Chandrachur Singh had a very promising start to his film career, with Gulzaar’s “Maachis” being a landmark film, drawing wide appreciation all round, and even fetching him the Filmfare Best Debut Award in 1996. That this was only his second film after “ Tere Mere Sapne” only promised better things to come for him in the future. Looking back, Chandrachur had an impeccable background – his mother being from the erstwhile princely family of Bolangir in Odisha, while his father was an accomplished politician from Aligarh. To add to this he seemed to have a pretty decent academic background, having completed his initial education from the prestigious Doon School, and followed it up with a stint at St Stephens, Delhi. All this really did not foretell any propensities towards acting. In fact, if at all he displayed any cultural traits, it was more towards music – becoming a music teacher for the students of Doon School. He did have, however, a common trait with one of the leading actors of our times. He shared his birthday (11th October) with none other than Amitabh Bachchan. But more than this coincidence, it was the fact that his first film role in the 1996 movie “Tere Mere Sapne” came under the banner of Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited that was more significant, as it gave him the opportunity to attract director Gulzar’s attention and was pitch forked into “Maachis” that really got him most of his name and fame. Following the success of “Maachis” he received several opportunities to appear in other films like the 1997 “Betaabi” co-starring Arshad Warsi and the 1999 Ajay Devgan and Mahima Chaudhry starrer “Dil Kya Kare”, which followed in quick succession, but not with the success that he would have wanted. His subsequent films like the multi starrer “ Daag” and the subsequent “ Kya Kehna” fared better at the box office, but the promise that “Maachis” had shown was sadly missing in his later films, including the Sharukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai starrer “ Josh” which was released 4 years from his debut. After this he had to break from films due to an unfortunate water skiing mishap suffered in Goa, and he could think of trying to revive his career only again in 2012. Although he did appear in a few big budget films in this phase of his career, like “ Zila Ghaziabad”, he could not get back the old magic and by the end of 2013 was still hoping to stage a real comeback instead of just casual appearances to stay afloat.
Chandan Roy Sanyal Hindi Actor

Chandan Roy Sanyal

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 Vishal Bhardwaj. 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.

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Chhabi Biswas

Chhabi Biswas (From 12 July 1900 – 11 June 1962) was a well-known Bengali actor. He has been appreciated for his work in Tapan Sinha’s Kabuliwala, Satyajit Ray’s films Jalsaghar in 1958, Devi in 1960 and Kanchenjungha in 1962.He was reminiscing for the roles of typical upper-class father and he himself was a part of a rich and cultured North Kolkata family in real life. His father, Bhupatinath Biswas was a social worker. His real name was Sachindra nath but his mother used to call him Chhabi which means a beautiful picture and his nickname remained his identification throughout his life and career.He did his matriculation from Hindu School and enrolled at the Presidency College and later at the Vidyasagar College. Along with this he started with theatre and was inspired by the famous and mythological, Sisir Kumar Bhaduri, theatre artist. Chhabi himself became famous as a theatre artist with his performance in the play – Nader Nimai. Chhabi left acting to join an insurance company and started a business dealing in jute products. But he could stay away from the stage love for much time and made a comeback as an actor in a social melodrama Samaj. He continued working as a theatre artist even after his success as a film actor.His performances in the play such as Shoroshi, Sita and Shahjehan made him an admired figure. Biswas made his movie making debut in a film called Annapurnar Mandir in 1936. He was spectacular in Debaki Bose’s film Nartaki in 1940. With this film he was known for the roles of the paterfamilias and he showcased his talent in the films such as Ashok, Parineeta, Dwanda, Mandana etc. He died in an accident on 11th June 1962.

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Chhabi Biswas Hindi Actor