Tota Roy Chowdhury

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Tota Roy Chowdhury
Born
Pushparag Roy Choudhury

(1976-07-09) 9 July 1976 (age 45)
OccupationActor
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Sharmili Roy Choudhury

Tota Roy Chowdhury is an Indian actor[1] and martial artist based in Kolkata.[2][3] He predominantly appears in Bengali and Hindi cinema. His notable roles include Feluda in the web TV series Feluda Pherot[4] based on Satyajit Ray's Feluda series.

He made his film debut with Prabhat Roy's National Award winning Bengali film Lathi (1996). His breakthrough role came with Rituparno Ghosh's National Award winning Bengali film Chokher Bali (2003).[5]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

During his 2nd year in college, he made up his mind to join the Indian Army and was preparing for the CDS exams when fate intervened and he was asked by the prominent director Prabhat Roy to play a small role in his film. That one film brought other offers and soon he decided to become a professional actor. After starring in a few commercially successful films, he was spotted by the national award-winning director Rituparno Ghosh and cast opposite Nandita Das in his film Shubho Mahurat. In spite of the presence of such veteran artistes, such as Raakhee, Sharmila Tagore and Nandita Das in the film, Tota made his mark.[6]

Breakthrough[edit]

Chowdhury was cast again opposite Aishwarya Rai in Rituparno's Tagore adaptation, Chokher Bali. It was his breakthrough performance, which was hailed by both the critics and the cinegoers. He won several awards, including the BFJA Award for the Best Actor. He did an extended cameo in the AR Murugadoss directed Kaththi which introduced him into Tamil film industry. He also starred in the Sujoy Ghosh directed short film Ahalya alongside Soumitra Chatterjee and Radhika Apte. He played the role of Arun in the film Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh; directed by Sujoy Ghosh opposite Vidya Balan,[7] which got him noticed by the Hindi film industry. His second Hindi film Indu Sarkar[8] directed by Madhur Bhandarkar was released in 2017. He was cast opposite Kirti Kulhari and his portrayal of the troubled government servant Navin fetched him recognition and praises. Industry veteran Anupam Kher tweeted 'Tota in Indu Sarkar is a brilliant piece of casting ‘ and Asutosh Gowariker tweeted 'Superb performance by Tota Roy Choudhury ‘. His next film was Helicopter Eela where he was cast opposite Kajol. The film was directed by Pradeep Sarkar. His portrayal of the psychologically disturbed Arun fetched him good reviews. He was again sought after by the southern film industry and was cast as SSP Praveen Kumar in the Kannada film Ranchi. The film is directed by Shashikanth Gatti and co-stars Prabhu Mundkur.

As of 2021, he is appearing in The Girl on the Train, a Hindi remake of English film of the same name. The film co-starring Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kirti Kulhari has been produced by Reliance Entertainment.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Films Role Language Notes
2022 Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani Hindi Karan Johar Directorial
2021 Mukhosh Dr. D.S. Paul Bengali
2021 Ajeeb Daastaans Rohan Hindi Netflix Release
2021 The Girl on the Train Dr. Hamid (psychiatrist) Hindi Netflix Release
2019 Ranchi SSP Pravin Kumar singh Kannada
2019 Jaanbaaz Police officer Bengali
2018 Helicopter Eela Arun Raiturkar Hindi
2017 Indu Sarkar Naveen Sarkar Hindi
2016 Benche Thakar Gaan Dr. Sinha Bengali
2016 Kahaani 2 Arun Hindi
2016 Te3n Peter Hindi Cameo
2015 Ahalya Policeman Indra Sen Bengali Short Film
2015 Choukath: The Threshold Ronojoy Bengali
2014 Biye Not Out Bengali
2014 Kaththi Vivek Banarjee Tamil
2014 Ek Phaali Rodh Pratim Bengali
2013 Sunglass Sanjay Hindi / Bengali Bengali Version
2013 Aborto Shyamal Sen Bengali
2013 Villain Arnab Bengali
2012 Tor Naam Lecturer of Physcics Bengali
2012 Paglu 2 Rudra Bengali
2010 Tara Police Inspector Bengali
2010 Bolo Na Tumi Aamar IPS Soumyadeep Bengali
2009 Hitlist Bengali
2009 Paran Jai Jaliya Re Sid / Anna's Brother Bengali
2009 Angshumaner Chhobi Neel Bengali
2008 Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited Jeet Bengali
2008 90 Ghanta Bengali
2008 Tintorettor Jishu Robin / Rajshekhar Niyogi Bengali
2008 Golmaal Mainak Bengali
2007 Aloy Phera Bengali
2007 Kailashe Kelenkari Himself Bengali Cameo Appearance
2006 Podokkhep Bengali
2006 Dosar Kaushik's colleague Bengali
2006 Abhinetree Bengali
2005 Shunya E Buke Artist's Friend Bengali
2003 Chokher Bali Behari Bengali
2003 Shubho Mahurat Arindam Bengali
2001 Dada Thakur Bengali
2000 Sasurbari Zindabad College Student Bengali
1999 Sudhu Ekbar Bolo Bengali
1998 Ranokhetro Noni Roy Bengali
1996 Lathi Bengali
1996 Mukhyamantri Bengali
1996 Puja Chayan Da Bengali

Television and Web[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tota Roy Chowdhury movies, filmography, biography and songs – Cinestaan.com". Cinestaan. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  2. ^ "I am looking at a pan-Indian presence: Bengali actor Tota Roy Choudhury". The Indian Express.
  3. ^ "Tota Roy Chaudhary on Indu Sarkar controversy: Little alarmed". The Indian Express.
  4. ^ "Srijit Mukherji Shares Feluda Pherot Title Song Release Date". 1 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Chokher Bali (2003) – Review, Star Cast, News, Photos". Cinestaan. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  6. ^ Technologies, QSOL. "Tota Roy Choudhury | Official Website of Bengali Actor". totaroychoudhury.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  7. ^ "What is Tota Roy Chowdhury doing in Vidya Balan's Kahaani 2?". Hindustan Times.
  8. ^ "Bengali actor Tota Roy Chowdhury in Madhur Bhandarkar's next". The Indian Express.
  9. ^ "Tota makes a comeback after 15 years on telly". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "I am taking baby steps in Bollywood: Tota Roy Chowdhury". India Blooms.

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