25 November 1966
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Spouse(s)||Dhruba Mukherjee (1992–2006)|
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. In 2015 she joined Bharatiya Janata Party.
Roopa Ganguly was born in Kalyani near Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She grew up in a joint family. She was a student of Beltala Girls' High School, 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.
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. 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. 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, 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, 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. She has also performed opposite the south super star Dr. Vishnuvardhan in two films Inspector Dhanush (Hindi) and Police Mathu Daada (Kannada).
In West Bengal Assembly election 2016, Ganguly lost from Howrah North.However, because of her the BJP vote share percentage jumped from 13.22 % (in 2011 assembly election) to 23.52 % (In 2016 assembly election).
- Ganadevta (1986 TV Series)
- Mahabharat (1988 TV Series) as Draupadi
- Sukanya (1998 TV Series)
- Karam Apnaa Apnaa (TV series) (2007)
- Love Story (SAB TV series) (2007)
- Waqt Batayega Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya (TV series) (2008)
- Kasturi (TV series) (2009)
- Sacch Ka Saamna(2009) (TV series)
- Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo (2009)
- Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil(2011) (TV series)
- Heroine (2009 TV series, one episode)
- Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan(2015)
Awards and recognition
- 2012: Won, National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer- Abosheshey (Bengali).
- 1996: Won, BFJA Award - Best Supporting Actress Award for Ujan
- 2006: Won, BFJA Award - Best Supporting Actress Award for Antarmahal
- Kalakar Awards
- Social and cultural anthropologist Purnima Mankekar's ethnography of television-viewing in India, Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India, published by Duke University Press in 1999, features a still shot of Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi on its cover.
- "I attempted suicide thrice:". The Times of India. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- Roopa Ganguly on Antarmahal IndiaFM News Bureau, 31 October 2005.
- History of the College
- Nobody told the 'whole truth' to win Rs 1 cr Hindustan Times, Priyanka Srivastava, New Delhi, 20 September 2009.
- Roopa Ganguly on Sach ka Saamna finale The Times of India, DIVYA PAL , TNN 18 September 2009.
- Talking point with Roopa Ganguly The Indian Express, 2 May 2009.
- Roopa Ganguly is back in Bollywood The Times of India, 14 June 2007.
- TALKING POINT with Roopa Ganguly The Indian Express, 10 March 2007!
- "National Award: Roopa Ganguly wins the Best Female Playback Singer". The Times of India. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "Kalakar award winners" (PDF). Kalakar website. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India
- Duke University Press link on the book