Nitish Roy is a Bengali film director and an art, production and costume designer in the Hindi film industry who moved up the ladder from a disadvantaged youth to one of India’s most prolific designers through hard work. Though that is not all that he does as he is also a world renowned architect with several film cities, amusement parks and museums under his belt.
Born and raised in Bengal he has a degree from the Government Art College. Originally he worked with a carpenter and attributes his present ability from his work. He late moved on to become a commercial artist with an advertising firm while decorating the houses of his friends in his spare time. He also designed pavilion sets for various industrial meets. However no one can ever keep a talented artist down and he started designing sets for films. He has designed sets for famous Hindi films like Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Ghayal (1991) for which he garnered the Filmfare award for Art Direction.
He has also worked on other popular Hindi movies like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), Fanaa (2006) and Bride and Prejudice (2004). He was also the Production Designer for the acclaimed Doordarshan series (1988) for which he designed 144 sets. He has also worked with acclaimed Hollywood director
on Gladiator (2000) which was nominated for twelve Academy awards and he did it in only three crores and six weeks after the original designer left. He then delved into directing Bengali films like Gosainbaganer Bhoot (2011), Jole Jongole (2012), Mahakash Kando (2012), Tadanto 2015) Buddhu Bhutum (2017).
He is the recipient of three
National Film Awards
for Art Direction in 1983 for Kharij, in 1984 for Mandi and in 1991 for Lekin. He also won a Zee Cine Award for Best Art Direction for Shaheed (2002). He married his wife
in 1977. He is the architect behind Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, Innovative Film City in Bengaluru and Prayag Film city in Kolkata.
He even designs amusement parks and other tourist attractions and gardens such as N.T.R. Gardens Amusement Park and Snow World. He now owns an architectural and communication firm called Nitish Roy Design & Media that specialises in production design, art direction, theme development and interior design among others. He has also designed airports hotels and parks.