Arya Banerjee (formerly known as Devdutta Banerjee) is a Kolkata-born, model-turned-actor from India. She is the daughter of the legendary Indian classical sitarist Late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. She has one elder sister who was married into the Tagore family.
Although, an actor by profession, Arya holds a Master’s degree in Hindustani classical music. She made her debut in Bollywood from Dibakar Banerjee’s anthology film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) and later appeared in the biographical musical drama
The Dirty Picture
Coming from a family with a legacy, acting was never a part of Arya’s career plan. She started her journey into the showbiz as a confident and gracious model in Kolkata. However, things changed when she Arya came down to Mumbai, the city of dreams and stars.
It is here that she took a three-month acting course in Anupam Kher’s acting school, Actor Prepares – The school for actors and things took a drastic turn. She developed a nurturing taste for acting.
It was during this training period that the 22-year-old heard about the auditions for Love Sex Aur Dhokha. After many levels of grueling auditions, she made it to the cast. She also had to undergo intense workshops before the final shooting began.
In March 2010, Arya appeared for the first time on the silver screen as Naina, an aspiring dancer in Love Sex Aur Dhokha. The movie received wide critical acclaim and was a recipient of three Filmfare Awards and two Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards.
In August 2010, Arya was spotted lounging in Ista Hotel Bangalore for a fashion show. Later in September 2010, she visited her home for the Kolkata Couture Fashion Week 2010. She walked on the ramp for Riyaz Ganji. Arya also attended the book launch of her late father’s music album and book Nikhil Dhwani.
In 2011, keeping an aim to elevate her acting graph, Arya landed herself a role next to the Bollywood star
in The Dirty Picture. She enacted the part of an aspiring actor named Shakeela, who was also Silk’s (Vidya Balan) rival. Arya dazzled the audience as she danced to the tunes of ‘Honeymoon Ki Raat’ alongside the sexy Vidya Balan.
However, Arya added a laudable feather to her cap when she had to romance with the iconic
. In an interview with the Telegraph, she candidly confessed how it was a challenging as well as a fulfilling role.
A shy girl by nature, Arya had managed to utter “It’s a pleasure” to Mr. Shah, who had burst out laughing. Though her part in the movie was small, Arya learned some crucial lessons from Vidya and Naseeruddin, that is, to be focused and patient, respectively.
1n 2013, Arya walked the ramp for fashion designer Jatin Kocchar along with
Rakesh Bapat, one of the leads from the movie Tum Bin. Speaking to an online channel, Nevanta.com backstage, Arya spilled the beans behind her toned and healthy body. Arya’s fitness mantra is yoga and her quick beauty tip is regular toning and moisturizing the face.
Her fashion tip though clichéd, but honest is to wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. And when it comes to hairstyle and hair colouring, she is an experimenter.
In January 2017, Arya gave an exclusive interview to the Times of India. The LSD star talked about her growth and journey as an actress in Bollywood. She opened up about working in entertaining movies, the
Arya believes she can always associate herself with a more ‘matka jhatka’ kind of girl as told earlier to mybangalore.com and hence the entertaining character ambitions. She deftly passed over the question of filling into the shoes of other Bong models like Bipasha, Celina, and Koena. Given a chance, she would rather stand out and be a performer like ,
or Kanan Devi.
Arya was offered to work in many movies but as an item girl or very minor and inconsequential characters which she aptly refused. From Kolkata to Mumbai, Arya’s arc has been commendable. Her choices reflect that she is a trendsetter meant to stand out and not blend in.
On 12th December 2020, Arya Banerjee was found dead in her Kolkata house. As she didn’t respond to the doorbell and the phone calls by her maid, the maid alerted Arya’s neighbors and also informed the police. When the cops broke the door, they found Arya lying on the floor and they witnessed some droplets of blood on the floor. However, there is no suspicion as per the initial investigation by the cops.