Anjan Dutt

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Anjan Dutt
Anjan Dutt
Anjan Dutt
Background information
GenresUrban folk, Bengali modern
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • actor
  • director
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1981–present
LabelsRPG, Sagarika Musics Pvt Ltd.
Associated actsKabir Suman, Nachiketa Chakraborty

Anjan Dutt is an Indian film director, actor, and singer-songwriter known for his work in the Bengali alternative music genre anyodharar gaan. As an actor, Dutt began his career in Bengali cinema in the Mrinal Sen film Chalachitro, for which he won the best newcomer actor award at the Venice Film Festival. He acted in Aparna Sen's hit film, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. In 2018 he featured in Swapnasandhani's new play Taraye Taraye, as Vincent Van Gogh, under the direction of Kaushik Sen.

He is also a national award-winning filmmaker and is one of the most prominent directors of Bengali cinema, directing "Dutta Vs Dutta","Madly Bangali", The Bong Connection, Chalo Let's Go, and Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona. In recent years, he has directed the Byomkesh Bakshi movie series.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Anjan Dutt (Bengali Kayastha) was raised in the mountains of North Bengal. He had his schooling from St. Paul's School in Darjeeling.

In the late seventies, he joined a group called Open Theatre and in the early eighties performed plays translated from works of renowned foreign playwrights like Sartre, Peter Weiss, Jean Genet and Bertold Brecht. The group clearly drew inspiration from Nandikar, a highly active and already famous theatre group at that time. Due to politically sensitive content, they faced many obstructions in producing and performing their work, and eventually, the group discontinued its repertoire.

Dutt was first selected in the feature film Chalachitro, directed by renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen. The film and his performance were critically acclaimed at the Venice Film Festival, but for unknown reasons, it was never released commercially. Dutt said that he was more interested in doing art cinema rather than commercial mainstream cinema. After doing a few art films that were not so commercially successful, including the critically well-received Juganto, scarcity of job opportunities forced him to take up jobs in advertising and later as a journalist for the Kolkata-based daily, The Statesman.

Singing career[edit | edit source]

At that time, Dutt was greatly influenced by the music of Kabir Suman who had heralded a new era in Bengali music through his songs. These songs and lyrics, commonly referred to as Jeebonmukhi (literally meaning "towards life"), were concerned with the tough reality of Bengali middle-class social life, in and around Kolkata.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Anjan Dutt is married to Chanda Dutt. They have a son together- Neel Dutt, who is a famous music director of the Indian industry.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Albums[edit | edit source]

Singles (1996–2011)[edit | edit source]

  • "Khawar Gaan" (3:02) (with Nachiketa Chakraborty & Suman Chattopadhyay)
  • "Hotuk Shob Oshundor" (1:58) (with Shalini Chatterjee, Shayari Das, Tanushree Haldar & Sreetoma Ghosh)
  • "Feludar Gaan" (3:04) (with Nachiketa Chakraborty & Suman Chattopadhyay)
  • "Freedom" (5:37) (with Indrani Sen, Indranil Sen & others)
  • "Sadhinota" (4:50) (with Indrani Sen, Indranil Sen & others)
  • "Ekushe Pa" (3:57)
  • "Bow Barracks Forever!" (4:38)
  • "Tumi Na thakle" (4:25) (with Usha Uthhup)
  • "Chalo Let's Go.." (4:43)
  • "Ei Poth Jodi Na Sesh Hoy" (4:30) (with Srikanto Acharya & others)
  • "Jedike Rasta" (3:45)
  • "Tumi Nei Tai" (4:07)
  • "Kato ki Korar Chhilo" (4:32)
  • "Jagorone Jay Bibhabori" (2:54) (with Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury & Kabir Suman)
  • “Ami Chini Go Chini Tomare”

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Credits Comment
Director Actor
1981 Chaalchitra Yes
1982 Kharij Yes
1982 Grihajuddha Yes
1988 The Bengali Night Yes
1989 Ek Din Achanak Yes
1991 City of Hope Yes
1992 Mahaprithibi Yes
1992 City of Joy Yes
1993 Sunya Theke Suru Yes
1993 Shilpi Yes
1993 Antareen Yes
1995 Yugant Yes
1998 Badadin Yes Hindi directorial debut
2001 Dekha Yes
2002 Mr. and Mrs. Iyer Yes
2004 Bow Barracks Forever Yes Bengali directorial debut
2006 The Bong Connection Yes
2008 Chalo Let's Go Yes
2009 Madly Bangalee Yes Yes
2009 Chowrasta: Crossroads of Love Yes
2010 Byomkesh Bakshi Yes
2010 Mahanagar @ Kolkata Yes
2011 Ranjana Ami Ar Asbona Yes Yes Abani
2011 Urochithi Yes
2011 Jani Dekha Hobe Yes
2012 Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish Yes
2012 Abar Byomkesh Yes
2012 Dutta Vs Dutta Yes Yes Biren Dutt
2013 BBD Yes Unreleased
2013 Ganesh Talkies Yes
2014 Sesh Bole Kichhu Nei Yes Yes
2014 Byomkesh Phire Elo Yes
2015 Nirbaak Yes
2015 Byomkesh Bakshi Yes
2015 Monbaksho Yes Yes Yet to release
2015 Saheb Bibi Golaam Yes Jimmy Luke
2016 Hemanta Yes
2016 Byomkesh O Chiriyakhana Yes Yes Kokonad Gupta (cameo)
2016 The Bongs Again Yes
2017 Byomkesh O Agniban Yes Yes Kokonad Gupta
2018 Ami Ashbo Phirey Yes Yes
2018 Uma Yes Brahmanamda Chakraborty
2018 Ahare Mon Yes
2018 Ek Je Chhilo Raja Yes
2019 Shah Jahan Regency Yes
2019 Finally Bhalobasha Yes Yes
2019 Shankar Mudi Yes
2019 Satyanweshi Byomkesh Yes
2019 If Not for You (2019)[1] Yes Himself
2020 Bony Yes
2020 Saheber Cutlet Yes Yes

Awards[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "If Not for You (2019)". 24 May 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2020.

External links[edit | edit source]

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