Samir Chanda

Samir Chanda (1957 – 18 August 2011) was an Indian art director and production designer across Indian cinema, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil, most known for his work in films like Yodha (1992), Dil Se.. (1998), Guru (2007), Omkara (2006), Rang De Basanti (2006), and Raavan (2010).[1][2]

Samir Chanda
Died18 August 2011 (age 53)
Other namesSameer Chanda
Occupationart director, production designer
Years active1983–2011

He also directed a Bengali film, Ek Nadir Galpo (2008) starring Mithun Chakraborty. It was Indian entries for the Asian, African and Latin American Competition segment of the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa[3] He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Art Direction four times, including Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005) directed by Shyam Benegal.


A trained painter from Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, he moved to Mumbai and started his career as an assistant to noted art director Nitish Roy working in films like, Mandi (1983) by Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen. Subsequently, started handling films independently as art director and production designer, with Subhash Ghai's Ram Lakhan (1989). Over the years he worked with directors like Shyam Benegal, Sangeeth Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Gautam Ghosh and Mani Ratnam.[1][4]

For film Delhi-6 directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Chanda recreated inner lanes of Old Delhi at Sambhar town in Rajasthan, as it has similar architecture. Later, for some scenes, historic Jama Masjid was digitally added to the frame as a backdrop.[5]

Wasiq Khan, who later did Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), started his career as an assistant art director with Chanda in films, Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997) and Shyam Benegal's Hari-Bhari (2000), before starting out on his own.[6]

He died in Mumbai on 18 August 2011, at the age of 53. Reportedly, he suffered a drug reaction to a painkiller he had taken for a toothache earlier that day, and suffered a heart attack. He was rushed a hospital in Malad, Mumbai, where he died within an hour.[1][7]


Year Title Note
1989 Ram Lakhan
1992 Yodha Malayalam film
1993 Rudaali
1993 Gandharvam Malayalam film
1995 Nirnayam Malayalam film
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin
1997 Iruvar Tamil film
1998 Dil Se..
1998 Daya Malayalam film
Kerala State Film Award for Best Art Director
2001 Aalavandhan Tamil film
2001 Zubeidaa
2001 Aks
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet
2005 Mr Ya Miss
2006 Krrish
2006 Omkara Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction
2006 Rang De Basanti
2006 Kantatar Bengali film
2006 Faltu (Bengali)
2006 Galli Galli Sim Sim (TV series) Hindi adaptation of Sesame Street
2007 Guru Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction
2007 Blood Brothers (short film)
2008 Dasavathaaram Tamil film
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur
2008 Ghajini
2009 Kaalbela
2009 Kaminey
2009 Delhi-6
2009 Well Done Abba!
2010 Raavan
2010 Raavanan Tamil film
2011 7 Khoon Maaf
2015 Ek Nadir Galpo Bengali film (Posthumous)



  1. ^ a b c "Art director Samir Chanda passes away". NDTV. 19 August 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Remembering Samir Chanda..." The Times of India. 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Indian entries for IFFI". The Hindu. 17 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Upperstall Profile: Samir Chanda".
  5. ^ Deepanjana Pal (September 2013). "Places Other Than This". The Big Indian Picture. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Wasiq Khan: How to blend in and stand out". Livemint. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  7. ^ Subhash K Jha (19 August 2011). "Art director Samir Chanda dies at 54S". The Times of India.

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