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Born 28th August, 1970. Bappaditya Bandopadhyay is the recipient of the Most Promising Director Award for the year 2003, by the BFJA (Bengal Film Journalists Association). His second feature film Silpantar (Colours of Hunger) was premiered at the SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BULGARIA. The film was selected in the prestigious competitive section of the ART FILM FESTIVAL BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA, 2003. It was the only Indian film other than Devdas selected at the HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FINLAND, 2003.  Debashree Roy won the Kalakar Award for the Best Actress for her performance in the film.

Bappaditya Bandopadhyay’s first feature film SAMPRADAN (The offering of the Daughter) was selected in the competitive section of the 6th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2000. The film won three major awards in the categories of BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR and BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER in the BFJA Awards that year. It also won the Dishari award in the category of the best Music Director.

His third feature film DEVAKI, starring PERIZAAD ZORABIAN and SUMAN RANGANATHAN, two leading BOLLYWOOD actresses, in English and Hindi is slated for release all over India in November 2005. The film was selected and screened at the THE INDIAN OSEAN section of the 7th OSIAN’S CINEFAN FILM FESTIVAL. The film is in the competition section in the Temecula Valley International Film Festival and Idaho International Film Festival both in U.S. as well as in the San Paulo Film Festival in Brazil. It has also been selected to be screened at the World Film Festival in Montreal and Festival Di Rio in Brazil.

KANTATAR, the fourth feature film directed by Bappaditya is selected in the prestigious ASIAN COMPETITION OF THE 7th OSIAN CINEFAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The film is scheduled for screening in the RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in LONDON in September and many other important international film festivals.

Bandopadhyay also directed a television serial, ANANDANAGARIR KATHAKATA, on the architectural history of Kolkata for the popular Bengali television channel Alpha Bangla. His documentary on the TRIBAL MASKS was broadcast by the Doordarshan, the national channel of country.

Bappaditya, is also a poet of repute. His published works include POKADER ATMIYASAJAN (Friends and Relatives of the Insects). He writes regularly on the various aspects of modern cinema.