Utpal Datta

Utpal Datta is a National Film Award-winning film critic. He has been associated with Bismoi, an entertainment Assamese magazine; Rangghar, a cultural monthly; and Roopkar, a cultural monthly. He later joined the All India Radio Guwahati, where his book 24 Frames (2008), an anthology of articles on Indian cinema, was released as a radio program.[1]

Utpal Datta
Utpal Datta addressing a press conference in 2013
Utpal Datta addressing a press conference in 2013
Alma materGauhati University
Notable awardsNational Film Award, RAPA Award, Laadli Media Award and many more.
SpouseNamrata Datta
ChildrenRagamala Rahi Datta

Personal lifeEdit

Utpal Datta earned his Masters in Arts from Gauhati University. Later he earned a post-graduate diploma in Marketing Management. He started his career as a local reporter with Natun Asomiya, a weekly newspaper. Later he joined Roopakar as a photographer and reporter. He was later sub- of Bismoi, the largest circulated monthly of the northeast, and Assistant of Rangghar, a cultural monthly published from Bismoi Prakashan.

For a few years, he represented Assam as a special correspondent to Cinema India International. He has served other AIR stations like Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Williamnagar, Haflong, Guwahati and Ranchi. After retirement, he joined NGS as Political Consultant and Social Media Consultant for a period of 2 months at the time of Assam Legislative Assembly Election 2021. Now, he is working as the Dean, Programme of Performing Arts, Assam down town University, Guwahati.

He has directed one impressionistic short film, By-Lane2, based on the works of Assamese film journalist Pabitra Kumar Deka. The film was selected for several Film Festivals and for Indian Panorama 2013.[2][3] His second film is Through Trust and Fear, based on the philosophy of Assamese writer Nirupama Barghohain. This film was produced by Mihir Goswami. Datta's third film, Borgeet - Eti Dhrupadi Ratna, is based on the borgeets of Assam.

Poster of the film BOHUBRITTA

His latest non-feature film BOHUBRITTA (circles) was screened in several International Film Festivals. His first venture in Feature Film is Ji Galpar Ses Nai, an anthology film with Prodyut Kumar Deka and Prasant Saikia.

He is the President of a film society named CHALACHITRAM and Festival Director of Chalachitram National Film Festival.

He is married to Namrata Datta, a writer; they live in Guwahati with their daughter Ragamala.


Original workEdit

  • Ami Kene Aacho - Dutta's first published book, a short-length play written for environmental theatre; themed on youth unrest, and set in a small-town environment
  • Aparupa Andaman - a travelogue; first appeared in leading Assamese journal Prantik; later came in a book form and was an instant hit
  • Naishajatri - a novel, based on the day and nightlife of working women of Guwahati; a hit for his unique style and contemporary theme; in this book Dutta used style from films, radio plays, and journalistic prose
  • Mozartor Swaralipi - Dutta's only detective novel, later adapted to radio play and TV serial in Assamese and Hindi languages
  • Chalachitra - Dutta's first book on film study; an anthology of articles written on various aspects of the film of the state and the country; published by one major publisher of the state, 's Book Stall
  • Ki Naam Ei Premar – a novel, based on a real-life love story
  • Maramar Neha – a novel written in a format of a letter, also translated into Bodo language
  • Mantramugdha- Detective Novel where the Detective fails to solve the problem and the second part begins. . . based on the theme of extra marital affairs on the backdrop of Film Making.
  • Cine-Quiz – a descriptive quiz book on film
  • Chalachitrar Rasaswadan book on Film Appreciation
  • Mantramugdha has been translated into English and published in Oct 2020.


  • Chalachtra Katha – a film study, first Assamese book on film. This book has been selected as a reference book for UGC's BA in Assamese course under CBCS and for Post Graduate classes of Guwahati.
  • Ekhan Swasa Mukhare – poems of Nabakata Baruah
  • Nabakanta Baruar Uapnyash Samagra – novels of Nabakata Baruah
  • Satikar Srestha Premar Galpa – selected Assamese love stories of the 20th century
  • Soi Dasakar Gadya – selected prose of Bhabedra Nath Saikia
  • Sampadakar Kothlait – Bhabendra Nath Saikia's satirical writings
  • Nobel Bota Bijoyi Lekhakar Galpa – translated stories from Nobel Laureates
  • Amar Chinaki Tassaduk – an anthology of articles written on Assamese; Director Tassaduk Usuf
  • Anirban – screenplay by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  • Kalasandhya – screenplay by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  • Agnisnan – screenplay by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  • Kolahal – screenplay by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  • Abartan – screenplay by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia - This book has been selected as a reference book Post Graduate classes of Guwahati .
  • Itihash – screenplay by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  • Sandhyarag – screenplay by Bhabendra Nath Saikia
  • Ganje Fariste - selected writings by Sadat Kasan Mantoo
  • Chalachitra - Samoi-Samaj-Nandanttwa -essays on film - This book has been selected as a reference book for UGC's BA in Assamese course under CBCS and for Post Graduate classes of Guwahati.


  • Tuglak and Nagamandala – two plays by Girish Karnad; Tuglak was staged by the group under Bhagirathi's direction
  • Matra Ata Sparshatei Barashun Diya Megh - translation of a selection of K Satchidanandan's poems
  • The of War - Assamese translation of the ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the 5th century BC and is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu
  • DURYODHAN - Assamese translation of Dr Dipak Chandra's Bangla novel.
  • HERAI JOWA BASTUBOR- Assamese translation of K Satchidanandan's Akademi award-Winning book MISPLACED OBJECTS and other poems.
  • AILOI CITHI - Assamese translation of Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Letter to Mother

Other worksEdit

  • Godmother - original play, based on women in politics; staged by Hengool Theatre
  • Kanchan – adopted play, based on sexual harassment on women in the; staged by Hengool for two continuous years; one of the major plays in touring professional theater of Assam.
  • Ayn Rand's Night of 16 January – translated play; staged by Aikatan; Guwahati Doordarshan telecasted this play to observe world theater day

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • RAPA Award for Radio Production (with Prabal Sarma on AIDS ORPHANS)
  • Special Jury Mention for in Cinema at the National Film Awards[4]
  • Moonlight Media Award for Cultural Journalism
  • Jyotirupa Media Award for Film Criticism
  • Nirod Chaudhury Award for Film Criticism
  • Laadli Media Award for Radio Production
  • Served as jury member for Excellence in Radio Award
  • Served as jury member for Assam State Film Award
  • PANOS Media Fellow 2011
  • USEA Media Fellowship 2013
  • Served as Jury member, Indian Panorama, IFFI 2018
  • Jury Member, 7th Le Festival des Films Indiens de Toulouse


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