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|Occupation||Film director, Screenwriter, Actor|
|Known for||Meghe Dhaka Tara|
Kamaleswar Mukherjee is a Bengali film director and ad maker. As of August 2018, he has directed nine movies. The two most noteworthy films of his are Chander Pahar (Mountain of Moon) and Meghe Dhaka Tara.
Mukherjee is a physician by training, and an alumnus of the Medical College and Hospital of Kolkata, when it was affiliated with the University of Calcutta. He transitioned from the medical profession to the advertising world, and then to filmmaking. After working as an advertisement filmmaker, Mukherjee wrote dialogues, screenplays, and songs for Amit Sengupta's film Natobor Notout (2010).
His directorial debut, the well acclaimed film Uro Chithi was released in 2011. This film interwove 12 text messages with 12 different characters, combining shades of life spanning across 12 months. His next venture was Meghe Dhaka Tara, inspired by the life and works of Bengali filmmaker, Ritwik Ghatak. The film attempts to portray the period of Ghatak's life when he was admitted into a mental asylum for treatment. Meghe Dhaka Tara was the most critically acclaimed film in Bengali film circuit, and it won the IFFI Centenary award.
His next film was Chander Pahar (2013), based on a novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. Chander Pahar is the second costliest film made in Bengali language and is still the biggest blockbuster in the history of Bengali cinema. The film is shot in Africa and stars Dev, a popular Bengali actor. He also made a film Khawto, starring Prasenjit Chatterjee. In 2017, Mukherjee wrote and directed Amazon Obhijaan, the sequel to Chander Pahar. He also recently shot a film called Mukhomukhi.
Mukherjee is an play writer, director and the founder member of Kolkata‐based theatre group Shailushik. He is also trained in photography and computer graphics.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2013||Meghe Dhaka Tara||Yes||Yes||* Centenary Award at International Film Festival of India, Goa 2013 |
* Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Director at International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
* NETPAC Award International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
|Chander Pahar||Yes||No||* Nominated for Filmfare Awards East for Best Director – Bengali |
* Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Awards for Best Director
* Kalakar Awards for Best Director
|2014||Obhishopto Nighty||Yes||As a news reporter (Cameo)|
|Khaad||Yes||As Rajib, a trekker|
|2015||Arshinagar||Yes||As Salim Saab,a music teacher|
|13 Number Tarachand Lane||Yes||Yes||A Zee Bangla Originals Release|
|Meghnad Badh Rahasya||Yes|
|2018||Kabir||No||No||Yes||IPS Dulal Roy Chattopadhyay|
Awards and nominations
- Centenary Award at International Film Festival of India, Goa 2013 (Meghe Dhaka Tara)
- Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Director at International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013 (Meghe Dhaka Tara)
- NETPAC Award International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013 (Meghe Dhaka Tara)
- Nominated for Filmfare Awards East for Best Director – Bengali - (Chander Pahar)
- Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Award for Best Director - (Chander Pahar)
- Kalakar Awards for Best Director - (Chander Pahar)
- Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (23 February 2019). "Filming begins today... First look poster of #Bengali film #Password... Stars Dev, Parambrata, Paoli Dam, Rukmini Maitra and Adrit... Directed by Kamaleswar Mukherjee... 4 Oct 2019 release. t.co/kuwuhJk8hz" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- India, Press Trust of (11 November 2017). "Amazon Obhijaan graphic novel launched" – via Business Standard.
- "Amazon Obhijaan graphic novel launched". India Today.
- "Awards at IFFK 2013". The New Indian Express. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- Chander Pahar