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Srijit Mukherji

Srijit Mukherji
Srijit Mukherji
Born 23 September 1976 (age 41)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Director, Actor, Lyricist, Economist
Partner(s) Divorced[1]

Srijit Mukherji (born 23 September 1977) is an Indian film director, actor, and screenwriter who predominantly works in Bengali cinema. He came to the limelight after directing his first feature film Autograph (2010) which was a critical and commercial success. He has made eleven films, as of July 2017: Baishe Srabon, Hemlock Society, Mishawr Rawhoshyo, Jaatishwar, Chotushkone, Nirbaak, Rajkahini, Zulfiqar , Begum Jaan and Yeti Obhijaan .His films have mostly garnered positive reviews from critics, and great audience response. His fifth film Jaatishwar won 4 national awards at India’s 61st National Film Awards (2014). He has 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 12 International Film Festivals including Indian Panorama at IFFI 2015, IFF of Kerala (Competition Section), IFF at Mumbai and Imagine India IFF at Madrid; and is also slated to be remade into a Hindi film titled Begum Jaan with Vidya Balan in 2017.

Early life

Mukherji completed his schooling from Dolna Day School, Kolkata and South Point High School, Kolkata, before studying economics at Presidency College. 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 PhD 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

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

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

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

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]

Filmography

As director

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
Yeti Obhijaan Yes No
SVF Entertainment
2018 Uma Yes Yes
Ek Je Chhilo Raja Yes No
SVF Entertainment
2018 Kakababur Protyaborton Yes No
SVF Entertainment
2018 Chowringhee Yes No
SVF Entertainment & MATCHCUT

Others

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
Yes

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

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

Mir Afsar Ali
2012 Dutta Vs Dutta Anjan Dutt Neel Dutt Anjan Dutt
Ronodeep Bose
Arpita Chatterjee
Roopa Ganguly
Yes
2012 Bapi Bari Jaa Abhijeet Guha
Sudeshna Roy
Jeet Ganguly Arjun Chakraborty
Mimi Chakraborty
Yes
2012 Shabdo Kaushik Ganguly Ritwik Chakraborty
Raima Sen
Yes
2013 Maach Mishti & More Mainak Bhaumik Rituparno Ghosh
Yes
Neel Dutt Parambrata Chatterjee
Raima Sen
Parno Mittra
Swastika Mukherjee

 

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