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Saswata Chatterjee

Saswata Chatterjee
File:Saswata Chatterjee.jpg
Born Saswata Chatterjee
19 December 1970[1]
Kolkata
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995 – present
Spouse(s) Dr. Mohua Chatterjee
Parents Subhendu Chatterjee

Saswata Chatterjee also known as Apu is a popular Bengali male actor of television and films based in Kolkata, India. Born to actor Subhendu Chatterjee, Saswata began his career with a Hindi serial directed by Saibal Mitra, based on Samaresh Majumdar's Kaalpurush. He gained popularity by portraying the character of Topshe in a Feluda-based television series directed by Sandip Ray. His acting in many Bengali films has been praised by the critics, including his portrayal of a Ritwik Ghatak-inspired character in the 2013 film Meghe Dhaka Tara. He enjoyed success at the national level in Sujoy Ghosh's 2012 blockbuster Hindi film, Kahaani, where he played a simple-looking creepy contract killer.

Personal life

Saswata Chatterjee was born on 19 December 1970 to Subhendu Chatterjee, a noted Bengali actor.[2] Since childhood, Saswata loved to watch a lot of theater and enact scenes in front of the mirror.

Saswata Chatterjee lives in Kolkata and is married to Mohua, a teacher, The actor has one daughter.[3]

Career

Saswata started his career with a Hindi serial directed by Saibal Mitra, based on Samaresh Majumdar’s Kaalpurush.[4] Later, he acted on a television series directed by Sandip Ray, where he portrayed the character of Topshe, a sidekick of Feluda, the sleuth. After this television debut, his acting skills were appreciated and he gained popularity.[5]

Chatterjee's acting in several Bengali films were critically appreciated. Some of his notable appearances include Tiyasha, C/O Sir, Proloy (2013), Jekhane Bhuter Bhoy, Meghe Dhaka Tara, Bhooter Bhabishyat, Abar Bomkesh (Chitrachor), Rang Milanti, Adim Ripu , The Bong Connection, Abar Aranye. He worked in the blockbuster Hindi film, Kahaani (2012) directed by Sujoy Ghosh and starring Vidya Balan. In that film, he played the role of a cold-blooded killer named Bob Biswas. His role as Bob became so popular that Saswata describes it as

Bob Biswas has most definitely exceeded the popularity of Kahaani. Poor Saswata has lost his identity. He is addressed as Bob wherever he goes.
—Saswata Chaterjee on his role on Bob Biswas.[3]

The character went viral on Facebook and Twitter with thousands of followers. A graphic novel is in the making was also inspired from Bob's character.[6]

Meghe Dhaka Tara was released in 2013, a film inspired by the life and works of Bengali film director Ritwik Ghatak and also depicts the socio-political environment of contemporary West Bengal during the Tebhaga and Naxalite movements. In this movie, he played the lead character as Nilkantha Bagchi and his acting was widely appreciated.

Filmography

  • Tiyasha (Sept 2013)
  • C/O Sir (2013)
  • Proloy (2013)
  • Goynar Baksho (2013)
  • Aschorjo Prodip (2013)
  • Namte Namte (2013) .... Rana Basu
  • Damadol (2013)
  • Jekhane Bhuter Bhoy...Pratap Sarkar
  • Meghe Dhaka Tara... Nilkantha Bagchi
  • Aborto (Post Production)
  • Bhooter Bhabishyat... Hathkata Kartik
  • Abar Bomkesh (Chitrachor) (2012) .... Ajit Bandyopadhyay
  • Kahaani (2012) .... Bob Biswas
  • Nobel Chor (2012) .... Hari
  • Bhalobasha Off Route-a (2012)
  • Goraay Gondogol (2012)
  • The Forlorn (Short Film) (2011) .... Dr. Sambit Chaterjee
  • Rang Milanti (2011) .... Deepjoy Mitra/Anupam Ghatak
  • Gosainbaganer Bhoot (2011) .... Bhelu Daktar
  • Uro Chithi (2011) .... Manish
  • Get2Gether (2011)
  • Adim Ripu (2010) .... Ajit Bandyopadhyay
  • Chowrasta Crossroad Of Love (2009)
  • Cross Connection .... Swapnil Basu (2009)
  • Chalo Let's Go (2008) .... Asim
  • The Bong Connection (2007) .... Bhai-Da
  • Shudhu Tomar Jonyo (2007)
  • Dosar (2006)
  • Teen Yaari Katha (2006)
  • Karkat Rashi (2005) (TV) .... Professor
  • Aabar Asibo Phire (2004)
  • Tin Ekke Tin (2004) .... Tinkori
  • Abar Aranye (2003) .... Saswata Banerjee
  • Aamaar Bhuvan (2002) .... Nur
  • Shesh Thikana (2000)
  • Khelaghar (1999)
  • Tumi Ele Tai (1999)
  • Jahangirer Swarnamudra (1999)... Topshe
  • Atmaja (1998)
  • Nayantara(1996)
  • Baksho Rahashya (1996) .... Topshe

Awards and Nominations

  • Zee Bangla'r Gourab in 2011 - Best Supporting Actor (Cinema) for Byomkesh Bakshi
  • BFJA - Best Supporting Actor Award in 2003
  • Anandalok Awards - Special Jury Award in 1998
  • Imphal International Short Film Festival 2012 - Best Supporting Actor for THE FORLORN
  • Nominated: Zee Cine Award for Best Villain for Kahaani
  • Nominated: Stardust Award for Best Villain for Kahaani
  • Nominated: IIFA awards for best actor in a negative role for Kahaani

References

  • Best Supporting Actor for THE FORLORN http://imphalfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55%3Aawards&catid=37&Itemid=54

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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