Roopa Ganguly

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Roopa Ganguly
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Born Roopa Ganguly
(1966-11-25) 25 November 1966 (age 49)[1]
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Bengali
Occupation Actress, singer
Spouse(s) Dhruba Mukherjee (1992–2006)[2]
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Roopa (or Rupa) Ganguly (Bengali: রূপা গঙ্গোপাধ্যায়, rupa gônggopaddhae; born 25 November 1966) is an Indian actress, playback singer and politician. She became popular after playing Mahabharat heroine character Draupadi in the hit television series Mahabharat (1988), and is mostly known for her roles in films like Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) by Gautam Ghose, Yugant (1995) by Aparna Sen, and Antarmahal (2006) by Rituparno Ghosh.[3] In 2015 she joined Bharatiya Janata Party.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Roopa Ganguly was born in Kalyani near Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She grew up in a joint family.[citation needed] She was a student of Beltala Girls' High School[citation needed], from which she finished her secondary examination (Madhyamik Pariksha). Later, she obtained a bachelor's degree from the Jogamaya Devi College, an affiliated undergraduate women's college of University of Calcutta, in Kolkata.[5]

Ganguly was married to Dhrubo Mukerjee from 1992 until 2006. In an interview Ganguly said that her husband started feeling insecure about her recognition as an actress. Her son Akash was born in 1997.[2] She was also in a live-in relationship with her singer companion, Dibyendu. The couple lived in Ganguly's Mumbai flat until the end of their relationship.[6][7] Her appearance in the concluding episode of STAR Plus's hit reality show, Sacch Ka Saamna (2009), the Indian adaptation of the British reality show, The Moment of Truth, created a media stir.


Roopa Ganguly debuted in the Anil Kapoor starrer, Saaheb 1985, after her graduation from Calcutta. Her second role was in Malayalam film, Ithile Iniyum Varu (1986), with Mammootty as lead. Though her first role as a lead actress, was the pivotal role of Draupadi, in B.R. Chopra's mythological TV series, Mahabharat (1988), which immediately got her attention,[8] and also lead to a role in Mrinal Sen's, Ek Din Achanak (1989).

Her other notable works are in award-winning film, Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) by Gautam Ghose, Yugant (1995) by Aparna Sen, Abar Aranye (2003) by Gautam Ghose, Antarmahal (2006) by Rituparno Ghosh, apart from these film appearances she has done, numerous television series, both in Bengali and Hindi, including Sukanya (1998) etc. She also appeared in notable cameo roles in the films "Dekha" and "Hemlock Society".

After working in a few Hindi films, she shifted to Kolkata, and after appearing in numerous Bengali films through the 1990s, shifted base to Mumbai in 2007, with an English film called, Bow Barracks Forever (2004), directed by Anjan Dutt,[9] and continued to act in Bengali films. She started working in Hindi TV series, with Karam Apnaa Apnaa (2007), moving on to Love Story (SAB TV series) (2007), and more recently in Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo (2009). She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for rendering her voice in the Bengali film Abhosheyshey.[10] She has also performed opposite the south super star Dr. Vishnuvardhan in two films Inspector Dhanush (Hindi) and Police Mathu Daada (Kannada).

In April 2016, Ganguly, a star campaigner for Bharatiya Janata Party, was attacked by Trinamool Congress party goons during an election campaign.[11][12]

In West Bengal Assembly elections 2016, Ganguly lost from Howrah North.[citation needed]



Year Film Language Director
1988 Police Mathu Dada Kannada P. Vasu
1988 Kadana Kannada P. Vasu
1989 Ek Din Achanak Hindi Mrinal Sen
1989 Agni Trishna Bengali Prabhat Roy
1989 Kamla Ki Maut Hindi Basu Chatterjee
1990 Pyaar Ka Devta Hindi
1990 Bahaar Aane Tak Hindi
1991 Meena Bazar
1991 Inspector Dhanush
1991 Saugandh Hindi Raj Sippy
1992 Virodhi
1992 Nishchaiy Hindi Esmayeel Shroff
1992 Ranangini Assamese Chandra Mudoi
1993 Janani aka Mother Sanat Dasgupta
1993 Padma Nadir Majhi
1995 Gopalaa
1995 Rana Bhumi Oriya Pranab Das
1996 Yugant
1996 Vrindavan Film Studios
2000 Bariwali Bengali Rituparno Ghosh
2002 Anamni Angana Bengali Dr Swapan Saha
2003 Abar Aranye Bengali Goutom Ghosh
2004 Mahulbanir Sereng Bengali
2004 Bow Barracks Forever Bengali Anjan Dutt
2005 Shunyo E Bukey Bengali Kaushik Ganguly
2005 Ek Mutho Chabi Bengali
2005 Krantikaal Bengali Sekhar Das
2005 Nagordola Bengali
2006 Bidhatar Lekha Bengali Raja Mukerji
2006 Antarmahal Bengali Rituparno Ghosh
2009 Luck Hindi Dhillin Mehta
2011 Jaani Dyakha Hawbe Bengali
2012 Abosheshey Bengali Aditi Roy
2012 Barfi! Hindi Anurag Basu
2012 Aashbo Aar Ekdin Bengali
2012 Hemlock Society Bengali Srijit Mukherjee
2012 Na Hannyate Bengali Ringo Banerjee
2013 Namte Namte Bengali Rana Basu
2013 Half Serious Bengali Utsav Mukherjee
2013 Nayan Chapar Dinratri Bengali Sekhar Das
2014 Punascha Bengali Shouvik Mitra
2015 Natoker Moto - Like a Play Bengali Debesh Chattopadhyay
2015 Arshinagar Bengali Aparna Sen


Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "Roopa Ganguly". Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b "I attempted suicide thrice:". The Times of India. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Roopa Ganguly on Antarmahal IndiaFM News Bureau, 31 October 2005.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ History of the College
  6. ^ Nobody told the 'whole truth' to win Rs 1 cr Hindustan Times, Priyanka Srivastava, New Delhi, 20 September 2009.
  7. ^ Roopa Ganguly on Sach ka Saamna finale The Times of India, DIVYA PAL , TNN 18 September 2009.
  8. ^ Talking point with Roopa Ganguly The Indian Express, 2 May 2009.
  9. ^ Roopa Ganguly is back in Bollywood The Times of India, 14 June 2007.
  10. ^ TALKING POINT with Roopa Ganguly The Indian Express, 10 March 2007!
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ [3]
  13. ^ "National Award: Roopa Ganguly wins the Best Female Playback Singer". The Times of India. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Kalakar award winners" (PDF). Kalakar website. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India
  16. ^ Duke University Press link on the book

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