Chandan Roy Sanyal
is a star of both Hindi and Bengali language films. He was born in Delhi and belongs to a Bengali family.Graduated with a degree in Mathematics, he initialised acting in a theatre in Britain, and his first film role was in Hindi, as the revolutionary Batukeshwar Duttin RakeyshOmprakashMehra’s 2006
Rang De Basanti
. His “Big Break” came in 2009, asa gambler and race-fixer Mikhail in the crime thriller Kaminey, directed by
. The film was a hit in India and a commercial success in other countries, and was recognised as one of the best films all around the globe.
After one Bengali ([email protected]) and two Hindi (the comedy F.A.L.T.U. and the drama Tell Me O Kkhuda) movies, he had another success as the cynical Ronojoy in the year 2012 in the Bengali drama film Aparajita Tumi. He was a part of Midnight’s Children, a British-Canadian adaptation of the
Salman Rushdie novel that was made in English and filmed in secret by Rushdie and
Deepa Mehta for fear of protests, in Sri Lanka in 2011. Sanyal played Joseph D’Costa, an anti-social individual who is killed and returned as a ghost. This was his second cinematic return from the dead, his criminal character in Kaminey having also come back as a ghost; he laughingly ascribes his comfort level with ghosts to having had a surreal life.
The very next year he was a ghost again, in the Hindi comedy-suspense film Love You To Death. The 2013 Prague marked a change from romantic comedies, as Sanyal played an architect who falls in love with a gypsy girl in the Czech Republic capital, but is increasingly troubled by his past in India and by mental illness as well. He returned to India as well to romantic movies with Kaanchi in 2014, in which he often got better reviews than the film did. With Mango now in post-production, his next release will feature him as 7 different characters in the “explosive” terrorist comedy Bangistan.