Kaushik Ganguly

Kaushik Ganguly is an Indian director, screenwriter and actor in Bengali cinema. He is known for his works that explore sexuality, like Ushnatar Janye (2003), which deals with a lesbian relationship, and Arekti Premer Golpo (2010), which examines transgender identity.[1] His other films explore various social issues.

Kaushik Ganguly
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Ganguly in 2019
Born (1968-08-04) 4 August 1968 (age 51)
Alma materJadavpur University
OccupationDirector, actor, screenwriter
Notable work
Chotoder Chobi
Spouse(s)Churni Ganguly
ChildrenUjaan Ganguly (son)
Parent(s)Sunil Ganguly (father)

Life and careerEdit

Ganguly was born in Kolkata on 4 August 1968 to noted instrumentalist Sunil Ganguly. He attended Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur and then South Point School later Jadavpur University where he worked on a degree in Bengali literature. While at university he started a theatre troupe with Suman Mukhopadhyay and the actress Churni Ganguly. Later he got married with Churni Ganguly and has a son – Ujaan Ganguly.[2]

In 1987, Ganguly began working as a screenwriter for Tollywood films. In 1995, he moved to ETV Bangla to direct telefilms like Ushnatar Janye, Ulka and Aatithi.[3] These telefilms incorporated elements like lesbianism and sex determination that had not been depicted in Bengali television productions before.

In 2004 Ganguly directed his first feature film Waarish starring Debashree Roy and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty. It was a commercial failure, but he continued in cinema with Shunyo E Buke (2005) starring Kaushik Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Churni Ganguly. It tells the story of an artist's unrealistic expectations regarding his wife's personal appearance.[4] It was screened at London's Tongues on Fire Film Festival in February 2004 and at Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.[5] In 2009 he released the low-budget comedy Brake Fail inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee films.[6] His next film Jackpot starring Koel Mallick and Hiran did very well at the box office. He cast director Rituparno Ghosh as the lead in his 2010 film Arekti Premer Golpo about a gay documentary filmmaker and a transgender Jatra actor. It won awards at the I-View Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India.[7][8] On 9 September 2011 his latest film Rang Milanti released to positive reviews. Ganguly's next film Laptop starring Rahul Bose, Ananya Chatterjee, Rajesh Sharma, Saswata Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly and Gaurav Chakrabarty was selected for screening at the 42nd International Film Festival of India.[9]

Ganguly's Shabdo (2013) won the 60th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Bengali.[10] He won the best director award at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in November 2013 for Apur Panchali. At the 64th National Film Awards 2017, Kaushik Ganguly's Bishorjan bagged the Best Bengali Film award.



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Notes
2004 Waarish
2005 Shunyo E Buke
2005 Ek Mutho Chabi Co-director
2009 Brake Fail
2009 Jackpot
2010 Arekti Premer Golpo Silver Peacock in IFFI 2010, Goa, Berlin Film Festival,2010, Best Film Award in NY Film Festival, 2010
2011 Rang Milanti
2012 Laptop National Award in 2011 for Background Music, IFFI 2011, Goa, Indian Panorama, Dubai Film Festival 2011
2012 Shabdo Best Feature Film in Bengali and Best Audiography in 2012, KFF 2011, IFFI 2012, Goa, Dubai Film Festival, Singapore Film festival 2012. Released in Kolkata on 2013.
2013 C/O Sir Singapore Film Festival 2013
2013 Apur Panchali Adaptation based on the real-life story of the actor acted as protagonist Apu in Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali
2014 Shabdo[citation needed] A Anurag Basu Production, Under pre-production
2014 Khaad Gargi Roy Choudhury, Kaushik Ganguly, Mimi Chakraborty, Saheb, Tanushree, Pallavi Chatterjee, Ardhendu Banerjee, Lily Chakravarty
2015 Chotoder Chobi Dulal Sarkar, Deblina Roy in lead role
2016 Bastu-Shaap Abir Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Ganguly, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen in lead role
2016 Cinemawala 'ICFT-Unesco Fellini Prize'at IFFI-2015. Star Cast : Paran Bandopadhyay, Arun Guhathakurta, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Sohini Sarkar, Lama, Bimal Chakraborty, Aloknanda Roy, Debaloy Bhattacharya
2017 Bishorjan Jaya Ahsan, Abir Chatterjee, Kaushik Ganguly, Lama
2017 Chaya O Chobi Abir Chatterjee, Koyel Mallick, Priyanka Sarkar
2018 Drishtikone Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Churni Ganguly in lead role
2018 Kishore Kumar Junior Prosenjit Chatterjee, Aparajita Auddy, Rwitobroto Mukherjee in lead role
2019 Nagarkirtan 2017: National Film Awards

Special Jury Award (Feature Film): Nagarkirtan - Acropoliis Entertainment (Producer), Kaushik Ganguly (Director) Best Actor: Riddhi Sen Best Costume Design: Gobinda Mandal Best Make-up Artist: Ram Rajak

2019 Bijoya Jaya Ahsan, Abir Chatterjee, Kaushik Ganguly
2019 Jyeshthoputro Prosenjit Chatterjee and Ritwick Chakraborty in lead role
2020 Ardhangini Jaya Ahsan, Churni Ganguly, Kaushik sen in lead role
2020 Lokkhi Chele Ujaan ganguly in lead role
2021 Dhumketu Dev, Subhashree Ganguly in lead role

Notable Acting RolesEdit

  • Chotuskone
  • Bastu-Shaap
  • Bishorjon
  • Bijoya
  • Dristikone
  • Ka Kha Ga Gha
  • Tarikh
  • Shankar Mudi
  • Kedara
  • Saat No. Shanatan Sanyal



  • 2005 Shunyo E Bukey
  • 2009 Jackpot
  • 2010 Arekti Premer Golpo
  • 2011 Rang Milanti
  • 2012 Laptop
Kaushik Ganguly (second from right) receiving ICFT –UNESCO Award for the film Cinemawala, at IFFI 2015



  1. ^ Joseph, Sherry (2005). Social work practice and men who have sex with men. SAGE. pp. 85–6. ISBN 0-7619-3352-2.
  2. ^ "Kaushik, Churni's son makes his big screen debut". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Churni, Kaushik debut on big screen with Waarish". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "What men want". The Telegraph (Kolkata).
  5. ^ Jain, Madhu (20 July 2006). "Bengali Films go Sexual". DNA. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Kaushik Ganguly begins his new comedy". Trans World. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  7. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (28 September 2010). "I am thrilled: Kaushik Ganguly". Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Boy shares jury prize at Indian film festival". NZPA/ONE News. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  9. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (14 April 2011). "Rahul Bose to shoot for Laptop". Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  10. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  11. ^ Ganguly, Ruman (7 April 2010). "Gaurav makes his dad proud". Time of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.

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