Prosenjit Chatterjee

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Prosenjit Chatterjee
Chtterjee at CCL Launch.jpg
Prosenjit Chatterjee in 2014
Born (1962-09-30) 30 September 1962 (age 60)
Other namesBumba Da
Years active1968–present
WorksFull list
  • (m. 1994; div. 1995)
  • Aparna Guhathakurta
    (m. 1997; div. 2003)
  • Arpita Pal
(m. 2002-present)
Parent(s)Biswajit Chatterjee (father)
Ratna Chatterjee (mother)
RelativesPallavi Chatterjee (sister)
AwardsFull list

Prosenjit Chatterjee (born 30 September 1962) is an Indian actor and producer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading actors in modern Bengali cinema. He predominantly works in Bengali cinema . He is the son of veteran Bollywood actor Biswajit Chatterjee. He began his acting career as a child actor in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Chotto Jigyasa, for which he won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Most Outstanding Work of the Year Award.[1] Following this he appeared in other films as a child actor. But unable to concentrate on his studies, Prosenjit took a break from acting and returned after completing his graduation from Xavier's University and his first leading role came through Bimal Roy's Duti Pata.[2][3]

Prosenjit's breakthrough role came opposite Vijeta Pandit in Amar Sangi (1987), a highly successful romantic drama directed by Sujit Guha. He made his debut in Hindi cinema with David Dhawan directed Aandhiyan (1990). Apart from appearing in a series of masala films, he started doing middle-of-the-road cinema with Chokher Bali which starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in her debut Bengali film and which met with critical and commercial success upon release.[4] He again came back in doing commercial films and in 2006, he again collaborated with Rituparno Ghosh for Dosar and received the Best Actor Award and National Film Award - Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for his performance in the film.[5]

In 2009, Prosenjit did once again collaborate with Ghosh for Shob Charitro Kalponik, which starred Bipasha Basu in her Bengali debut, won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. In 2010, Prosenjit got another breakthrough by portraying the lead character of Arun Chatterjee in debutant Srijit Mukherji's Autograph, for which he was nominated at MIAAC (Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council) film festival, under the Best Actor category. He portrayed the role of Lalon, a noted spiritual leader, poet and folk singer of Bengal in the 19th century in Goutam Ghose directorial Moner Manush and Anthony Firingee in the National Film Awards winning film, Jaatishwar. He went to earn further recognition and wider appeal for his roles in the romantic thriller Khawto, the drama Praktan, the thriller Traffic, the drama Shankhachil, the crime film Zulfiqar, the National Film Award winning dramas Mayurakshi and Jyeshthoputro, the historical courtroom film Gumnaami, the drama Nirontor, the dark-comedy Kacher Manush, the thriller Kaberi Antardhan and have committed to star in the Hindi films 3 Dev, alongside Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen, Karan Singh Grover and Tabeer alongside Neeraj Kabi.[6]

Chatterjee produced the Ghosh scripted the television series Gaaner Oparey, which launched the careers of brothers Arjun Chakraborty and Gaurav Chakraborty and Mimi Chakraborty as well.[7] In 2016, he debuted on the non-fiction category of television with a 97-episode mini-series, titled Mahanayak. Produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and directed by Birsa Dasgupta, the show starred Paoli Dam, Tanushree Chakraborty and Priyanka Sarkar in other pivotal roles and was based on the life of a superstar of the 60s era — a life fraught with career highs and personal turbulences.[8][9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Prosenjit lives in Kolkata with his wife, actress Arpita Pal and their son Trishanjit.[12]

He has had two previous marriages with Debashree Roy and Aparna Guhathakurta.[13][14][15][16] Prosenjit and Aparna have a daughter together, Prerona Chatterjee.[17][18] In 2015, Prosenjit bought a Cricket Team in Bengal Celebrity League named Purulia Panthers.[19][20][21]

Film career[edit]

He made his debut as a protagonist with Bimal Roy's Duti Pata (1983), a teenage romance along the lines of Bobby. Amar Sangi (1987) opposite Vijayeta Pandit, Apon Amaar Apon (1990) directed by Tarun Majumdar and Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Ami, Yasin Ar Amar Madhubala (2007) are three important films of his career. The song "Chirodini Tumi Je Amar" from Amar Sangi became a cult hit. Satabdi Roy has acted with him in more than 50 films. He has done 35 films with Rachana Banerjee, 50 with Rituparna Sengupta, around 16 with Indrani Haldar and four with his wife Arpita Pal. Prosenjit debuted in Bollywood in 1990 with the David Dhawan directed Aandhiyan where he played the role of Mumtaz's son. After working in commercial films, Chatterjee started debuted in Parallel Cinema with Rituparno Ghosh's Chokher Bali (film) and since then have appeared in numerous art films, including Dosar, Jaatishwar, Shankhachil, Shob Charitro Kalponik. Chatterjee returned to Hindi cinema by playing the role of lead protagonist in Mehul Kumar directed Meet Mere Man Ke (1991) alongside Ayesha Jhulka, Feroz Khan and Salma Agha. His other Bollywood films are Sone Ki Zanjeer, Veerta, Shanghai and more recently Traffic which received critical acclaim upon release.[22] One of the most important works of Prosenjit is as Arun Chatterjee in Srijit Mukherji's Autograph. His first ever produced film Bapi Bari Jaa[23][24] was released on 7 December 2012.[25][26]

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards won by Prosenjit Chatterjee[27]
Award name Year Category Movie
BFJA Award 1969 Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Most Outstanding Work of the Year Award Chotto Jigyasa
BFJA Award 1999 Best Actor Tumi Ele Tai
Anandalok Awards 1999 Best Actor Ranokhetro[28]
BFJA Award 2000 Best Actor Ashray
BFJA Award 2001 Best Actor Utsav
BFJA Award 2003 Best Actor Chokher Bali
BFJA Award 2006 Best Actor Dosar
Anandalok Awards 2006 Best Actor Dosar
National Film Award - Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) 2007 Best Actor Dosar[29]
Zee Banglar Gourab Samman Awards 2011 Best Actor Autograph (2010 film)
Anandalok Awards 2011 Best Actor Moner Manush
Zee Banglar Gourab Samman Awards 2012 Best Actor (Jury) Baishe Srabon
Stardust Awards 2013 Best Supporting Actor Shanghai (2012 film)
Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2013 Surochitrak Prosenjit
Mohanayak Somman by Government of West Bengal 2013 Mohanayak Somman
Filmfare Awards East 2014 Special Award
Zee Cine Awards 2016 Best Actor Lorai: Play to Live
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali 2016 Best Bengali Film Shankhachil
Zee Cine Awards 2017 Best Actor Shankhachil
WBFJA Award 2017 Best Actor in a Leading Role Khawto
Filmfare Awards East 2017 Best Actor Shankhachil[30]
Zee Cine Awards 2018 Best Actor Yeti Obhijaan
WBFJA Award 2018 Best Actor in a Leading Role Mayurakshi
Filmfare Awards East 2018 Best Actor Mayurakshi
Banga Bibhushan by Government of West Bengal 2018
WBFJA Award 2019 Most Popular Actor Kishore Kumar Junior
Filmfare Awards Bangla 2021 Best Actor in a Leading Role Gumnaami



Year Show Telecasting Channel
2013 Banglar Sera Paribar Zee Bangla
2014 Tumi Je Aamar[31][32] Zee Bangla
2016 Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Star Jalsha
2018 Shubho Drishti Colors Bangla
2018 Ke Hobe Banglar Kotipoti Colors Bangla
2019 Aloukik na Loukik Star Jalsha


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  2. ^ "54 fun facts about Prosenjit Chatterjee as he turns 54". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  3. ^ "My Fundays". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  4. ^ "'Chokher Bali' is a hit | Chokher Bali (2003) | Latest Movie News". Bollywood Hungama. 11 October 2003. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Prosenjit Chatterjee: Still evergreen". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Prosenjit, Raima to star in bolly flick 3 Dev". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Rituparno and Prosenjit kiss and makeup". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "My character in Mahanayak bears traces of Uttam: Prosenjit". Business Standard. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  9. ^ "First look of 'Mahanayak'". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  10. ^ "From Hosting KBC Bangla To Playing Mahanayak: Times When Prosenjit Chatterjee Mesmerised TV Audience With His Charisma". Times Of India.
  11. ^ "Prosenjit Chatterjee: Once a CHOCOLATE BOY, now an ACTING PHENOMENON". Times Of India.
  12. ^ "prosenjit chatterjee". Calcuttaweb. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  13. ^ আনন্দবাজার – আনন্দ plus – কমেলশ্বেরর মহাভারত ভীষ্ম প্রসেনিজৎ (in Bengali). Anandabazar. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  14. ^ আনন্দবাজার – আনন্দ plus – বিপরীতমুখী (in Bengali). Anandabazar. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  15. ^ আনন্দবাজার – আনন্দ plus – বারো বছর বাদে (in Bengali). Anandabazar. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Prosenjit as Bhupen Hazarika in biopic by Kalpana Lajmi –". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Prosenjit The Fighter | Published by The Telegraph". Archived from the original on 23 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Is Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee's Daughter Prerona Chatterjee Interested in Acting dgtl". (in Bengali). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  19. ^ "Bengal Celebrity League to start December 26". Business Standard. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Tollywood all set to kick off Bengal Celebrity League". The Economic Times. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Tolly stars launch BCL logo, team jerseys". The Economic Times. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  22. ^ "Divya will be seen as the wife of a superstar-played by Prosenjit Chatterjee inTraffic". Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  23. ^ "The Telegraph – Calcutta (Kolkata) – Entertainment – Producer Prosenjit celebrates his television outing. more applause for Goutam Ghose's Moner Manush". Telegraphs. Archived from the original on 9 January 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  24. ^ "Kolkata applauds Bapi Bari Jaa's first look". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  25. ^ "Prosenjit Chatterjee Net Worth,Biography". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  26. ^ "Prosenjit Chatterjee Full Biography And Filmography". Cine Jalsha. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  27. ^ "List of Awards". Prosenjit Chatterjee. Archived from the original on 3 October 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2016.[self-published source]
  28. ^ "Ranakshetra (1998) Awards | Award Winners Of Ranakshetra Bengali Movie". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  29. ^ "Public Screening of India Panorama 2013 Films in New Delhi 10th −18th February, 2014". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  30. ^ "Prosenjit gets best actor award in Jio Filmfare Awards East". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  31. ^ "Tumi Je Amar: Zee Bangla Show- Watch Tumi Je Amar TV Serial Episodes and Videos Online at". zee bangla. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  32. ^ "Bengali Wedding Reality Show Tumi Je Amar on Zee Bangla with Prasenjit Chatterjee Starts Today". sholoanabangaliana. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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