Dwijen Bandyopadhyay was an Indian veteran Bengali actor, director, drama professor, lecturer, and theatre personality from West Bengal, India. He was born on September 22, 1949. He had a degree in Chartered Accountancy. Dwijen Bandyopadhyay worked as the Chief Accountant at Amrita Bazar Patrika until the company closed down. He came into the limelight through a famous Bengali comedy thriller series titled Abar Jakher Dhan. He had also worked as a professor at Rabindranath Bharati University, Kolkata, in the department of drama from 1996 to 2014.
Dwijen Bandyopadhyay had been in Bangla theatre from the seventies onwards. He started his journey with Bagbandi in 1972, directed by Subrata Nandi. Later, he gained acclaim with his unforgettable performances in plays, including Amritakshar in 1978, Samabartan in 1980, and Mallabhumi in 1987. Also, he starred in Shambhu Mitra’s plays, such as Galileor Jibon and Dashachakra. He was actively involved in directing and co-directing plays in Bangla theatre, including Socrates-er-Jobanbondi (1988) and Dhunistambha (1990). In 1982, he formed a theatre group named Samstab. In 1992, he was the recipient of “Paschim Banga Natya Akademi” award for his role in the drama titled Balidan.
In the early 2000s, he became a household favorite from a famous Bangla television serial sitcom “
” and “Labonyer Sansar.” He played in both art house and mainstream films, including Chander Bari (2007), Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy (2012), Phoring (2013), Ichchhemotir Gappo (2015), and many more. Also, he continued his work in the culture of Group theatre of Kolkata. His theatre work was also based on his interest in political ideologies. This is depicted in his plays, Bhutnath, Ei Ghoom, and Tushagmi, authored by
and produced by Samstab.
His last stage performance was the play Bhootnath at Girish Manch on January 1, 2016. Later, he suffered from a severe nerve problem and Alzheimer’s disease for almost a year and nine months. This disease caused speech problems and affected the right part of his body. Hence, he couldn’t walk normally and work on the stage, and he suffered depression. He lived for 68 years and died of massive cardiac arrest on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at his residence in Kolkata. He was cremated at the Keoratala crematorium.