Phoni Burma was born on 2nd October, 1897 in Kolkata. In 1914 , he completed his schooling from South Suburban School and joined Ripon College for graduation. His brother Moni Burma was an actor and screenplay writer. First, Phoni was an employee of Gilander Bush but later joined Shaw Wallace.
In 1928 , he got his first break in director Naresh Mitra’s “Devdas”. In 1932, he worked in his first motion picture “ ChiroKumar Sabha” by Premankur Athirthi.Rajnoti Basantasena (1934 ) and Protikar (!944) are some of his films. He had also worked as an Assistant Director. He passed away on 8th August, 1958.