Tota Roy Chowdhury

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Tota Roy Chowdhury
Pushparag Roy Choudhury

Kolkata, India
Years active1996 – present
Spouse(s)Sharmili Roy Choudhury
WebsiteOfficial website

Tota Roy Chowdhury is an Indian actor[1] and martial artist based in Kolkata.[2][3] He predominantly appears in Bengali and Hindi cinema.

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).[4] He made his Bollywood debut with Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016).[5]


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]


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 prestigious 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. Simultaneously he was also cast in the official Hindi remake of ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Ribhu Dasgupta. Co-starring Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kirti Kulhari, the film has been shot in London and has been produced by Reliance Entertainment.



Films Year Role Language Notes
Mira(film):The Girl on The Train 2020 Hindi
Ranchi 2019 SSP Pravin Kumar singh Kannada
Jaanbaaz 2019 Police officer
Helicopter Eela 2018 Arun Raiturkar Hindi
Indu Sarkar 2017 Naveen Sarkar Hindi
Benche Thakar Gaan 2016 Dr. Sinha Bengali
Kahaani 2 2016 Arun Hindi
Te3n 2016 Peter Hindi Cameo
Ahalya 2015 Policeman Indra Sen Bengali
Choukath: The Threshold 2015 Ronojoy Bengali
Biye Not Out 2014 Bengali
Kaththi 2014 Vivek Banarjee Tamil
Ek Phaali Rodh 2014 Pratim Bengali
Sunglass 2013 Sanjay Hindi / Bengali Bengali Version
Aborto 2013 Shyamal Sen Bengali
Villain 2013 Arnab Bengali
Tor Naam 2012 Lecturer of Physcics Bengali
Paglu 2 2012 Rudra Bengali
Tara 2010 Police Inspector Bengali
Bolo Na Tumi Aamar 2010 IPS Soumyadeep Bengali
Hitlist 2009 Bengali
Paran Jai Jaliya Re 2009 Sid / Anna's Brother Bengali
Angshumaner Chhobi 2009 Neel Bengali
Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited 2008 Jeet Bengali
90 Ghanta 2008 Bengali
Tintorettor Jishu 2008 Robin / Rajshekhar Niyogi Bengali
Golmaal 2008 Mainak Bengali
Aloy Phera 2007 Bengali
Kailashe Kelenkari 2007 Himself Bengali Cameo Appearance
Podokkhep 2006 Bengali
Dosar 2006 Kaushik's colleague Bengali
Abhinetree 2006 Bengali
Shunya E Buke 2005 Artist's Friend Bengali
Chokher Bali 2003 Behari Bengali
Shubho Mahurat 2003 Arindam Bengali
Dada Thakur 2001 Bengali
Sasurbari Zindabad 2000 College Student Bengali
Sudhu Ekbar Bolo 1999 Bengali
Ranokhetro 1998 Noni Roy Bengali
Lathi 1996 Bengali
Mukhyamantri 1996 Bengali
Puja 1996 Chayan Da Bengali

Television and Web[edit]

  • Feluda Pherot as Feluda (An Addatimes Webseries ,directed by Srijit Mukherjee)
  • Sreemoyee as Rohit Sen
  • Aloukik na Loukik as Magician
  • Taranath Tantrik based on the character created by Taradas Bandopadhyay[9][10]
  • Ekhaane Akaash Neel
  • Mukhosh Manush
  • Ei Norodeha


  1. ^ "Tota Roy Chowdhury movies, filmography, biography and songs -". 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. ^ "Chokher Bali (2003) - Review, Star Cast, News, Photos". Cinestaan. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Kahaani 2 (2016) - Review, Star Cast, News, Photos". Cinestaan. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  6. ^ Technologies, QSOL. "Tota Roy Choudhury | Official Website of Bengali Actor". 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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