Satarupa Sanyal

Satarupa Sanyal is a Bengali Indian independent or parallel cinema film director, producer, actress, poet and social activist, based in Kolkata, India.[1] She is well known for her feminist social stances that inform her films.

Satarupa Sanyal
The Director of ‘ONYO OPALAA’ Satarupa Sanyal, the Director of ‘NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR’ Bardroy Barretto, the Director of ‘KOTI’, Suhaas Surykant Bhosale and Actress, Palomi Ghosh addressing a press conference.jpg
Satarupa Sanyal (left), IFFI (2015)

12th November 1962
OccupationFilm director

Early lifeEdit

She was born on 12 November 1962, to professor Tarun Sanyal and Keya Sanyal, in Burdwan, West Bengal. She got her school education at the St. Margaret's School in Kolkata, and later attended the Scottish Church College for her school leaving examination. Later she graduated from the Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya on Veterinary Science and later enrolled in masters on Veterinary Pathology.[1] She got training in Rabindra Sangeet from Smt. Maya Sen, Gitabitan And in classical music from Shri Jamininath Ganguli and Shri Shrikant Bakre.

She started a cultural, literary little magazine "Aw" while she was a student of under graduate which is still continuing till date. Her daughters Chitrangada Satarupa and Ritabhari Chakraborty are celebrated actors.[2]


She was trained in Hindustani classical music and Rabindra Sangeet and performed for the All India Radio.[3]

She acted in films since 1985. Initially she performed for Doordarshan plays and telefilms in lead roles. These include performances in Sukh, Aparichita, Uttaradhikar, Bikalpa, Sukher Jonne, Prasab and Bhanga Aiyna.[3]

She quit acting and involved in film production. She worked as an Assistant Director and associated script writer to noted director Utpalendu Chakrabarty for seven years. In 1998 she made her debut film "Anu" as a director and producer under her own banner "SCUD". Till date she has directed Atatayee, Tanyabi Firti, Kalo Chita, Once Upon A Time In Kolkata, Tobuo Basanta , Onyo Opalaa.

She has made some important short films like FOOL FOR LOVE, starring Anurag Kashyap and Ritabhari, HOW ABOUT A KISS , starring Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari.

She served Central Board of Film Certification for four years as a member. She also served as a National jury member for Indian Panorama for several times, jury for the National Award for Feature Film, National Awards for All India Radio and selection committee jury in MIFF.


Feature filmsEdit


  • Mahesh - for Akash Bangla
  • Andhare Alo - Akash Bangla
  • Musolmanir Golpo - Akash Bangla
  • Putra Yagna - Akash Bangla
  • Bhalobasar Rang - Zee Bangla
  • Sei Meyeta - Doordarshan Kolkata
  • Janmadatri - ETV Bangla
  • Kalo Mem - ETV Bangla
  • Sesh Kheyay - ETV Bangla
  • Bar Bodhu - ETV Bangla
  • Satyer Cheye Boro - ETV Bangla
  • Dandamundo - Tara Muzik
  • Jungler Chitranatya - Tara Muzik
  • Waris
  • Jaler Moto Soja - for UNICEF
  • Chetna - for West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society
  • Ar Bhul Noi - For State Legal Services Authority
  • Tahader kotha- For Govt. Of West Bengal
  • Golpo noy- For Govt. of West Bengal
  • Notun Swapno - For Hugli jilla parishad
  • Utho go bharat lakshmi- For State legal services authority
  • Bodhon
  • Eksho Baro
  • Kalo beral
  • Kalush

Chakma FilmsEdit

  • Tanyabi's Lake (2005)


  • Surer Guru - A Documentary Film of Jamini Ganguly (1985)
  • Treasures of Gorumara, Govt. of West Bengal
  • Jaley Jangaley Jiban, Govt. of West Bengal
  • Festival & Festivities of Bengal, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore
  • M Madhusudan Dutta, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore
  • Rathyatra and Jhanpan Utsav, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore
  • Jiboner Jalshaghorey, documentary on Manna Dey
  • " Immortal martyr Jatin Das", Films Division
  • " Murshidabad the citadel of Bengal Nawabs", Films division
  • " My son will not be a Chhou dancer", PSBT
  • " Kabitar kalpurush Pabitra Mukhopadhyay"
  • Eto juddho keno?


  • National Film Award ( Rajat Kamal)for Best Lyrics for Chandaneer in 1990
  • BFJA Film Award for Best film for ANU in 1999
  • BFJA Film Award for Best original story for ANU in 1999
  • Indian Panorama selection of ANU in 1999
  • Anandalok Award for Best Actress( Indrani Haldar) and Best female playback singer ( Haimanti shukla) for ANU in 1999
  • Indian Panorama selection of Onyo Apalaa in 2015

See alsoEdit

Ritabhari Chakraborty and Chitrangada Satarupa


  1. ^ a b Biography
  2. ^ Chakraborty, Saionee (15 June 2018). "I live a simple life on my own simple terms — Ritabhari Chakraborty". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Zooming in

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