Kamaleshwar Mukherjee

Kamaleswar Mukherjee is a Bengali film director and ad maker. He directed Chander Pahar (2013) and Meghe Dhaka Tara (2013).

Kamaleswar Mukherjee
Manish Tewari and the Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh presenting the Special Centenary Silver Peacock Award to Kamaleshwar Mukherjee.jpg
Mukherjee at IFFI 2013
Born
Kamaleshwar Kumar Mukhopadhyay

NationalityIndian
Alma materMedical College and Hospital, Kolkata
St. Lawrence High School, Kolkata
Occupation
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • actor
Known forMeghe Dhaka Tara
Chander Pahar
Amazon Obhijaan

Kamaleswar Mukherjee is a physician by training, and an alumnus of the Medical College and Hospital of Kolkata, when it was affiliated with the University of Calcutta. He transitioned from the medical profession first to Group Theatre, then to the advertising world, and then to filmmaking. After working as an advertisement filmmaker, Mukherjee wrote dialogues, screenplays, and songs for the film Natobor Not Out (2010).

His directorial debut, the well acclaimed film Uro Chithi was released in 2011. This film interwove 12 text messages with 12 different characters, combining shades of life spanning across 12 months. His next venture was Meghe Dhaka Tara, inspired by the life and works of Bengali filmmaker, Ritwik Ghatak. The film attempts to portray the period of Ghatak's life when he was admitted into a mental asylum for treatment. Meghe Dhaka Tara was the most critically acclaimed film in Bengali film circuit, and it won the IFFI Centenary award. His next film was Chander Pahar (2013), based on a novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. Chander Pahar is the second costliest film made in Bengali language and is still the second biggest blockbuster in the history of Bengali cinema. The adventure film was shot in Africa. Then he made the film Khawto, that deals with the love story of an eminent urban author in self imposed asylum near the sea. In 2017, Mukherjee wrote and directed Amazon Obhijaan,(the sequel to Chander Pahar) - that was the costliest Bengali film ever made and is till date the biggest blockbuster in Bengali film history. Then he made popular and thought provoking films Cockpit - dealing with the life and journey of a pilot, Good Night City based on the conflict between a psychiatrist and a schizophrenic man, Mukhomukhi - a surreal representation of modern day urban angst and living and Password - a story relating to cybercrime. As an actor he has performed in a lot of films.

Mukherjee is an playwright, director and the founder member of Kolkata‐based theatre group Shailushik. He is also trained in photography and computer graphics. Awards and nominations: Centenary Award at International Film Festival of India, Goa 2013 Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Director at International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013 NETPAC Award International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013 Nominated for Filmfare Awards East for Best Director Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Award for Best Director Kalakar Awards for Best Director - (Chander Pahar)

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Writer Actor Notes
2010 Notobor Notout Yes
2011 Uro Chithi Yes Yes
2013 Meghe Dhaka Tara Yes Yes * Centenary Award at International Film Festival of India, Goa 2013
* Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Director at International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
* NETPAC Award International Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
Chander Pahar Yes No * Nominated for Filmfare Awards East for Best Director – Bengali
* Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Awards for Best Director
* Kalakar Awards for Best Director
2014 Obhishopto Nighty Yes As a news reporter (Cameo)
Khaad Yes As Rajib, a trekker
Force Yes
2015 Arshinagar Yes As Salim Saab,a music teacher
13 Number Tarachand Lane Yes Yes A Zee Bangla Originals Release
2016 Khawto Yes Yes
2017 Mukhomukhi Yes Yes
Chaamp Yes Reporter Shantanu
Meghnad Badh Rahasya Yes
Cockpit Yes Yes
Soshibhushan Yes Soshi Babu
Amazon Obhijaan Yes Yes
2018 Kabir No No Yes IPS Dulal Roy Chattopadhyay
2018 Goodnight City Yes No
2019 Mukhomukhi Yes Yes
2019 Kidnap Yes Newspaper Office Head
2019 Password Yes [1]
2020 Dwitiyo Purush Yes

BibliographyEdit

  • Amazon Obhijaan (Graphic novel), 2017, Bee Books[2][3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (23 February 2019). "Filming begins today... First look poster of #Bengali film #Password... Stars Dev, Parambrata, Paoli Dam, Rukmini Maitra and Adrit... Directed by Kamaleswar Mukherjee... 4 Oct 2019 release. t.co/kuwuhJk8hz" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ India, Press Trust of (11 November 2017). "Amazon Obhijaan graphic novel launched" – via Business Standard.
  3. ^ "Amazon Obhijaan graphic novel launched". India Today.
  4. ^ "Awards at IFFK 2013". The New Indian Express. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Chander Pahar

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