This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. (June 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
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. His other films explore various social issues.
Ganguly in 2019
|Alma mater||Jadavpur University|
|Occupation||Director, actor, screenwriter|
|Children||Ujaan 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.
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. 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. 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. In 2009 he released the low-budget comedy Brake Fail inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee films. 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. 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.
Ganguly's Shabdo (2013) won the 60th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Bengali. 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|
|2005||Shunyo E Buke|
|2005||Ek Mutho Chabi||Co-director|
|2010||Arekti Premer Golpo||Silver Peacock in IFFI 2010, Goa, Berlin Film Festival,2010, Best Film Award in NY Film Festival, 2010|
|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||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
- Ka Kha Ga Gha
- Shankar Mudi
- Saat No. Shanatan Sanyal
- Shesh Kritya
- Chhadmabeshi (Starring Rudranil Ghosh, Jisshu Sengupta, Srabanti Chatterjee)
- 2003 Ghare O Bairey
- 2003 Ushnatar Janye
- 2010 Bandhobi
- 2010 Bagh Nokh
- 2005 Shunyo E Bukey
- 2009 Jackpot
- 2010 Arekti Premer Golpo
- 2011 Rang Milanti
- 2012 Laptop
- 2012: 60th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Bengali: Shabdo
- 2013 : "Best Director" Award for the movie "Apur Panchali" at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Awards.
- 2014 : Nominated for Best Director for Shabdo in Filmfare Awards East
- 2014 : Winner for Best Film Critic's Choice for Shabdoin Filmfare Awards East
- 2014 : Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Kangal Malsat in Filmfare Awards East
- 2015: National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues for Chotoder Chobi
- 2017: 64th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Bengali: Bishorjan
- 2018: National Film Award - Special Jury Award (feature film) for Nagarkirtan
- "Kaushik, Churni's son makes his big screen debut". The Times of India.
- "Churni, Kaushik debut on big screen with Waarish". The Times of India.
- "What men want". The Telegraph (Kolkata).
- Jain, Madhu (20 July 2006). "Bengali Films go Sexual". DNA. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- "Kaushik Ganguly begins his new comedy". Trans World. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- Dasgupta, Priyanka (28 September 2010). "I am thrilled: Kaushik Ganguly". Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- "Boy shares jury prize at Indian film festival". NZPA/ONE News. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- Dasgupta, Priyanka (14 April 2011). "Rahul Bose to shoot for Laptop". Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- Ganguly, Ruman (7 April 2010). "Gaurav makes his dad proud". Time of India. Retrieved 12 April 2011.