Jaya Maswood (born 1 July)[Note 1] popularly known as Jaya Ahsan, is a Bangladeshi film actress, model, producer and playback singer. Starting her career as a model and, later, as a television actress, she currently works mostly in Bangladeshi and Indian Bengali films.[2] She won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress six times for her performances in the films Guerrilla (2011), Chorabali (2012), Zero Degree (2015), Debi (2018), Alatchakra (2021), and Beauty Circus (2022).[3] She also earned four Filmfare Awards East, Zee Cine Awards, and Meril-Prothom Alo Awards.[4]

Jaya Ahsan
জয়া আহসান
Ahsan in 2018
Jaya Maswood

1 July[Note 1]
  • Film actress
  • model
  • producer
  • playback singer
Years active1997–present
Faisal Ahsan Ullah
(m. 1998; div. 2012)
AwardsFull list

Early life edit

Ahsan was born to A. S. Maswood (d. 2012) and Rehana Maswood in Bangladesh.[5][6] She has a younger sister and brother. Along with her formal education, she took a diploma course in Rabindra Sangeet and training in classical music. She first appeared on television when she performed in the teledrama Panchami. She modeled for a calendar which caught the eye of Afzal Hossain, who later offered her work on a promotional advertisement for the soft drink Coca-Cola.[7] Afterwards, she left modeling and continued with her studies. She joined the newspaper Bhorer Kagoj, a national daily. After a brief stint at a children's school, she returned to modelling. Thereafter, she worked in Giasuddin Selim's Shongshoy. She also practices crafting and painting, which she demonstrated in art house productions like Enechhi Shurjer Hashi.[5]

Career edit

Television edit

Ahsan first appeared on television in an ad for Coca-Cola in 1997.[8] She debuted her acting career on television through the drama Panchomi, written by Shahidul Haque Khan.[8]

Having begun her career as a model in the late 1990s, Ahsan has since worked in numerous television dramas and serials. She established her reputation as an actress with roles as Monika in Labonyo Probha, Pushpo in Toukir Ahmed and Bipasha Hayat's teleplay Shonkhobash, and in Hatkura. She found Hatkura, set on the edge of a village in Rangpur District, a challenge. "I had to learn the dialect of Rangpur for the role. Actually, I had never been to a village before that. And it was a completely new experience for me", she said.[7] In Channel i's 2010–2011 serial Choita Pagol, she played the role of rural woman Alta. Ahsan said, "Alta is one of my favourite characters. I liked playing the role."[7] Her performance in Mejbaur Rahman Sumon's Tarporo Angurlata Nondoke Bhalobashe also cemented her position as an actress. She portrayed various characters in teledramas including: Sixty Nine (69), Tevaga, Shahortolir Alo, Tarpor Paruler Deen, Amader Choto Nodi, Mayesha, Jostna, Nodi Othoba Roshider Kichu Kolpo Drisyo, Amader Golpo and many more.[citation needed]

Ahsan played the role of a sex worker in the television play Tarporo Angurlata Nando Ke Bhalobashey in 2009.[9]

Film edit

Ahsan debuted her film career as a guest artiste in the film Bachelor (2004), directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.[10] As the lead actress, she debuted in Nasiruddin Yousuff's film Guerrilla (2011). Adapted from the novel Nishiddho Loban by Syed Shamsul Huq, the film was based on the events of the Bangladesh Liberation War. It narrates the tale of Bilkis Banu, played by Ahsan, a freedom fighter, who actively participates in the Liberation War while searching for her lost husband.[11] The film won National Film Awards in ten categories, including the Best Actress Award for Ahsan.[12]

Ahsan's second film, Chorabali (2012), was an action thriller directed by Redoan Rony.[13] She portrayed Noboni Afroz, a journalist, and won her second National Film Award for Best Actress Award.[14]

In 2013, Ahsan acted in an Indian Bangla film titled Aborto, directed by Arindam Sil.[15] She was nominated for the Filmfare Awards East for Best Debut Performance Female for her role in the film. She also received an official invitation to attend the 66th Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, she appeared in Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini, a Bangladeshi romantic film directed by Shafi Uddin Shafi. It was her first Bangladeshi film in collaboration with Shakib Khan. They both starred in its sequel, Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini 2, released in 2015.[citation needed]

After a one-year break Zero Degree was her next venture. The film is a psychological thriller written and directed by Animesh Aich and was released on 15 January 2015. Ahsan won a National Film Award for best actress for her performance in the film. In 2015, Ahsan worked in two other Indian Bangla films — Rajkahini based on the 1947 east and west Bengal separation directed by Srijit Mukherji and Ekti Bangali Bhuter Goppo, a psycho-horror film directed by Indranil Roychowdhury. Ekti Bangali Bhuter Golpo was set for a world TV premier in Kolkata on 17 May in Zee Bangla Cinema. Jaya's much anticipated Rajkahini starring alongside Rituparna Sengupta, Abir Chatterjee, Parno Mittra, Sohini Sarkar, Rajatava Dutta and many others was released on 16 October 2015.

In 2017, Ahsan acted in Bishorjan alongside Abir Chatterjee and Kaushik Ganguly directed by Kaushik Ganguly himself, for which she received awards including Filmfare Awards (first Bangladeshi to win so), Zee Cine Awards and BFJA Awards for her performance portraying the character of Padma. In the same year, Jaya was honoured with the ABP Ananda Sera Bangali for achievement in acting. Her other two releases that year are Akram Khan's Khacha: The Cage and Manoj Michigan's Ami Joy Chatterjee.

In 2018, Ahsan performed in a courtroom drama Ek Je Chhilo Raja based on the historic Bhawal case directed by Srijit Mukjerji in a star cast including Jisshu Sengupta, Aparna Sen, Anjan Dutt, Rudranil Ghosh and others. She was also seen in Crisscross alongside Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, directed by Birsa Dasgupta. Debi, a film based on Humayun Ahmed's novel, was released on 19 October 2018. It is directed by Anam Biswas, starring Chanchal Chowdhury, Ahsan and Sabnam Faria in the lead roles.[16] The film was produced by Ahsan, as her first production from her production house C Te Cinema.[17] She received her fourth National Film Award for Best Actress and her seventh Meril Prothom Alo Award for Best Film Actress (Critics Choice) for her performance in this film.[18][19]

In 2019, her first release was Kaushik Ganguly's Bijoya, sequel to Bishorjan for which she won the Tele Cine Awards for Best Actress and Best Jodi alongside her co-star Abir Chatterjee.[20] Then she was seen in Arnab Paul's debut Brishty Tomakey Dilam, a psychological thriller based on split personality disorder. She received the 'Dashobhuja Bangali 2019' award from the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association. Next she did Konttho which released on 10 May directed by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee starring Shiboprosad Mukherjee himself, Paoli Dam where Jaya plays the role of a speech therapist. After that she teamed up with Atanu Ghosh for his movie Bini Sutoy alongside Ritwick Chakraborty. Jaya again worked with Atanu Ghosh next film titled Robibar starring with Prosenjit Chatterjee for the first time. She has finished Soukarya Ghosal's fantasy horror Bhoot Pori and is shooting for Kaushik Ganguly's next titled Ardhangini starring alongside Churni Ganguly. She wrapped up filming Alatchakra, the first 3D Bengali movie directed by Habibur Rahman based on the novel by Ahmed Sofa. She recently worked with Piplu Khan on his first feature film Jaya Aar Sharmin based on the current pandemic.

In December 2023, Ahsan made her Bollywood debut in Kadak Singh, a thriller film by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury released on Zee5.[21] Hindustan Times regarded her performance in the film as "Outstanding on OTT: Breakout Performance".[21]

Playback edit

Ahsan is also a singer and took diploma courses in Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet. She did playback in few films, such as "Tomer Khola Hawa" in Dubshatar and "Jongoler Daak" in Mesidona.[22][23]

Other activities edit

Ahsan is a craftswoman and a visual-artist, which she demonstrated in art-house movie productions like Enechhi Shurjer Hashi. She was chosen as a brand ambassador for USAID (US Agency for International Development) to help women and children. In 2019, Ahsan was chosen as the brand ambassador of Bangamata U-19 Women's International Gold Cup.

Personal life edit

Ahsan married Faisal, a television model, on 14 May 1998.[24] The couple was also seen in same television ad.[10] Together they ran an event management company. They have a daughter. She divorced Faisal in 2012.[25]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 Bachelor Shaila Special appearance
2010 Dubshatar Renuka Rahman Debut as lead role film
2011 Phirey Esho Behula Tanima
Guerrilla Bilkis Banu
2012 Chorabali Noboni Afroz
2013 Aborto Charu Sen Debut Indian Bengali film
Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini Zara
2015 Zero Degree Saniya
Ekti Bangali Bhooter Goppo Amrita Datta Indian Bengali film
Rajkahini Rubina Indian Bengali film
2016 Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini 2 Mitu
Eagoler Chokh Shibangi Indian Bengali film
Bhalobashar Shohor Annapurna Das Indian Bengali Short film
2017 Bishorjan Padma Indian Bengali film
Khacha Sarojini
Aami Joy Chatterjee Dr Aditi Roy Indian Bengali film
2018 Putro
Debi Ranu
Ek Je Chhilo Raja Mrinmayee Devi Indian Bengali film
Crisscross Miss Sen Indian Bengali film
2019 Bijoya Padma Indian Bengali film [26]
Brishti Tomake Dilam Brishti Indian Bengali film [27]
Konttho Romilla Indian Bengali film [28]
Robibaar Sayani Indian Bengali film [29]
2021 Alatchakra: Circle of Desire Tayeba [30]
Binisutoy Srabani Barua Indian Bengali film [31]
2022 The Beauty Circus Beauty [32]
2023 Ardhangini Meghna Indian Bengali film [33]
Dawshom Awbotaar Moitreyee Ghatak Indian Bengali film [34]
Kadak Singh Naina Debut Hindi Film [35]
2024 Peyarar Subash Peyara [36]
Bhootpori Bonolota Indian Bengali film [37]
OCD TBA Filming; Indian Bengali film
Kalantar TBA Filming; Indian Bengali film
Putul Nacher Itikatha Kusum Filming; Indian Bengali film
Fereshta TBA Iran-Bangladesh joint production [38]
Jaya Aar Sharmin Jaya

Web series edit

Television edit

Series edit

  • Amader Choto Nodi
  • Choita Pagol
  • Coffee House
  • Dorjar Opashe
  • Enechhi Shurjer Hashi (2004)[39]
  • Labbonno Probha
  • Mone Mone
  • Manush Badal
  • Neer
  • Polayon Porbo
  • Sixty Nine (69)
  • Shonkhobash
  • Shomporker Golpo
  • Shongshoy
  • Tebhaga

Telefilms edit

  • Amader Golpo
  • Americana
  • Ami Tomake Bhalobashi
  • Aunuposthit Chinho
  • Anonto Adhora
  • Bikol Pakhir Gaan
  • Bhalobashi Tai, Bhalobeshe Jai
  • Bumerang
  • Cheri-Phuler Name Nam
  • Chondrabotir Lottery
  • Chor O Novelist
  • Daliya
  • Denjru
  • De Dour
  • Ebong Autopor
  • Ebong Bonolota Sen
  • Ferar Poth Nei, Chilo Na Kono Kale
  • Fifth Anniversary
  • Gorambhath Athoba Nichok Bhooter Golpo
  • Ghum Ghar
  • Grohonkal
  • Ghum
  • Halloween
  • Horton-er Bibi
  • Hutkura
  • Jononir Kanna
  • Jostna, Nodi Othoba Roshider Kichu Kolpo Drisyo
  • Jaal
  • Journey By Boat
  • Jontro-Na
  • Koyekti Neel Rongpencil
  • Kingkortobbo
  • Kuashar Bhitor Mrittur Shomoy
  • Kuhok
  • Maya Athoba Mrittur Galpo
  • Madhobi Upakkhan
  • Mayesha
  • No Mans Land
  • Na Komola Na Meherjaan
  • Nirjon Shakkhor
  • Neel Botam
  • Nokkhotro Ghas Chondro Mollikar Raat
  • Off Beat
  • Obak Sondesh
  • Oshomapto Ghor
  • Panjabiwala
  • Poth Geche Beke
  • P.O.Box
  • Projapoti
  • Raajkonna
  • Shohor Tolir Alo
  • Shomporker Dana
  • Sambala
  • Tarpor Paruler Din
  • Tarporo Angurlata Nandoke Valobase
  • Traceless
  • Topur Cycle
  • The Facebook

Awards and nominations edit

National Film Awards

Year Category Film Result
2011 Best Actress Guerrilla Won
2012 Best Actress Chorabali Won
2015 Best Actress Zero Degree Won
2018 Best Actress Debi Won
2022 Best Actress Beauty Circus Won

Meril Prothom Alo Awards

Year Category Film Result
2005 Best TV Actress (Public Choice) Enechi Shurjer Hashi Nominated
2006 Best TV Actress (Critics Choice) Hutkura Won
2007 Best TV Actress (Public Choice) Shonkhobash Nominated
Best TV Actress (Critics Choice) Scriptwritter Nominated
2009 Best TV Actress (Public Choice) Tarporo Angurlota Nondoke Bhalobashe Won
Best TV Actress (Critics Choice) Bikol Pakhir Gaan Nominated
2010 Best TV Actress (Public Choice) Choita Pago Nominated
2011 Best Film Actress (Critics Choice) Guerrilla Won
Best Film Actress (Public Choice) Nominated
Best TV Actress (Public Choice) Choita Pagol Won
Best TV Actress (Critics Choice) Koyekti Neel Ronger Pencil Nominated
2012 Best Film Actress (Public Choice) Chorabali Won
Best TV Actress (Public Choice) Aamader Golpo Nominated
Best TV Actress (Critics Choice) Nominated
2013 Best Film Actress (Public Choice) Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini Won
2015 Best Film Actress (Critics Choice) Zero Degree Nominated
2018 Best Film Actress (Public Choice) Debi Nominated
Best Film Actress (Critics Choice) Won

Bachsas Awards

Year Category Film Result
2011 Best Actress Guerrilla Won
2018 Debi Won

Filmfare Awards Bangla

Year Category Film Result
2013 Best Debutante Female Aborto Nominated
2017 Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female) Eagoler Chokh Nominated
2018 Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) Bishorjan Won
Critics' Award for Best Actor (Female) Bishorjan Nominated
2021 Critics' Award for Best Actor (Female) Robibaar and Bijoya Won
2022 Best Actress and Best Actress (Critic) Binisutoy Won

Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards

Year Category Film Result
2018 Best Actress Bishorjan Won
2019 Best Supporting Actress Ek Je Chhilo Raja Nominated

Zee Cine Awards

Year Category Film Result
2018 Best Actress (Bengali Films) Bishorjan Won

Tele Cine Awards

Year Category Film Result
2015 Best Supporting Role Female Rajkahini Won
2019 Best Actress Bijoya Won
Best Jodi

International Bangla Film Critic Award

Year Category Film Result
2011 Best Actress Guerrilla Won
2017 Best Actress Bishorjan Won

ABP Ananda Sera Bangali Award

Year Category Result
2017 Achievement in Acting Won

Dhaka International Film Festival

Year Category Film Result
2011 Best Actress Guerrilla Won

Lux Channel i Performance Award

Year Category Film Result
2011 Best Actress (film) Guerrilla Won
Best Actress (TV) Choita Pagol Won

CJFB Performance Award

Year Category Film Result
2008 Best Actress (TV) Antorikkho Won
2009 Panjabiwala Won

Charuniram Award

Year Category Film Result
2008 Best Actress (TV) Antorikkho Won
2009 Panjabiwala Won
2010 Mayesha Won

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b Ahsan was born on 1 July, but sources disagree over the year. News18.com claims 1972.[40] The Times of India used to list Ahsan's year of birth as 1972,[41] but has since updated it to 1983.[42] In a December 2019 interview, Ahsan described herself as "not more than a day of 37 years".[43]

References edit

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  40. ^ "Happy Birthday Jaya Ahsan: All That You Need to Know About the Critically Acclaimed Bangladeshi-Bengali Actress". News18.com. 1 July 2019. Jaya Ahsan is celebrating her 47th birthday today [2019].
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