For the sake of records, compared to TV serials, Aparajita Ghosh Das, the Bengali actress, has more appearances in films, most of them being in the unconventional or art film segments which have gone on to win awards. However, people in general co-relate more with her TV characters than any of her film roles. This may be due to the fact that in serials they get to see her every day of the week, and her exploits on the screen are followed in most households almost with bated anticipation every evening. In a film career spanning almost 7 years she has appeared now in 10 films, most of them being in the unconventional or arty categories, being directed by some of the noted directors of Bengali cinema who have made a name in this genre, like Anjan Dutta, Anjan Das and others. Aparajita started her film career in 2004 with a period drama “Iti Srikanta” where the director Anjan Das had a different take on Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s famous novel Raklakshmi O Srikanta, making it stand out from numerous other versions of the same novel made earlier in Bengali and Hindi. This film was showcased in the Indian panorama section at the IFFI in 2004, and went on to receive several awards thereafter. In the 2008 film “Chalo Let’s Go”, she had the opportunity to act with her future husband, Ritwik Chakraborty, though at that time he had not become the celebrity that he is today, having won several national and regional awards subsequently. The duo paired up once again after their marriage in 2011, in the film “Bakita Byaktigoto”, and this 2013 film received even greater acclaim, going on to receive the 61st
National Film Awards
for the best Bengali film. Her most memorable performances on TV have been in “Ekhane Aakash Neell” and “Ekdin Pratidin”, which although appreciated by TV audiences, were no match to the artistic performances given by her in the movies. Her popularity in TV serials have been such that even when she came back after a 2 year break in between for the birth of her son, she was immediately welcomed back by her fraternity of fans for her comeback serial, “Kojagori” which started airing from February 2015.