Kaushik Ganguly

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Kaushik Ganguly
Native name
কৌশিক গাঙ্গুলী
Kaushik Ganguly

(1968-08-04) 4 August 1968 (age 50)
OccupationDirector, actor, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Churni Ganguly
Parent(s)Sunil Ganguly (father)

Kaushik Ganguly is an Indian director, screenwriter and actor in Bengali cinema. He is known for his works that explore sexuality, like Ushnatar Janye (2003), which deals with a lesbian relationship, and Arekti Premer Golpo (2010), which examines transgender identity.[2] His other films explore various social issues.

Life and career[edit]

Ganguly was born in Kolkata on 4 August 1968 to noted instrumentalist Sunil Ganguly. He attended Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur and later Jadavpur University where he worked on a degree in Bengali literature.[3] While at university he started a theatre troupe with his future wife actress Churni Ganguly and Suman Mukhopadhyay (who would later become a film director). In 1987, Ganguly began working as a screenwriter for Tollywood films. In 1995, he moved to ETV Bangla to direct telefilms like Ushnatar Janye, Ulka and Aatithi.[4] These telefilms incorporated elements like lesbianism and sex determination that had not been depicted in Bengali television productions before.[2]

In 2004 Ganguly directed his first feature film Waarish starring Debashree Roy and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty.[4] It was a commercial failure,[5] but he continued in cinema with Shunyo E Buke (2005) starring Kaushik Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Churni Ganguly. It tells the story of an artist's unrealistic expectations regarding his wife's personal appearance.[6] It was screened at London's Tongues on Fire Film Festival in February 2004 and at Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.[7][8] In 2009 he released the low-budget comedy Brake Fail inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee films.[9] His next film Jackpot starring Koel Mallick and Hiran did very well at the box office. He cast director Rituparno Ghosh as the lead in his 2010 film Arekti Premer Golpo about a gay documentary filmmaker and a transgender Jatra actor. It won awards at the I-View Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.[3][10] On 9 September 2011 his latest film Rang Milanti released to positive reviews. Ganguly's next film Laptop starring Rahul Bose, Ananya Chatterjee, Rajesh Sharma, Saswata Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly and Gaurav Chakrabarty was selected for screening at the 42nd International Film Festival of India.[11]

Ganguly's Shabdo (2013) won the 60th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Bengali.[12] He won the best director award at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in November 2013 for Apur Panchali.At the 64th National Film Awards 2017, Kaushik Ganguly's Bishorjan bagged the Best Bengali Film award.[1]




Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Notes
2004 Waarish
2005 Shunyo E Buke
2005 Ek Mutho Chabi Co-director
2009 Brake Fail
2009 Jackpot
2010 Arekti Premer Golpo Silver Peacock in IFFI 2010, Goa, Berlin Film Festival,2010, Best Film Award in NY Film Festival, 2010
2011 Rang Milanti
2012 Laptop National Award in 2011 for Background Music, IFFI 2011, Goa, Indian Panorama, Dubai Film Festival 2011
2012 Shabdo National Award for Best Bengali Film and Sound Design in 2012, KFF 2011, IFFI 2012, Goa, Dubai Film Festival, Singapore Film festival 2012. Released in Kolkata on 2013.
2013 C/O Sir Singapore Film Festival 2013
2013 Apur Panchali Adaptation based on the real-life story of the actor acted as protagonist Apu in Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali
2014 Shabdo' in Hindi A Anurag Basu Production, Under pre-production
2014 Khaad Gargi Roy Choudhury, Kousik Gangully, Mimi, Saheb, Tanushree, Pallavi Chatterjee, Ardhendu Banerjee, Lily Chakraborty
2015 Chotoder Chobi
2016 Bastu Shaap
2016 Cinemawala
2017 Bishorjan
2017 Chaya O Chobi
2018 Drishtikone
2019 January Nagarkirtan
2019 january Dhumketu Dev, Shubhashree in lead role



  • 2005 Shunyo E Bukey
  • 2009 Jackpot
  • 2010 Arekti Premer Golpo
  • 2011 Rang Milanti
  • 2012 Laptop



  1. ^ Nag, Kushali (1 June 2010). "Reverse swing". Calcutta Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Joseph, Sherry (2005). Social work practice and men who have sex with men. SAGE. pp. 85–6. ISBN 0-7619-3352-2.
  3. ^ a b Dasgupta, Priyanka (28 September 2010). "I am thrilled: Kaushik Ganguly". Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b Mukherjee, Amrita (10 April 2003). "Churni, Kaushik debut on big screen with Waarish". Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Mixed menu for Poila Baisakh platter". Calcutta Telegraph. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  6. ^ "What men want". Calcutta Telegraph. 5 August 2004. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  7. ^ Jain, Madhu (20 July 2006). "Bengali Films go Sexual". DNA. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Mixed menu for Poila Baisakh platter". Calcutta Telegraph. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Kaushik Ganguly begins his new comedy". Trans World. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Boy shares jury prize at Indian film festival". NZPA/ONE News. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  11. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (14 April 2011). "Rahul Bose to shoot for Laptop". Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  12. ^ a b "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  13. ^ Ganguly, Ruman (7 April 2010). "Gaurav makes his dad proud". Time of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Kalakar award winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.

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