Bengali movie actor Prasenjit Chattopadhyay, affectionately
called Bumba-da by his huge fan following, is one of the top stars of
Bangla cinema for over a quarter of a century. Son of popular hero of
yesterday, Biswajeet Chatterjee (buy
Biswajit DVD Collection Online), Prosenjit started his career in film
at the age of around four with Chotto Jigyasha directed by his dad.
Prosenjit's sister Pallavi Chatterjee is also an acclaimed
In this comprehensive, informal and intimate interview, Prosenjit
Chatterjee talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio about
his career in films and Bengali cinema. Do not miss the words of one of
the greatest Bengali movie personalities with unbeatable popularity.
Prasenjit Chatterjee lives in Kolkata with his wife, actress Arpita
Pal Chatterjee and their son Trishanjit. Arpita has recently
re-emerged in Bengali cinema after a gap of several years.
King of commercial / pop Bengali cinema for many years, Prosenjit
has matured into a full-fledged character actor powerful enough for
challenging roles in parallel and art-house films starting with
Rituparno Ghosh's 2003 gem "Choker Bali" (Chokher
Bali - A Passion Play Online DVD Release) where he appeared alongside Aishwarya
Rai and Raima Sen. His fabulous performance as Kaushik in DOSAR
(2007) [BUY DVD]
co-starring Konkona Sen earned him a Silver Lotus National
Award. He considers the role of Kaushik as the most challenging in his
300 or so films so far.
The 1983 film 'Duti Pata' (1983) saw Prosenjit Chatterjee
debut as the hero. The film was a super-hit and launched Prosenjit into
super-stardom in Bangla cinema. Other remarkable Prosenjit-starrers
include AMAR SANGI (1987) [BUY DVD]
with Vijayeta Pandit - the famous song "Chirodini Aami Je Tomar"
still reverberates in Bengali hearts, Tarun Majumdar's Apon Amar
Apon (1990), Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s 'Ami,
Yaseen Aar Amaar Madhubala' (2007) and many more.
Prosenjit has acted against around 50 heroines and ex-wife and
childhood friend Debashree Roy remains his favorite actress to
work with. He has appeared with Satabdi Roy in the highest number
of films, and has acted with other top Tollywood heroines like Rachana
Interview), Rituparna Sengupta (Interview),
Indrani Haldar and his wife Arpita Pal Chatterjee.