Of India. 26 July 2011. 

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