Jisshu Sengupta | Srivideo
Biography | Posted: Wednesday, 20th December
Born name: Jisshu Sengupta
Born/Date of Birth: 15 March 1977
Place of Birth: Kolkata, India
Height: 1.83 m
Spouse(s): Nilanjana Sharma (m. 2004)
Children: Sara Sengupta and Zara Sengupta
Jisshu Sengupta (born 1977), popularly known as Jisshu, is an Indian actor, producer and television presenter, who works in Bengali and Hindi language films. Jisshu made his debut in showbiz through a Bengali TV series, Mahaprabhu where he portrayed the role of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The role overnight catapulted him to stardom. Subsequently, he made his big screen debut with Priyojon (1999), which became a debacle at box office. In 2002, he played Tagore in Sukanta Roy's ambitious venture Chelebela alongside Debashree Roy playing Kadambari Devi. He then appeared in a spate of critically and commercially unsuccessful projects. He made his Bollywood debut with Shyam Benegal's National Award winning film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2004). A turning point came in his career when he collaborated with Rituparno Ghosh for the latter's Abohoman, which earned him critical acclaim. His subsequent collaborations with Ghosh for films which include Noukadubi and Shob Charitro Kalponik brought him a higher degree of critical and commercial success. Sengupta's collaborations with other directors for films such as Jaatishwar enabled him to become one of the most sought out actors in Bengali cinema.
Jisshu continued to garner wider attention and further critical acclaim for the role of a contract killer in Rajkahini (2015) and a private detective in Byomkesh O Chiriyakhana (2016). His biggest commercial success came with the action drama film Zulfiqar(2016), as he continued to draw praise for his performances in Sesh Bole Kichu Nei (2014), Jaatishwar (2014) and Arshinagar (2015)
Apart from films, Jisshu is actively involved in anchoring reality shows and award shows, including Filmfare Awards East (2017). In 2011, he made a comeback on television in the fiction category through Aparajito, which he produced for Star Jalsha.
He is the son of Ujjwal Sengupta, also an actor in Bengali films. He studied at the Julien Day School, where he was fully engrossed in playing cricket. He pursued a degree in economics from Heramba Chandra College, following which he started to work in an advertising agency. Jisshu's wife Nilanjana Sharma, whom he married in 2004, is the elder daughter of Anjana Bhowmick, a Bengali film actress in the Bengali film industry.
He has two daughters, Sara and Zara.
Initial success and setback
Jisshu started his career with a teleserial, titled Mahaprabhu, which aired on Doordarshan. He earned critical acclaim for portraying the younger Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the series. After his part ended in the series, he made his silver screen debut through Priyojon, directed by Dinen Sengupta, which was a critical and commercial failure. In 2002, he played Tagore in Sukanta Roy's ambitious venture Chelebela alongside Debashree Roy playing Kadambari Devi. Thereafter, he appeared in a string of critically and commercially unsuccessful ventures, as main lead. He made his debut in Bangla cinema through Moner Majhe Tumi, appearing as a parallel lead, which was the highest-grossing film of Bangladesh in 2003. He went on playing supporting roles in commercial films, namely Abhimanyu, Kurukshetra, Mahaguru, Sangram, Sajani, Guru, Janmadata, Chore Chore Mastuto Bhai and Premi, earning a low degree of success. In 2008, he starred in the romantic-comedy film Love and Bor Asbe Ekhuni. He also made his debut in Bollywood through Shyam Benegal's biographical war film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero.
Collaborations with Rituparno Ghose and success
After appearing in critically and commercially unsuccessful films, he met director Rituparno Ghosh, which made Sengupta put more thought into his choice of films. Under Ghosh's tutelage, he gave some of his critically acclaimed performances in films, including The Last Lear, Shob Choritro Kalponik (2008), Chitrangada, and a betrayed husband in Abohoman. Shob Choritro Kalponik also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali in 2009. The Times of India stated that "Jisshu Sengupta, in the role of a junkie, has delivered one of the finest performances of his career." (in Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish).
Sengupta portrayed the protagonist in Noukadubi, alongside Raima Sen, Riya Sen and Prosenjit Chatterjee in an extended guest appearance.
Comeback to Bollywood and recent work
Sengupta made a comeback to Bollywood through a cameo appearance in Anurag Basu's directorial Barfi!. Sengupta collaborated with Srijit Mukherji for the latter's musical drama film Jaatishwar co-starring Prosenjit Chatterjee and Swastika Mukherjee. Released on 17 January 2014, the film opened to widespread positive reviews from the critics and was commercially successful. Sengupta played a supporting character in Mardaani, starring Rani Mukherji. In 2015, he portrayed Byomkesh Bakshi in Anjan Dutt's directorial Byomkesh Bakshi. He next collaborated with Srijit Mukherji for the latter's drama film Rajkahini. Both of the films opened to widespread commercial success upon release. His other release in 2015, the musical drama film Arshinagar flopped, though his performance earned critical acclaim. In 2016, he starred in the sequel of Byomkesh Bakshi and Zulfiqar, the former being a commercially and critically successful venture, whereas the latter was only a commercially successful venture, though his performance was critically acclaimed. He was honoured with the Best Actor award for the film Abar Aranye in the 12th Kalakar Awards in 2004 for . He also received a Filmfare Awards East (2017) nomination in Best Actor category for his performance in the former film and won the Star Jalsha Awards for Best Negative Role as well as a nomination for Filmfare Awards East (2017) in the Best Supporting Actor category for the latter. As of now, he acted in Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy's directorial Posto.
Jisshu is associated with television from the beginning of his career, since he forayed into showbiz with a mythological series based on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After almost a decade, he made a comeback to television in the fiction category through his own production, titled Aparajito, which aired on Star Jalsha. Apart from fiction, he has been anchoring many award shows, namely Filmfare Awards East 2017 and non-fiction shows, namely the three sessions of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Gaane Gaane Tomar Mone, the Bengali version of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Egiye Bangla. In 2016, he was a judge of Dance Bangla Dance Junior on Zee Bangla.
Jisshu has been an avid sportsman, taking part in many sports, most notably cricket, from his childhood days when he used to play the sport in sub-junior games. He was the captain for the Bengal Tigers team, representing Cinema of West Bengal in the Celebrity Cricket League. Though the team hasn't won any editions, his cricket skills have been appreciated by many. Bengal Cricket League, which commenced on 26 December 2015 was also the brainchild of Jisshu. Apart from cricket, Sengupta also supported the Kolkata Marathon in the year 2014 along with other celebrities. Over 8,000 participants including elite runners, beginners, fitness enthusiasts, corporate teams and spirited youngsters took part in the Rs.10 lakh prize money event held on 8 February 2014. Jisshu also took part in a charity football match for the knee replacement surgery of the Indian football player, Kushumita Das.
In the media
Jisshu was ranked first in the Calcutta Times' Most Desirable Men in its 2015 edition. He gained the 49th position in Times Celebex in July 2015 for the buzz created around his 2015 comedy drama film Piku. He also appeared in Dabboo Ratnani's Bong Calendar 1422, a first of its kind initiative and was presented at the launch event of the calendar. Along with Paoli Dam, he launched the Times Food Guide 2017 at ITC Sonar.