Arjun Chakraborty is an Indian film actor and director. He was born in a remote village in Rajasthan. His father, who is a doctor, is keen on doing social service and shifted to Rajasthan to serve the people and the country. When he is about to enter college, he wanted to study science, and thus he attended Maharana Bhopal College of Udaipur. During college, the school had a debate about films, and one of his friends challenged him to make a film by himself to prove his arguments. That is the time he thought of venturing into films. Arjun never waited for the results of his B. Sc and instantly went to Mumbai. On his way, he saw a film glossy of Madhuri, while reading an article about the popular director, Gulzar. Luckily, the director’s address was enclosed at the end of the article, and so, Arjun went straight to his house. Gulzar promised to meet him the following day, but only for five minutes. When he came back to Gulzar’s house, he told him that he wanted only to assist him in making films and that he doesn’t like to act on it. The two have spoken for two and a half hours, and Gulzar appointed him as his third assistant. Arjun also received his eight months’ salary as Gulzar wanted him to establish himself. Since then, he assisted the director for four and a half years, and he was later referred to do a small stint in the film, Angoor, which stars
, and Deven Verma.
He was also offered to portray a parallel role in Kamal Haasan-starrer film, Zara Si Zindagi, helmed by K. Balachander. Gulzar scripted the film, and this marks Arjun’s debut in the film industry. This was followed by Gulzar’s Libaas and he was also cast in N. Chandra’s Hindi film, Ankush, in 1986. He acted as Shabana Azmi’s brother in Mrinal Sen’s art film, , in 1989. Also in 1989, Arjun opted to do Bengali films starting with Prabhat Roy’s Pronomi Tomay. Since then, there’s no looking back and he continued his career in Bengali film industry. He even played a negative role in the 1991 Bengali film, Antardhan. In 2008, he made his directorial debut in the Bengali film, Tolly Lights, which is based on Suchitra Bhattacharya’s novel entitled Rangeen Prithibi. In the same year, he ventured into television and acted on Sahara One’s
Sahib Biwi Gulam
, which marks Raveena Tandon’s debut on television. He was starred in the Bengali serial, Tumi Robe Nirobe, along with
and Shubhankar Saha in the lead roles, and the television serial, Bibah Abhijan. Arjun is married to Nilanjana Chakraborty.