Swastika Mukherjee (born 13 December 1979) is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Bengali and Hindi films and television. She is the daughter of actor Santu Mukhopadhyay.[1][2]

Swastika Mukherjee
Mukherjee in 2015
Born (1979-12-13) 13 December 1979 (age 43)
Years active2000–present
Promit Sen
(m. 1998)
Parent(s)Santu Mukhopadhyay
Gopa Mukherjee

Mukherjee made her screen debut with Devdasi, a Bengali TV series. She made her big screen debut with Hemanter Pakhi (2001). Her first leading role came with Mastan (2004). She made her Hindi film debut with Mumbai Cutting (2008).

Early life edit

Mukherjee spent her childhood in a self-described "simple life" with her father Santu Mukhopadhyay, younger sister Ajopa, and mother Gopa.[3][4] Her favorite films were Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She was educated at Carmel School, Kolkata, St. Teresa's Secondary School, and Gokhale Memorial School.[5]

Personal life edit

In 1998 at the age of 18, she married Promit Sen, son of Rabindra Sangeet singer Sagar Sen. The marriage was an unhappy one and lasted two years. Swastika accused Promit of physically abusing her and locking her out of their home when she was pregnant. She filed a charge against him for cruelty and solicitation of dowry. These charges were subsequently dismissed and Promit was acquitted.[5][6]

Swastika later filed an affidavit in court stating that her accusations were 'unfounded, false, baseless and speculative,' before confessing in a media conference that they were false.[7][8] Consequently, Promit's brother sued her for damages in Calcutta High Court and she was held liable for ₹7.7 crore ($1.7 million).[9] According to Mukherjee, Sen filed for divorce in 2000, but changed his mind when she became successful in her acting career.[5] She had one daughter from the marriage, Anwesha, born in 2000.[10]

Career edit

In 2001, Mukherjee enrolled at the Ananda Shankar Centre for Culture, learning dance from veteran Tanusree Shankar.[5] During the filming of Mastan, she began dating her co-star Jeet.[5] They went on to appear in several films together, including Kranti, Sathihara, Priyotoma, Krishnakanter Will, Pitribhumi and Partner. She later began a relationship with Parambrata Chatterjee on the set of Brake Fail.[11] As she was still lawfully married to Pramit Sen, he filed a charge against Chatterjee for criminal adultery and enticement of a married woman.[10] They separated in 2010 when Chatterjee moved to Bristol.[12]

Filmography edit

Year Films Role
2001 Hemanter Pakhi
2003 Chokher Bali Young Courtesan
2004 Criminal
Mastan Mamta
2005 Mantra
2006 Priyotoma
2006 Sathihara Anuradha
2006 Kranti Arpita
2007 Krishnakanter Will Rohini
2007 Pitribhumi
2008 Partner Priya Bhattacharya
Hello Kolkata Raima
2009 Sobar Upore Tumi Bangladeshi film
Brake Fail -
033 -
2010 Byomkesh Bakshi Shiuli
2011 Mumbai Cutting
Bye Bye Bangkok Tanima
2012 Bhooter Bhabishyat Kadalibala
Abar Byomkesh Rajani
Tabe Tai Hok Tilottama
2013 Mishawr Rawhoshyo Snigdha
Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends Shree
Basanta Utsav
Maach Mishti & More Reena
2014 Take One Doyel Mitra-
Jaatishwar Mahamaya Bandopadhyay/ Soudamini
2015 Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Anguri Devi / Yasmeen
Ebar Shabor Mitali
Shesher Kobita Ketaki
2016 Saheb Bibi Golaam Jaya
Kiriti Roy
2017 Byomkesh O Agnibaan
Ashampta -
2018 Aami Ashbo Phirey Gargi
Michael Shinjini Sen
Aaron Alita Apte
2019 Kia and Cosmos Dia Chaterjee
Shah Jahan Regency Kamalini Guha
The Lovely Mrs. Mukherjee
2020 Tasher Ghawr Sujata
Dil Bechara Mrs. Sunila Basu
Guldasta Dolly Bagri
Karmachakra: Episode Zero Ganga (voice)
2022 Shrimati
Kora Kagazz
Qala Urmila Manjushree Hindi film
2023 Shibpur Mandira Biswas
Love All Hindi film
2024 Durgapur Junction

Television edit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2000–2005 Ek Akasher Niche Piu Zee Bangla
2017 Dupur Thakurpo Uma Hoichoi
2019 The Stoneman Murders Sneha
2020 Charitraheen 3 Rabeya Shamin
Black Widows Jayati Sardesai Zee5
Paatal Lok Dolly Mehra Amazon Prime Video
Paanch Phoron Nayana Hoichoi
2021 Mohomaya Aruna [13]
2022 Escaype Live Mala Disney+ Hotstar
Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach Avantika

Controversies edit

In May 2014, Mukherjee was hospitalized after an alleged suicide attempt. Under strong local protest, Kolkata police detained Mukherjee's boyfriend Sumon Mukhopadhyay.[14]

References edit

  1. ^ "Tollywood top girls on the go, at a glance". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 4 September 2004. Archived from the original on 28 December 2004. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Interview swastika Mukherjee on her talk of the town character spending time with shabitri and pushing boundaries". Telegraph India.
  3. ^ "Swastika poses with father Santu Mukherjee - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  4. ^ "We are family". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Interview with Swastika Mukherjee". Savvy. 26 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Singer Behind Bars for Wife-Bashing". Calcutta Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 9 June 2000. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  7. ^ says, Ankan Basu. "Bengali Film Actress Swastika Mukherjee confessed false dowry allegations – Calcutta Tube". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Paatal Lok Actor Swastika Mukherjee Publicly Apologised For Filing 498A Case Against Husband's Family". Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Actress loses appeal in Rs 7.7 crore case". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Arrest warrant against Param". The Times of India. 18 September 2009. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  11. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (5 July 2009). "'An intimate scene would be a pushover'". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Swastika ready for one night stand?". The Times of India. 5 September 2010. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  13. ^ "SWASTIKA AND ANANYA ARE SET TO FIRE UP THE SCREEN IN MOHOMAYA SWASTIKA AND ANANYA ARE SET TO FIRE UP THE SCREEN IN MOHOMAYA". epaper.telegraphindia.com. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021.
  14. ^ Roy, Gitanjali (6 November 2014). "Swastika Mukherjee: Bengals Sweetheart But Off-Screen, a Darker Story – NDTV Movies". NDTVMovies.com.

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