Rachna Banerjee

Rachna Banerjee, is an Indian film actress who has appeared predominantly in Bengali and Odia films along with several films in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. She was 1994 Miss Kolkata and has won five beauty contests in India. She won Miss Beautiful Smile at the Miss India contest.[1]

Rachna Banerjee
Jhumjhum Banerjee

OccupationActress, model, Anchor
Years active1990 – Present
Notable work
Probal Basu
(m. 2007)

Early lifeEdit

Banerjee was born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and was her parents' only child. Her father was Upamanyu Banerjee. Her original name was Jhumjhum Banerjee, her name was changed to Rachana by Sukhen Das, the director of her debut film Daan Pratidaan (1993).


Banerjee won the Miss Calcutta contest in 1990 when she was still in her 2nd year of graduation course from South City College. She entered several beauty pageants before starting her acting career and was often declared 'Miss Beautiful Smile'. In 1992 she missed out of the Miss India contest grand finale where Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was crowned the coveted title. Her fame led her into films and she was spotted by Chidananda Dasgupta for his second Bengali feature film Amodini (1995). Banerjee's breakthrough role was with director Sukhen Das who changed her name to Rachana (which Das found in 'Rabindra Rachanabali'). Later she acted successfully opposite superstars of Indian cinema including Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi, Upendra Rao, Mithun Chakraborty, Siddhanta Mahapatra, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Tapas Paul. She appeared in 35 Bengali films with Prosenjit Chatterjee, of which 32 were declared 'Superhits'. She is regarded as the first and biggest superstar of Odia film industry. Her biggest success in film career comes when she played the female lead opposite veteran megastar Prosenjit Chatterjee in about 35 movies. She was greatly influenced by Prosenjit Chatterjee and she admired Prosenjit Chatterjee, the most.

Hosting Didi No. 1Edit

Apart from acting, Banerjee has also hosted the popular Bengali non-fiction TV show, Didi No. 1, which is aired on Zee Bangla on weekdays. On 5 April 2013 a fire broke out in the studio of Didi No. 1 at Tollygunge, and she fainted following a panic attack and was rushed to a city hospital (Aurobindo Seva Sadan) immediately.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Rachna Banerjee married to Probal Basu since 2007. They have a son named Proneel Basu. [3]


List of reality showsEdit

Year Show Season Role Ref
2010 Dance Bangla Dance - Junior Judge
Didi No. 1 2 Anchor
No 1 Didi Na Dada 1
Tumi Je Amar 1 Anchor
2018 Dance Bangla Dance - Junior, Season 10 Judge


  • Kalakar Awards, Bharat Nirman Award, Odia State Film Award, Special Film Award by West Bengal State Govt, Tele Samman Award, ETV Bangla Film Award, Zee Bangla Sonar Songsar Award 2015 for Didi No. 1 & Tumi Je Amar[4]


  1. ^ Sandeep Mishra (11 April 2009). "Sidhant runs into' Rachana". The Times Of India. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Three injured in fire at reality show set". Times Of India. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Actress Rachana Banerjee Separated From Her Husband?". Update Odisha. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Kalakar award winners" (PDF). Kalakar website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.

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