Celebrity Review: Prosenjit Chatterjee
Can mirrors ever lie? One look at Prosenjit Chatterjee and you’d probably have to say that yes they can. Age, for him, is just a number. Since his debut in “Dui Prithibi” playing the younger version of the legendary Uttam Kumar in 1980, Prosenjit Chatterjee or Bumba Da as he is so affectionately called by his peers and fans has been the leading star in the Bengali Film Industry, acting in over 250 movies over the last three decades. One may argue that most of his movies are commercial movies with rustic storylines that intellectuals stayed away from, but since Rituparno Ghosh’s “Chokher Bali”(2003) he has acted in many critically acclaimed movies like “Dosar”, “Sob Charitro Kalponik”, “Moner Manush”, “Autograph”, “Noukadubi”, “Baishe Srabon” earning him numerous accolades for his acting prowess. Most powerful character in the Bengali Movie Industry, Mr. Prosenjit Chattejee not only noted for his work or cinematic appearance in over hundreds of commercial movies but also he is known as the saviour of Bengali Films when Tollywood was going through its darkest phase after passing away of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar and other major faces of this industry.
The son of actor Biswajit Chatterjee, he is generally regarded as the biggest Bengali film superstar after the icon Uttam Kumar. He started his acting life as a child actor in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chotto Jigyasa, for which he won the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association – Most Outstanding Work of the Year Award.
Prosenjit’s breakthrough role came opposite Vijeta Pandit in Amar Sangi (1987), a highly successful romantic drama directed by Sujit Guha. In Hindi cinema, he made his debut with David Dhawan directed Aandhiyan (1990). Apart from appearing in a series of masala films, he started doing middle-of-the-road cinema with Chokher Bali (film) which starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in her debut Bengali film and which met with critical and commercial success upon release. He again came back in doing commercial films.
He portrayed the role of Lalon, a noted spiritual leader, poet and folk singer of Bengal in the 19th century in Goutam Ghose directorial Moner Manush and Anthony Firingee in the National Film Awards winning film, Jaatishwar. He has committed to star in the Hindi films 3 Dev, alongside Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen, Karan Singh Grover and Tabeer alongside Neeraj Kabi.
Prosenjit collaborated with Rituparno Ghosh for Shob Charitro Kalponik in 2009, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali. Prosenjit got his another laurel in 2010 by portraying the main character of Arun Chatterjee in the film of a debutant director, Srijit Mukherji’s Autograph for which he was nominated at MIAAC (Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council) film festival, under the Best Actor category. He received the Best Actor Award and National Film Award for Dosar – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for his phenomenal performance in the film.
“Superstar from Bengal”, called by the legendary actor Mr. Amitav Bacchan, this man is an inspiration of the entire Bengali movie industry for sure.