Partho Sen-Gupta

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Partho Sen-Gupta
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Sen-Gupta in 2017
Born (1965-09-02) 2 September 1965 (age 54)
Alma materLa Femis
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, art director, production designer, producer
Years active1984–present

Partho Sen-Gupta (also spelled Partho Sen Gupta or Partho Sengupta pronounced Partho Shen-Goopto) is an independent film director and screenwriter. He is a French citizen,[1]of Indian origin.[2]


Sen-Gupta was born in Mumbai (Bombay), on 2 September 1965. He has been working in cinema since the age of seventeen, starting his career as an apprentice in the art department, in the studios of "Bollywood" in Mumbai. He worked with an Indian art director Bijon Dasgupta on the sets of big budget commercial Hindi films like Saagar and Mr. India among others.[3]

After having spent a few years and finishing his apprenticeship, he became assistant art director. In 1988, he worked on his first film as art director or production designer in an Indian art movie called Main Zinda Hoon (I am Alive) directed by Sudhir Mishra. He then set up his design studio working on numerous advertising films and art movies, designing sets and specializing in real-time SFX. He won the Best Art Director Award in 1989. He also worked as production designer[4] on the French film Nocturne Indien directed by Alain Corneau and shot in Mumbai.[5]

In 1993, he was selected to do a two-month summer workshop at FEMIS, the French film institute in Paris. During the workshop, he directed his first short film "La Derniere..." based on Samuel Beckett's radio play Krapp's Last Tape. He was then awarded a three and a half year full scholarship to study film direction at the same school.[6]

During his film school years, he made four short fiction films Le Cochon,[7] La Partition, Trajet Discontinu,[8] and La Petite Souris which took him to different European film festivals and won awards.[9]

After graduation in 1997, he directed his first feature film Hava Aney Dey (Let the Wind Blow) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.[10] It was selected in many international film festivals and won awards.[11] The film was part of the Global Lens 2008 series of the Global Film Initiative.[12] and premiered at the MoMA NYC, in January 2008.[13]

In 2005, he made a documentary film The Way of Beauty on the Indo-fusion group Shakti which was released on the DVD in May 2006.[14]

In 2008, his new feature film project Sunrise, was selected among 30 other international projects at the 11th Pusan promotion Plan (3 to 6 October 2008) at the Pusan International Film Festival. Sunrise was the only Indian project in the selection.[15]

Sunrise was completed and released in October 2014 and premiered at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival[16] and numerous international film festivals, received awards[17] and international critical acclaim.[18][19][20][21]

In 2017, Sen-Gupta wrote and directed his first Australian feature film Slam.[22] It was an official selected project at the 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam's CineMart [23] and the 2016 Berlinale Co-oproduction Market.[24] The film starring Adam Bakri, from the Academy Awards nominated film Omar and award winning Australian actress Rachael Blake, was filmed in October and November 2017 in Sydney, Australia.[25]

Slam is selected in the Official Selection Competition at the 2018 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival[26] and will have its world premiere on 27 November 2018. [27]


  1. ^ Anuj Kumar (14 September 2018). "The making of a stirring experience". The Hindu.
  2. ^ "Quick Takes". Indian Express. 9 April 1999.
  3. ^ "An Interview with Partho Sen-Gupta". Dharamshala Film Festival.
  4. ^ "Nocturne Indien (1989)". IMDB.
  5. ^ "An Interview with Partho Sen-Gupta". Dharamshala Film Festival.
  6. ^ "Partho Sen-Gupta's film Sunrise opened to great reviews at Film Festivals".
  7. ^ "Le Cochon, France/1996". Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival.
  8. ^ "Official Selection - Festival Premiers Plan d'Angers - Trajet Discontinu, France/1998". Festival Premiers Plan d'Angers.
  9. ^ "Prix du jury des jeunes comédiens - Trajet Discontinu". Festival Premiers Plan d'Angers.
  10. ^ "Hava aney dey: Let the Wind Blow". Berlinale.
  11. ^ "Let the Wind blow, Awards". IMDB.
  12. ^ "GFI Announces Global Lens 2008 Film Lineup" (PDF). Global Film Initiative.
  13. ^ "Hava aney dey: Let the Wind Blow". Global Film Initiative.
  14. ^ "John McLaughlin with Zakir Hussain: Remember Shakti - The Way of Beauty". Barnes and Noble.
  15. ^ Han Sunhee (19 August 2008). "Pusan unveils PPP selections". Variety Asia. Archived from the original on 22 August 2008.
  16. ^ Liz Shackleton (3 October 2014). "Partho Sen-Gupta, Sunrise". Screen Daily.
  17. ^ "Sunrise, Awards". IMDB.
  18. ^ Richard Kuipers (4 October 2014). "Busan Film Review: 'Sunrise'". Variety.
  19. ^ Elizabeth Kerr (7 October 2014). "'Sunrise': Busan Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  20. ^ Pierce Conran (7 October 2014). "Busan 2014 Review: SUNRISE Plunges Us Into Noirish And Riveting Tale Of Child Abduction". Screen Anarchy.
  21. ^ Sheri Linden (23 June 2015). "Busan 2014 Review: SUNRISE Plunges Us Into Noirish And Riveting Tale Of Child Abduction". Los Angeles Times.
  22. ^ "Slam - IMDB page". IMDB.
  23. ^ Michael Rosser (15 December 2015). "IFFR: CineMart 2016 line-up". Screen Daily.
  24. ^ Michael Rosser (16 January 2016). "Berlin 2016: Co-pro market lineup". Screen Daily.
  25. ^ Liz Shakleton (12 December 2016). "Adam Bakri to star in Sen-Gupta's Slam". Screen Daily.
  26. ^ Vladimir Kozlov (21 October 2018). "Tallinn Black Nights Festival Unveils Competition Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter.
  27. ^ "Programme Official selection Slam". 18 October 2018.

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