Celebrity Review: Rituparna Sengupta
Rituparna Sengupta is an Indian film actress who has predominantly appeared in Bengali movie industry. She is the leading actress in Bengali films in the last decade and also stamps her position in some Hindi movies too. Born on 7th November 1971, she married the Founder and CEO of Mobi Apps as well as her childhood friend Sanjay Chakrabarty, in 1999. Rituparna Sengupta has won a number of national and state awards in her filmy career including Silver Lotus for best actress for Dahan in 42nd National Film Festival of India in 1998.
Interested in the artistic views since a young age Rituparna learned singing, dancing, painting, and handicrafts at a painting school, called Chitrangshu. She studied at Mount Carmel school, and later graduated in History from Lady Brabourne College. Later she interrupted her Modern History for an M.A. Studies at the University of Calcutta to concentrate on her career as an actress.
Dahan (1997), directed by Rituparno Ghosh, brought Rituparna into the spotlight as an actress of much merit winning her the National Award for Best Actress, sharing it with her co-star in the film, Indrani Haldar. The film tells the story of two women whose lives are changed forever by a traumatic incident. Romita (Rituparna Sengupta), newly-and-unhappily married, is molested by a gang of men while her husband looks on; Jhinuk (Indrani Haldar), a progressive schoolteacher, intervenes and helps the woman out. Although neither woman has done anything wrong, both are victimized, and their situation becomes a parable about the situation of women in contemporary India. Romita is accused of somehow provoking the men who attacked her, and as the case proceeds toward trial, Jhinuk is pressured to retract her statements as a witness. The film sees two stunning performances by Indrani Haldar and Rituparna Sengupta.
Versatility in the work
Rituparna has done all kinds of films and all kinds of roles in Bengali cinema be it offbeat films or mainstream Bengali cinema, be it women-oriented films or merely playing the glam doll in mainstream cinema. But wanting to become more visible nationally and with more interesting ‘multiplex’ films coming up in the last few years in Mumbai, Rituparna returned to Hindi cinema with the fairly engaging comedy Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh (2005) co-starring Rajpal Yadav and Kay Kay Menon and the flawed marital drama Unns: Love Forever (2006).
Now, while still the unquestioned queen of the Bengali films, she is doing enough films in Hindi as well. She runs a media company, Prism Entertainment. She, in addition, works for the care and treatment of children afflicted with Thalassaemia.
Rituparna has also worked in Bengali films made in Bangladesh. As a trained classical dancer she has her own dance troupe Bhabna Aaj O Kaal which performs various dance-dramas based on Tagore (Shyama, Meghdoot & Mayar Khela) and other themes and has made commendable contributions in the sphere of Dance Drama. She has also written columns in the periodicals Anandalok and Bangladesher Hriday.
It’s been more than 20 years since she started acting, but she is still the reigning heroine of Bengali cinema. Her age did not make any obstacles to her success. And, there lies the success of her masterpieces among the cinema lovers and her fans.