Joy Mukherjeewrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Victor Banerjee is one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed actors of Bengali Silver screen. Victor Banerjee was born on 15th October, 1946. He was the descendant of Womesh Chandra Banerjee, a leading intellectual of his time and president of Indian National Congress (1885). He did his schooling from Shillong’s St. Edmunds School. He also finished his graduation in English from St,Xaviers’ College of Kolkata. He has worked in a Multinational Company for five years and later started travel agency business. He has also played in Senior Division Hockey League and Second Division Football League. He got married to Maya Banerjee and has two daughters.
He got his first break in Satyajit Ray’s “Satranj Ki Khiladi” (1977). He came instantly into limelight by working in this highly critically acclaimed film. His first Bengali movie was “Dui Prithivi” directed by Pijush Basu in 1980. Satyajit Ray’s memorable movie Ghare Baire(1984) earned him high recognition as an actor in Bengal . Although Satyajit Ray wanted him to do the role of Sandip. But he was determined to play Nikhilesh’s character and took it as a challenge which was highly rewarded. Victor Banerjee’s acting skills transcended the national borders and he was offered role in Merchant Ivory Productions Hullabaloo over georgie and Bonnes Pictures. He was also cast in the role of Jesus by director Stephen Pimlott in the 1988 production of York Mystery Plays. “A passage to India “ (1984) also gave him enormous fame. Apart from that , he has worked in many Hindi movies like “Jogger’s park” (2003), My brother Nikhil(2005), Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007), Apne (2007). performance in “ Bow barracks forever’is also quite noteworthy. He has directed a movie named ‘August requim’in English and “Agun”in Bengali. He has traveled abroad extensively and has worked in many British plays. He has received national and international awards. He got American Goldie Award for the documentary” Where no journey end”. The actor also received National award for his photography in “ The splendours of Garowal and Rupkundu”. His role in Ghare Baire gave him the Best Actor award by B.F.J.A. He has been vocal from time to time about human rights and labour issues, and campaigned for the formation of Uttarakhand and rights of Garwali farmers. He joined Indian politics and stood for election as a candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party. In 1985, he formed Cine Co Artist Society for extra artists.