Churni Ganguly

Churni Ganguly (née Banerjee) is a Bengali actress and director.

Churni Ganguly
Churni Banerjee

Kurseong, India
Years active2004–2021
SpouseKaushik Ganguly
ChildrenUjaan Ganguly (son)
RelativesSunil Ganguly (father-in-law)

After spending her childhood in Kurseong, she came to Kolkata and got admitted at the Jadavpur University. While studying at Jadavpur University, she joined a theatre group as an actress. Then she moved to Mumbai and acted in a few television serials. Later, she came back to Kolkata and started acting in Bengali films.

Ganguly received the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards in 2005 in the best actress category for the movie Waarish, in which she played a single-mother's role.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Churni Ganguly (born Churni Banerjee) spent her childhood in Kurseong. Her parents were school teachers. She was a student of Dow Hills boarding school. In spite of being at boarding school, Churni and few other girls were allowed to stay at their homes with their parents. Churni's father, whom Churni described as "extremely caring, but a rather serious person" encouraged Churni to do well in studies, and especially sports. But Churni did not feel the urge to concentrate on sports. Churni was a good student at school, but she never thought that she had to secure rankings in examinations.[1]

Churni was a student of Jadavpur University. While at university, in 1987, she started a theatre troupe with Suman Mukhopadhyay and her future husband Kaushik Ganguly.[2] Churni is married to Bengali film director Kaushik Ganguly and has a son – Ujaan Ganguly.[3]

Career in MumbaiEdit

Firstly, she tried her luck in the Hindi film and television industry. She shifted to Mumbai and acted in Zee TV's first daily soap, Raahat and stayed there for the next two years. In those days, when she was in her twenties, she acted in Choti si Asha, in which she played a 35-year-old mother's character who matured to about 60.[4] Later she decided to come back to Kolkata.[5]

Career in Bengali film industryEdit

After moving to Kolkata, Churni decided to join the Bengali film industry.[5]


In 2004, Ganguly made her debut in Bengali cinema with the film Waarish. The film was directed by Kaushik Ganguly. In the film, she played the role of a single mother— Medha. Medha was an ex-flame of Subhankar, who became pregnant after a rendezvous with him. Though Medha was not married with Subhankar, she denied abortion and gave birth to a son, Megh. Many years later, when she learns that she is suffering from cancer, she goes to Subhankar, (who was married to another woman at that time) and asks to take responsibility of Megh. Though the acting of Ganguly in this film was widely appreciated, it did not get commercial success.[6]

In 2005, Ganguly acted in the film Shunyo E Buke, directed by Kaushik Ganguly. In this film, she portrayed a flat-chested woman's role[7] and the film attempted to explore male sexual fantasy.[8]


In 2007, Ganguly acted in Jara Bristite Bhijechhilo, directed by Anjan Das.[9] The film revolved around lesbian relationships.[10]

In 2008, Ganguly acted in Anjan Dutt's Chalo Let's Go. This was Ganguly's first feature film in which she acted under the direction of someone other than Kaushik Ganguly. The film was a travelogue and narrated a story of a journey with nine passengers. Ganguly played the character of Miss Ganguly, a sophisticated writer. But in the film, her fellow passengers used to call her "Miss Gombhir".[11]

In 2009, Ganguly acted in Sakaler Rang, directed by Suvamoy Chattopadhyay. The budget of the film was 900,000 (US$11,000).[citation needed]

In the 2010 film Arekti Premer Golpo, Ganguly played the character of Rani/Gopa. In this film, Rituparno Ghosh and Indraneil Sengupta acted in lead roles and the film revolved around a homosexual relationship.[12]


My character Kamalini has a lot of attitude and is always in charge. I am more laid-back. Our spouses are freelancers, that's one similarity... so we've both had to work on certain projects just to run the show. We're both disarmingly truthful. And we're both vulnerable... but then, who isn't?

Churni Ganguly
on her character Kamalini of Rang Milanti[13]

In 2011, Ganguly acted in Rang Milanti, another film directed by Kaushik Ganguly. In this film, she played the role of Kamalini, a successful Television actor.[8] In the same year, Ganguly acted in Ribhu Dasgupta's directorial debut film Michael. In this film, Ganguly played the role of Ria, Naseerudin Shah's wife. Michael was produced by Anurag Kashyap.[14]

In 2012, Ganguly acted in two Bengali movies— Laptop, directed by Kaushik Ganguly and Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan, directed by Prem Modi. The film Laptop told some stories related to some different people, connected by one single laptop. On the other hand, Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan was a detective film based on Samaresh Majumdar's literary character Arjun.[15]

The 2013 film Shabdo, directed by Kaushik Ganguly, was widely appreciated by critics. The story of the film revolved around Tarak, a foley artist of Bengali film industry. In this film, Ganguly played a psychriatist's role.[16]

Ganguly signed Kaushik Ganguly's C/O Sir for the role of Mrs Chatterjee. Later, as she was having problem with dates, she was replaced by another actress Sudipta Chakraborty.[17]

She also acted in Bakita Byaktigato, directed by Pradipta Bhattacharya. This film shot like a documentary, the film traces a man's quest for love as per critics review. Pramit, an amateur documentary filmmaker, is tired of girls rejecting his propositions. Prem ki? Ki kore prem hoye? Troubled by such questions, he takes it upon himself to solve the puzzle anyhow. And this time around, he plans to make a documentary film on love.[18]

Actor Churni Ganguly debuts as a director in Nirbashito, a bilingual film in Bengali and English, shot in Kolkata and Sweden. After many snuffed-out attempts by several filmmakers, for the first time a film on Taslima Nasrin's life was released at the ongoing Mumbai International Film Festival. The film — Nirbashito (Banished) — is inspired by Taslima and her cat, Minu.

In the film directed by Churni Ganguly, Minu is called Baghini (tigress). The author is, however, not named anywhere in the film.[19] This film won the Best Bengali film award and the sound designer trophy at the 62nd National Film Awards category.[20]

Bengali television careerEdit

Other than working in few Hindi serials such as Raahat, Umeed etc., Ganguly has worked in Bengali television serials such as, which was directed by Monish Ghosh and produced by Snehasish Chakraborty; Hridayer Chorabali etc.[21] She has acted in Bengali telefilms too. The telefilm Bandhobi was about two college friends (girls) who meet after a long time and remember those days when both of them fell in love with the same man. Bandhobi was directed by Kaushik Ganguly and Chandrayee Ghosh played Ganguly's friend's role. The telefilm Promotion dealt with single parenthood and it was shot in Darjeeling.[3]


Year Film Director Role/Character Co actors
2004 Waarish Kaushik Ganguly Medha Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Debashree Roy
2005 Shunyo E Buke Kaushik Ganguly Artist's wife Kaushik Sen, Kharaj Mukherjee
2007 Jara Bristite Bhijechhilo Anjan Das Indrani Halder, Sudip Mukherjee
2008 Chalo Let's Go Anjan Dutt Miss Gombhir Rudranil Ghosh, Saswata Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee
2009 Sakaler Rang Suvamoy Chattopadhyay Bhabi Taranga Sarkar, Chhabi Talukdar, Paulomi De, Monu Mukhopadhyay
2010 Arekti Premer Golpo Kaushik Ganguly Rani / Gopa Rituparno Ghosh, Indraneil Sengupta, Raima Sen
2011 Rang Milanti Kaushik Ganguly Kamalika's elder sister Saswata Chatterjee, Ridhima Ghosh, Gaurav Chatterjee, Gaurav Chakraborty, Tanaji Dasgupta, Indrasheesh Ray
Michael Ribhu Dasgupta Naseeruddin Shah, Mahie Gill, Purav Bhandare
2012 Laptop Kaushik Ganguly Mrs. Durba Mukherjee Rahul Bose, Saswata Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Gaurav Chakrabarty
2013 Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan[22] Prem Modi Nilam, Sita's governess Dipankar De, Om (actor)
Shabdo[23] Kaushik Ganguly Raima Sen, Victor Banerjee, Ritwick Chakraborty
Bakita Byaktigato[18] Pradipta Bhattacharya Ritwick Chakraborty, Aparajita Ghosh Das, Madhabi Mukherjee, Debesh Roy Choudhury, Supriyo Dutta, Monu Mukherjee, Sudipa Basu, Amit Saha and Kaushik Roy
2014 Nirbashito[24] Churni Ganguly Churni Ganguly, Saswata Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Lars Bethke, Lia Boysen, Martin Wallstrom, Joakim Granberg & others
2017 Chaya O Chobi Kaushik Ganguly Maya Abir Chatterjee, Koyel Mallick, Priyanka Sarkar
2018 Drishtikone Kaushik Ganguly Rumki Prosenjit Chatterjee,Kaushik Ganguly,Rituparna Sengupta
2018 Haami Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee
2019 Tarikh Churni Ganguly Ritwick Chakraborty, Saswata Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Kaushik Ganguly
2021 Anusandhan Kamaleswar Mukherjee Saswata Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar, Joydip Mukherjee
2022 Lokkhi Chele Kaushik Ganguly Ujaan Ganguly, Babul Supriyo
2022 Shubho Bijoya Rohan Sen Bonny Sengupta, Koushani Mukherjee,Kaushik Ganguly
2023 Kaberi Antardhan Kaushik Ganguly Prosenjit Chatterjee, Srabanti Chatterjee
2023 Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani  Karan Johar Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Tota Roy Chowdhury



  • Roop directed by Ashok Vishwanathan.[5]
  • Ushno-tar Jonyo (2010)[25]
  • A...tithi[26]
  • Bhalobashar Kotha (directed by Anjan Dutt)
  • Chhoti Si Asha[27]
  • Bandhobi: (2010) The telefim was about two college friends (roles played by Churni Ganguly and Chandreyi Ghosh).[3]
  • Ambor Sen Antardhan Rahasya (1999) as Churni Chatterjee .
  • Promotion: This telefilm was entirely shot in Darjeeling and dealt with single parenthood.[3]
  • Shesh Kriya (1984)[28]

TV serialsEdit

  • Raahat for Zee TV.
  • Umeed for Zee TV.[13]
  • (Star Jalsha)[21]
  • Chhoti si Asha.[5]
  • Bandhan (Star Jalsha)
  • Hridayer chorabali (Zee Bangla)
  • Debi (Zee Bangla)



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