Victor Banerjee

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Victor Banerjee
Victor Banerjee in 2013
Born (1946-10-15) 15 October 1946 (age 75)
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Maya Bhate Banerjee
ChildrenKeya Banerjee, Dia Banerjee

Victor Banerjee is an Indian actor who appears in English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language films. He has worked for directors such as Roman Polanski, James Ivory, Sir David Lean, Jerry London, Ronald Neame, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Montazur Rahman Akbar and Ram Gopal Varma. He won the National film award for best supporting actor for the film Ghare Baire.

Early life and education

Banerjee was born in a Zamindari Bengali Hindu family. He is a descendant of the Raja Bahadur of Chanchal (Malda District) and the Raja of Uttarpara.

Banerjee completed his schooling from St. Edmund's School, Shillong. He did his graduation in English literature from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta; and completed his post graduation in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University.

He turned down a scholarship to Trinity College in Dublin, which had offered to him, through the Irish Christian Brothers, to admit him as an operatic tenor.

Personal life

He was the lead tenor in the Calcutta Light Opera Group production of The Desert Song, and also played Jesus in Bombay Theatre's first ever musical production, Godspell.

He has a daughter who is a VFX supervisor.[1]

Film career

In 1984, Banerjee portrayed Dr. Aziz Ahmed in David Lean's film of A Passage to India, bringing him to the attention of western audiences.[2] He was nominated for a BAFTA award for the role in 1986, and won the Evening Standard British Film Award and NBR Award (National Board Review, USA) for it. In April 1985, at a special event in Louisiana where John Travolta and Loretta Swit were also honoured, Banerjee received the "Show-a-Rama Award" from the Motion Picture Association of America as "New International Star".

He acted in Merchant Ivory Productions Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures, Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari and Ghare Baire and in Mrinal Sen's Mahaprithivi. On the set of Gunday starring Priyanka Chopra, Mr. Banerjee has said that he feels "all work is a challenge and therefore fun".[3]

Though has been involved with Bollywood in recent years, Banerjee is primarily affiliated with the Bengali film industry. He also plays character roles from time to time in the British cinema.

He was also cast in the critically acclaimed role of "Jesus" in the 1988 production of the York Mystery Plays, by director Steven Pimlott.

Banerjee is the only person in India who has won the National Award in three categories: As a cinematographer, for his documentary Where No Journeys End (which, in competition with 3100 entries from 27 countries, also won the Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival); as a director, for his documentary The Splendour of Garhwal and Roopkund; and as an actor (Best Supporting Actor) for his work in Satyajit Ray's Ghare Baire.


Awards and nominations

Year Award Film Category Result Ref.
1984 National Board of Review Awards A Passage to India Best Actor Won [5]
1985 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Won
1986 BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated [6]
1985 National Film Awards Ghare Baire Best Supporting Actor Won [7]

Political career

Banerjee unsuccessfully contested the 1991 Lok Sabha election in Calcutta North West from the Bharatiya Janata Party. He got 89,155 votes and stood third.[8]

As an active member of the BJP, he was critical of Mulayam Singh Yadav's order to shoot the Karsevaks who had once climbed the Babri Masjid prior to its demolition. [9]

He has been highly critical of what he called Navjot Singh Sidhu's pacifist attitude to terrorism exported from Pakistan. [10]


  1. ^ "Victor Banerjee's daughter walks a different road - bollywood news :". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ "The return of Victor Banerjee - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ "I have a kitchen to run: Victor Banerjee defends his brief role in 'Gunday'". News18. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  4. ^ Pisharoty, Sangeeta Barooah (17 April 2014). "A struggle still". The Hindu. Delhi. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  5. ^ National Board of Review of Motion Pictures :: Awards for 1984]
  6. ^ "Awards Database: Search our record of winners & nominees, Year of Presentation: 1986, Award: Film". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "32nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 October 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ "PC: Calcutta North West 1991". Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  9. ^ Banerjee, Victor. "A CHRISTENING IN BLOOD". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Victor Banerjee Slams Navjot Singh Sidhu". Business Standard. Retrieved 18 October 2021.

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