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Srijit Mukherji
Man, in red shirt
Srijit Mukherji
Born (1977-09-23) 23 September 1977 (age 42)
EducationPresidency University, Kolkata
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Occupation
Known forBegum Jaan, Baishe Srabon, Rajkahini, Jaatishwar
Spouse(s)Divorced[1]

Srijit Mukherji (born 23 September 1977) is an Indian, film director, actor, and screenwriter who predominantly works in Bengali cinema. His first feature film, Autograph (2010), was a critical and commercial success, winning 41 awards. His fifth film, Jaatishwar, won 4 national awards at India's 61st National Film Awards (2014). He won the National Film Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for his sixth film, Chotushkone, at India's 62nd National Film Awards. His eighth film, Rajkahini, became an official selection at the 19 international film festivals, and has been remade into a Hindi film titled, Begum Jaan, starring Vidya Balan in 2017. His 2018 release Ek Je Chhilo Raja won the 'Best Bengali Film' Award at India's 66th National Film Awards.

Early life[edit]

Mukherji completed his schooling from Dolna Day School, Kolkata and South Point High School, Kolkata, before studying economics at Presidency College, Kolkata. He went on to complete his MA and M.Phil in environmental economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University,[2] parallelly working as a social scientist in the Urban Transport and Pollution Sector with TERI in New Delhi. He quit his Ph.D while in his first year, to join IRI Symphony, Bangalore as an econometrician and business analyst. After working in Bangalore and a brief stint in Milan, he quit his job to actively pursue theatre and films.[3]

Career[edit]

Even while working as an economist and statistician, he was actively involved with the English professional theatre circuit in Delhi and Bangalore. He has acted in Madness, adapted from Paulo Coelho's Veronica Decides To Die; Manoj Mitra's The Orchard of Banchharam; Badal Sircar's The Other Side of History; Sunil Ganguly's Pratidwandi – The Adversary, adapted for the stage from Satyajit Ray's film of the same name and Lucknow 76. He wrote and directed Mindgame, an Indian adaptation of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men, at the Alliance Francaise De Bangalore in 2006. In April 2008, he formed his own troupe, Pandora's Act, whose first production, Feluda Pherot! at Rangashankara in July 2008 was a runaway success and was the first ever non-canonical dramatisation of Satyajit Ray's sleuth Feluda.[2] Barun Chanda, Ray's leading man in Seemabodhho, and Parambrata Chatterjee, the screen Topshe and film youth icon, starred in this production. In 2009, he wrote, directed and acted in the English play Checkmate, a non-canonical re-interpretation of Byomkesh Bakshi, Saradindu Bandopadhyay's sleuth.[4][5] He was an assistant director, lyricist and actor in both Anjan Dutt's Madly Bangalee and Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinalini, in 2009.[6] He has also written lyrics for films like Cross Connection, Le Chakka and Josh, TV serials like Coffee and More and Dadagiri and non-film albums of Usha Uthup.

2010–2012[edit]

In 2010 Mukherji directed his debut feature film, the award-winning blockbuster – Autograph which was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The film won 41 awards and was an official selection at Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2010, MIAAC Film Festival in New York 2010, Glasgow International Film Festival 2011 and London Indian Film Festival 2011.[4]

In the same year he also made his acting debut on Bengali television in the Rituparno Ghosh scripted mega serial Gaaner Opare, produced by Ideas Entertainment.[7]

His work in 2011 included a major role in Anindya Banerjee's Chaplin starring Rudranil Ghosh and his second film, Baishe Srabon starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Abir Chatterjee and director Gautam Ghose, who returned to acting after a hiatus of 29 years. Baishe Srabon was recently the official selection at the Dubai International Film Festival and the closing film at the London Indian Film Festival, and had a 105-day run at the box office making it the biggest blockbuster of the year. Baishe Srabon has won 41 awards. His third feature film was Hemlock Society, a romantic satire set at the backdrop of a school which teaches aspirants how to successfully commit suicide. It featured Parambrata Chatterjee and Koel Mallick and won 21 awards.

2013–2016[edit]

Mukherji's fourth film, Mishawr Rawhoshyo, based on Kakababu with Prasenjit Chattopadhyay playing the lead character has been declared as one of the biggest blockbusters ever and the highest earning urban mainstream film. He has recently acted in films like Dutta Vs Dutta, Bapi Bari Jaa and the national award-winning Shobdo. His fifth film Jaatishwar is generally considered to be the best in his career and most critically acclaimed. It is the musical bridge between two centuries of Bengali culture and a biopic cum a musical cum a reincarnation drama. At the 61st National Awards 2014, the highest film honour in India, it won 4 national awards for Music Direction, Playback Singing, Costume and Make up. This was the highest tally for a film in India this year, and the second highest ever for a Bengali film. It also swept the Mirchi Music Awards in 2015 winning 7 awards. The following year at the 62nd National Awards 2015, Chotushkone won him the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay awards, along with winning the Best Cinematography.

He also received the Young Achiever Award from Rotary International, the prestigious Shera Bangali Award from ABP Anando and the Shoilojanando Mukhopadhyay Memorial Award in 2012 for his contribution in the field of film direction. In 2013 he received the Uttam Kumar Memorial Award from the Government of West Bengal becoming the youngest director to achieve this. He has also received the oldest film award in India, the BFJA award, for remarkable contribution to Bengali Cinema in the last few years.[8]

2017-2018[edit]

Mukherji has made his directorial debut in Bollywood with the film Begum Jaan which is a remake of his earlier Bengali film Rajkahini. Vidya Balan plays the lead role of a brothel's madam during the partition of India in 1947.[9][10]

In 2018, it was reported that Mukherji will be directing a Junglee Pictures produced yet to be titled web-series in Hindi, based on the novel of noted novelist and blogger Arnab Ray, The Mahabharata Murders. This will be his first foray into web-series direction.[11]

He is also working on another web-series based on twelve short stories of Satyajit Ray.[12]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Writer Production
2010 Autograph Yes Yes
Shree Venkatesh Films
2011 Baishe Srabon Yes Yes
2012 Hemlock Society Yes Yes
2013 Mishawr Rawhoshyo Yes No
2014 Jaatishwar Yes Yes
Reliance Entertainment
Dag Creative Media
Chotushkone Yes Yes
2015 Nirbaak Yes Yes
Shree Venkatesh Films
Rajkahini Yes Yes
2016 Zulfiqar Yes Yes
2017 Begum Jaan Yes Yes
Vishesh Films
Shree Venkatesh Films
Yeti Obhijaan Yes No
SVF Entertainment
2018 Uma Yes Yes
Ek Je Chhilo Raja Yes No
2019 Shahjahan Regency Yes No
SVF Entertainment & MATCHCUT
Vinci Da Yes Yes
SVF Entertainment
Gumnaami Yes Yes
2020 Dwitiyo Purush Yes Yes
Sportswoman Biopic with Sohini Sarkar Yes Yes
Srijit-Jeet Project Yes Yes Jeetz Filmworks , Match Cut Productions
SriChaitanya with Jisshu Sengupta Yes Yes SVF, Match Cut Productions
Kakababur Protyaborton Yes No SVF

Others[edit]

Year Movie Director Lyricist Composer Actor
2009 Cross Connection Abhijeet Guha
Sudeshna Roy
Yes Neel Dutt Abir Chatterjee
Payel Sarkar
Rimjhim Mitra
2009 Madly Bangalee Anjan Dutt Yes Neel Dutt Biswajit Chakraborty
Chandan Sen
☑Y

Supriya Choudhury
2010 Le Chakka Raj Chakraborty Prasenjit Mukherjee
Priyo Chattapadhyay
☑Y
Indradeep Dasgupta Dev
Payel Sarkar
2010 Josh Ravi Kinagi Yes Jeet Ganguly Jeet
Srabanti
2011 Iti Mrinalini Aparna Sen Rabindranath Tagore
☑Y

Sunil Gangopadhyay
Debojyoti Mishra Aparna Sen
Konkona Sen Sharma
Rajat Kapoor
☑Y
2011 Flop-e Yes
2011 Ghente Ghaw Yes
2011 Chaplin Anindo Banerjee Srijato Indradeep Dasgupta Rudranil Ghosh
Soham Maitra
☑Y

Mir Afsar Ali
2012 Dutta Vs Dutta Anjan Dutt Neel Dutt Anjan Dutt
Ronodeep Bose
Arpita Chatterjee
Roopa Ganguly
☑Y
2012 Bapi Bari Jaa Abhijeet Guha
Sudeshna Roy
Jeet Ganguly Arjun Chakraborty
Mimi Chakraborty
☑Y
2012 Shabdo Kaushik Ganguly Ritwik Chakraborty
Raima Sen
☑Y
2013 Maach Mishti & More Mainak Bhaumik Rituparno Ghosh
☑Y
Neel Dutt Parambrata Chatterjee
Raima Sen
Parno Mittra
Swastika Mukherjee
2018 Ahare Mon Pratim D Gupta
☑Y
Neel Dutt Paoli Dam
Ritwick Chakraborty
Parno Mittra
Adil Hussain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "নারী জানি না, অনেক ছবি হাতে". আনন্দবাজার পত্রিকা. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b Sen, Jaideep. "Retirement Holmes". Time Out Bengaluru. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  3. ^ Das, Mohua (21 January 2009). "Think like a sleuth". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Interview – SRIJIT MUKHERJEE". Washington Bangla Radio. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  5. ^ Das, Mohua (15 May 2009). "Playpreview". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  6. ^ Chakrabarty, Pooja. "'Autograph is not a remake of Nayak'". ILK. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  7. ^ Sen, Zinia (28 October 2010). "Acting is my first love: Srijit". Times of India. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Hemlock is far from a morbid film: Srijit Mukherji". Times of India. 24 March 2012. p. 3. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Vidya Balan on the write track with Kamala Das". Mumbai Mirror. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Srijit Mukherji makes his acting debut with 'Begum Jaan' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Raazi co-producer Junglee Pictures to adapt The Mahabharata Murders for digital debut; Srijit Mukherji will helm web series". Firstpost. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  12. ^ Kahlon, Sukhpreet. "My belief, hope, faith in humanity is something I cling on to: Srijit Mukherji at Habitat Film Festival". Cinestaan.com. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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