Srijit Mukherji is an Indian director, actor and writer. His first film was Autography (2010), which was a commercial and critic success. He then directed Baishesrabon (2011), Hemlock Society (2012) and Mishawr Rahasya (2013). His recent films, Jaatishwar (2014) won 4 National Film Awards and Chotushkone (2014), won Mukherji a National Film Award for Best Director.
Mukherji completed his schooling from Dolna Day School, Kolkata and South Point High School, Kolkata, before studying economics at Presidency College. He went on to complete his MA and M Phil in environmental economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, parallelly working as a social scientist in the Urban Transport and Pollution Sector with TERI in New Delhi. He quit his PhD while in his first year, to join IRI Symphony, Bangalore as an econometrician and business analyst. After working in Bangalore, and a brief stint in Milan he quit his job to actively pursue theatre and films.
In 2010 Mukherji directed his debut feature film, the award-winning blockbuster – Autograph which was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The film won 41 awards and was an official selection at Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2010, MIAAC Film Festival in New York 2010, Glasgow International Film Festival 2011 and London Indian Film Festival 2011.
At the 61st National Awards 2014, the highest film honour in India, it won 4 national awards for Music Direction, Playback Singing, Costume and Make up. This was the highest tally for a film in India this year, and the second highest ever for a Bengali film. It also swept the Mirchi Music Awards in 2015 winning 7 awards. The following year at the 62nd National Awards 2015, Chotushkone won him the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay awards, along with winning the Best Cinematography.
He also received the Young Achiever Award from Rotary International, the prestigious Shera Bangali Award from ABP Anando and the Shoilojanando Mukhopadhyay Memorial Award in 2012 for his contribution in the field of film direction. In 2013 he received the Uttam Kumar Memorial Award from the Government of West Bengal becoming the youngest director to achieve this. He has also received the oldest film award in India, the BFJA award, for remarkable contribution to Bengali Cinema in the last few years.
Mukherji is going to make his directorial debut in Bollywood with the film <a href=”https://noisedaily.in/movie/begum-jaan/”>Begum Jaan</a> which is a remake of his earlier Bengali film Rajkahini. <a href=”https://noisedaily.in/celebrity/vidya-balan/”>Vidya Balan</a> plays the lead role of a brothel’s madam during the partition of India in 1947.