Jaya Ahsan

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Jaya Ahsan
Jaya Ahsan000 (cropped).jpg
Ahsan in 2017
Native name
জয়া আহসান
Jaya Maswood

1 July
  • Actress
  • film producer
Years active1997–present
Awardsfull list

Jaya Ahsan (née Maswood; born 1 July)[1][2] is a Bangladeshi actress and producer. Starting her career as a model and, later, as a television actress, she currently works mostly in Bangladeshi and Indian Bengali films.[3] She won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress four times for her performance in the films Guerrilla (2011), Chorabali (2012), Zero Degree (2015) and Debi (2018).[4] She is the only Bangladeshi actress to have won Filmfare Awards East, the East Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards.[5]

Early life[edit]

Ahsan was born to A. S. Maswood (d. 2012) and Rehana Maswood in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[6][7] She has a younger sister and brother. Along with her formal education, she took a diploma course in Rabindra Sangeet and training in classical music. She first appeared on television when she performed in the teledrama Panchami. She modeled for a calendar which caught the eye of Afzal Hossain, who later offered her work on a promotional advertisement for the soft drink Coca-Cola.[8] Afterwards, she left modeling and continued with her studies. She joined the newspaper Bhorer Kagoj, a national daily. After a brief stint at a children's school, she returned to modelling. Thereafter, she worked in Giasuddin Selim's Shongshoy. She also practices crafting and painting, which she demonstrated in art house productions like Enechhi Shurjer Hashi.[6]



Ahsan first appeared on television in an ad for Coca-Cola in 1997.[9] She debuted her acting career on television through the drama Panchomi, written by Shahidul Haque Khan.[9]

Having begun her career as a model in the late 1990s, Ahsan has since worked in numerous television dramas and serials. She established her reputation as an actress with roles as Monika in Labonyo Probha, Pushpo in Toukir Ahmed and Bipasha Hayat's teleplay Shonkhobash, and in Hatkura. She found Hatkura, set on the edge of a village in Rangpur District, a challenge. "I had to learn the dialect of Rangpur for the role. Actually, I had never been to a village before that. And it was a completely new experience for me", she said.[8] In Channel i's 2010-2011 serial Choita Pagol, she played the role of rural woman Alta. Ahsan said, "Alta is one of my favourite characters. I liked playing the role."[8] Her performance in Mejbaur Rahman Sumon's Tarporo Angurlata Nondoke Bhalobashe also cemented her position as an actress. She portrayed various characters in teledramas including: Sixty Nine (69), Tevaga, Shahortolir Alo, Tarpor Paruler Deen, Amader Choto Nodi, Mayesha, Jostna, Nodi Othoba Roshider Kichu Kolpo Drisyo, Amader Golpo and many more.[citation needed]

Ahsan played the role of a sex worker in the television play Tarporo Angurlata Nando Ke Bhalobashey in 2009.[10]


Ahsan debuted her film career as a guest artiste in the film Bachelor (2004), directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.[11] As the lead actress, she debuted in Nasiruddin Yousuff's film Guerrilla (2011)). Adapted from the novel Nishiddho Loban by Syed Shamsul Huq, the film was based on the events of the Bangladesh Liberation War. It narrates the tale of Bilkis Banu, played by Ahsan, a freedom fighter, who actively participates in the Liberation War while searching for her lost husband.[12] The film won National Film Awards in ten categories, including the Best Actress Award for Ahsan.[13]

Ahsan's second film, Chorabali (2012), was an action thriller directed by Redoan Rony.[14] She portrayed Noboni Afroz, a journalist, and won her second National Film Award for Best Actress Award.[15]

In 2013, Ahsan acted in an Indian Bangla film titled Aborto, directed by Arindam Sil.[16] She was nominated for the Filmfare Awards East for Best Debut Performance Female for her role in the film. She also received an official invitation to attend the 66th Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, she appeared in Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini, a Bangladeshi romantic film directed by Shafi Uddin Shafi. It was her first Bangladeshi film in collaboration with Shakib Khan. The couple acted in the sequel, Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini 2, released in 2015.

After a one-year break Zero Degree was her next venture. The film is a psychological thriller written and directed by Animesh Aich and was released on 15 January 2015. Ahsan won a National Film Award for best actress for her performance in the film. In 2015, Ahsan worked in two other Indian Bangla films — Rajkahini based on the 1947 east and west Bengal separation directed by Srijit Mukherji and Ekti Bangali Bhuter Goppo, a psycho-horror film directed by Indranil Roychowdhury. Ekti Bangali Bhuter Golpo was set for a world TV premier in Kolkata on 17 May in Zee Bangla Cinema. Jaya's much anticipated Rajkahini starring alongside Rituparna Sengupta, Abir Chatterjee, Parno Mittra, Sohini Sarkar, Rajatava Dutta and many others was released on 16 October 2015.

In 2017, Ahsan acted in Bishorjan alongside Abir Chatterjee and Kaushik Ganguly directed by Kaushik Ganguly himself, for which she received awards including Filmfare Awards, Zee Cine Awards and BFJA Awards for her performance portraying the character of Padma. In the same year, Jaya was honoured with the ABP Ananda Sera Bangali for achievement in acting. Her other two releases that year are Akram Khan's Khacha: The Cage and Manoj Michigan's Ami Joy Chatterjee.

In 2018, Ahsan performed in a courtroom drama Ek Je Chhilo Raja based on the historic Bhawal case directed by Srijit Mukjerji in a star cast including Jisshu Sengupta, Aparna Sen, Anjan Dutt, Rudranil Ghosh and others. She was also seen in Crisscross alongside Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, directed by Birsa Dasgupta. Debi, a film based on Humayun Ahmed's novel, was released on 19 October 2018. It is directed by Anam Biswas, starring Chanchal Chowdhury, Ahsan and Sabnam Faria in the lead roles.[17] The film was produced by Ahsan, as her first production from her production house C Te Cinema.[18] She received her fourth National Film Award for Best Actress and her seventh Meril Prothom Alo Award for Best Film Actress (Critics Choice) for her performance in this film.[19][20]

In 2019, her first release was Kaushik Ganguly's Bijoya, sequel to Bishorjan for which she won the Tele Cine Awards for Best Actress and Best Jodi alongside her co-star Abir Chatterjee.[21] Then she was seen in Arnab Paul's debut Brishty Tomakey Dilam, a psychological thriller based on split personality disorder. She received the 'Dashobhuja Bangali 2019' award from the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association. Next she did Konttho which released on 10 May directed by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee starring Shiboprosad Mukherjee himself, Paoli Dam where Jaya plays the role of a speech therapist. After that she teamed up with Atanu Ghosh for his upcoming movie Bini Sutoy alongside Ritwick Chakraborty where she will also do a playback. Jaya also wrapped up shooting for another Atanu Ghosh film titled Robibar starring with Prosenjit Chatterjee for the first time. She has finished Soukarya Ghosal's fantasy horror Bhoot Pori and soon start shooting for Kaushik Ganguly's next titled Ardhangini starring alongside Churni Ganguly.


Ahsan is also a singer and took diploma courses in Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet. She did playback in few films, such as "Tomer Khola Hawa" in Dubshatar and "Jongoler Daak" in Mesidona. She will next sing in her upcoming movie Bini Sutoy.[citation needed]

Other Activities[edit]

Ahsan is a craftswoman and a visual-artist, which she demonstrated in art-house movie productions like Enechhi Shurjer Hashi. She was chosen as a brand ambassador for USAID (US Agency for International Development) to help women and children. In 2019, Ahsan was chosen as the brand ambassador of Bangamata U-19 Women's International Gold Cup.

Personal life[edit]

Ahsan married Faisal, a television model, on 14 May 1998.[22] The couple sometimes performed in the same television ad.[11] Together they ran an event management company.[23]


Year Title Role Director Country Notes
2004 Bachelor Shaila Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Bangladesh Special Appearance
2010 Dubshatar Renuka Rahman Nurul Alam Atique Bangladesh
2011 Phirey Esho Behula Tanima Tanim Noor Bangladesh
Guerrilla Bilkis Banu Nasiruddin Yousuff Bangladesh
2012 Chorabali Noboni Afroz Redwan Rony Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress
  • Meril Prothom Alo Award for Best Actress
2013 Aborto Charu Sen Arindam Sil India Nominated for Filmfare Awards East Best Debutant Female
Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini Zara Shafi Uddin Shafi Bangladesh Meril Prothom Alo Awards for Best Film Actress
2015 Zero Degree Saniya Animesh Aich Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated for Meril Prothom Alo Awards for Best Film Actress
Ekti Bangali Bhooter Goppo Amrita Datta Indranil Roy Chowdhury India Zee Bangla Cinema original production
Rajkahini Rubina Srijit Mukherji India Tele Cine Awards for Best Supporting Actress
2016 Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini 2 Mitu Shafi Uddin Shafi Bangladesh Sequel to Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini
Eagoler Chokh Shibangi Arindam Sil India Nominated for Filmfare Awards East 2017 Best Actress
Bhalobashar Shohor Annapurna Das Indranil Roy Chowdhury India Short film
2017 Bishorjan Padma Kaushik Ganguly India
Khacha Sarojini Akram Khan Bangladesh
Aami Joy Chatterjee Dr Aditi Roy Manoj Michigan India
2018 Putro N/A Saiful Islam Mannu Bangladesh Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Film 2018
Debi Ranu Anam Biswas Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress
  • Bachsas Awards for Best Actress
  • Meril Prothom Alo Awards for Best Film Actress (Critics Choice)
  • Bharat Bangladesh Film Award 2019 for Best Actress (Lead)
Ek Je Chhilo Raja Mrinmayee Devi Srijit Mukherji India
Crisscross Miss Sen Birsa Dasgupta India
2019 Bijoya Padma Kaushik Ganguly India Tele Cine Awards 2019 for Best Actress and Best Jodi
Brishti Tomakey Dilam Brishti Arnab Paul India
Konttho Romilla Nandita Roy, Shiboprosad Mukherjee India

Television work[edit]


  • Amader Choto Nodi
  • Choita Pagol
  • Coffee House
  • Dorjar Opashe
  • Enechhi Shurjer Hashi (2004)[24]
  • Labbonno Probha
  • Mone Mone
  • Manush Badal
  • Neer
  • Polayon Porbo
  • Sixty Nine (69)
  • Shonkhobash
  • Shomporker Golpo
  • Shongshoy
  • Tebhaga


  • Americana
  • Amader Golpo
  • Aunuposthit Chinho
  • Anonto Adhora
  • Bikol Pakhir Gaan
  • Bhalobashi Tai, Bhalobeshe Jai
  • Bumerang
  • Cheri-Phuler Name Nam
  • Chondrabotir Lottery
  • Chor O Novelist
  • Daliya
  • Denjru
  • De Dour
  • Ebong Autopor
  • Ebong Bonolota Sen
  • Ferar Poth Nei, Chilo Na Kono Kale
  • Fifth Anniversary
  • Gorambhath Athoba Nichok Bhooter Golpo
  • Ghum Ghar
  • Grohonkal
  • Ghum
  • Halloween
  • Horton-er Bibi
  • Hutkura
  • Jononir Kanna
  • Jostna, Nodi Othoba Roshider Kichu Kolpo Drisyo
  • Jaal
  • Journey By Boat
  • Jontro-Na
  • Koyekti Neel Rongpencil
  • Kingkortobbo
  • Kuashar Bhitor Mrittur Shomoy
  • Kuhok
  • Maya Athoba Mrittur Galpo
  • Madhobi Upakkhan
  • Mayesha
  • No Mans Land
  • Na Komola Na Meherjaan
  • Nirjon Shakkhor
  • Neel Botam
  • Nokkhotro Ghas Chondro Mollikar Raat
  • Off Beat
  • Obak Sondesh
  • Oshomapto Ghor
  • Panjabiwala
  • Poth Geche Beke
  • P.O.Box
  • Projapoti
  • Raajkonna
  • Shohor Tolir Alo
  • Shomporker Dana
  • Sambala
  • Tarpor Paruler Din
  • Tarporo Angurlata Nandoke Valobase
  • Traceless
  • Topur Cycle
  • The Facebook


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