Victor Banerjee is an Indian actor who appears in English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language films. He has worked for directors such as Roman Polanski, James Ivory, Sir David Lean, Jerry London, Ronald Neame, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Montazur Rahman Akbar and Ram Gopal Varma. He won the National film award for best supporting actor for the film Ghare Baire.
|Spouse(s)||Maya Bhate Banerjee|
|Children||Keya Banerjee, Dia Banerjee|
Early life and educationEdit
Banerjee completed his schooling from St. Edmund's School, Shillong. He did his graduation in English literature from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta; and completed his post graduation in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University.
He turned down a scholarship to Trinity College in Dublin, which had offered to him, through the Irish Christian Brothers, to admit him as an operatic tenor.
In 1984, Banerjee portrayed Dr. Aziz Ahmed in David Lean's film of A Passage to India, bringing him to the attention of western audiences. He was nominated for a BAFTA award for the role in 1986, and won the Evening Standard British Film Award and NBR Award (National Board Review, USA) for it. In April 1985, at a special event in Louisiana where John Travolta and Loretta Swit were also honoured, Banerjee received the "Show-a-Rama Award" from the Motion Picture Association of America as "New International Star".
He acted in Merchant Ivory Productions Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures, Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari and Ghare Baire and in Mrinal Sen's Mahaprithivi. On the set of Gunday starring Priyanka Chopra, Mr. Banerjee has said that he feels "all work is a challenge and therefore fun".
Banerjee is the only person in India who has won the National Award in three categories: As a cinematographer, for his documentary Where No Journeys End (which, in competition with 3100 entries from 27 countries, also won the Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival); as a director, for his documentary The Splendour of Garhwal and Roopkund; and as an actor (Best Supporting Actor) for his work in Satyajit Ray's Ghare Baire.
- Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977, dir. Satyajit Ray) (English Title: The Chess Players) - Prime Minister
- Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978, dir. James Ivory)
- Dui Prithibi (1980, dir. Piyush Bose)
- Pikoo (1981, dir. Satyajit Ray)
- Kalyug (1981, dir. Shyam Benegal)
- Jaipur Junction (1982)
- Arohan (1982)
- Doosri Dulhan (1983)
- Protidan (1983)
- Tanaya (1983)
- Ghare Baire (1984, dir. Satyajit Ray) (English Title: The Home and the World)
- A Passage to India (1984, dir. David Lean) - Aziz
- Pratigya (1985)
- Pratikar (1987)
- Ekanta Apan (1987)
- Foreign Body (1986, dir.Ronald Neame)
- Dadah Is Death (1988)
- Aagoon (1988, Dir. Self)
- Madhuban(1988, Dir. Ajoy Kar)
- Debota (1989)
- Akrosh (1989)
- Lathi (1996, dir.Prabhat Roy)
- Mahaprithibi (1991, dir. Mrinal Sen)
- Bitter Moon (1992, dir. Roman Polanski)
- True Adventures of Christopher Columbus (1992, TV Series)
- Moner Moto Mon (1998, dir. Montazur Rahman Akbar) (aka Raja Rani)
- Antarghaat (2002, Dir. Tathagata Bhattacherjee)
- Bhoot (2003)
- Joggers' Park (2003)
- Bow Barracks Forever (2004, dir. Anjan Dutt)
- Yatna (2005)
- It Was Raining That Night (2005)
- My Brother... Nikhil (2005)
- Amavas (2005)
- Home Delivery (2005)
- Bradford Riots (2006) (TV)
- Ho Sakta Hai (2006)
- The Bong Connection (2006, dir. Anjan Dutt)
- Chaurahen (2007)
- Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007)
- Apne (2007)
- Tahaan (2008) (dir. Santosh Shivan)
- Sarkar Raj (2008) (dir. Ramgopal Verma)
- Sobar Upore Tumi (2009) (dir. F. I. Manik)
- Gosainbaganer Bhoot (2011) (dir. Nitish Roy)
- Meherjaan (2011) (dir. Rubaiyat Hossain)
- Delhi in a Day (2012) (dir. Prashant Nair)
- Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (2012) (Assamese film; dir. Bidyut Kotoky)
- Tor Naam (2012)
- Shabdo (2013) (Kaushik Ganguly)
- Kagojer Nouka (2013)
- Gunday (2014)
- Children of War (2014) (dir. Mrityunjay Devvrat)
- Jeeya Jurir Xubax (2014) (Assamese film; dir. Sanjib Sabhapandit)
- Unfreedom (2014) (dr. Raj Amit Kumar)
- Chakra (2016) (dir. Zubeen Garg)
- Fever (2016)
- Dev Bhoomi (2016) (dir. Goran Pascaljevic)
- Dev Love Express
- Pensando en el
- The Answer (2018)
- Sannyasi Deshonayok (2020)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1984||National Board of Review Awards||A Passage to India||Best Actor||Won|||
|1985||Evening Standard British Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|1986||BAFTA Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Nominated|||
|1985||National Film Awards||Ghare Baire||Best Supporting Actor||Won|||
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