Sep 08, 1974 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Sep 08, 1974 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Indraneil Sengupta is an Indian model-turned-actor who appears on Hindi and Bengali movies. He has also featured on several Hindi TV shows. The finalist of Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 1999, made his Bollywood debut in 2004 with the movie Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart. He has since then appeared in several Hindi and Bengali movies such as 1920 (2008), Autograph (2010) Arekti Premer Golpo (2011), Kahaani (2012), Satyagraha (2013),and Obhishopto Nighty (2014). In 2014, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the movie Mishawr Rawhoshyo (2013). In 2017, he was seen in the movies M.A. Pass directed by Jr. Suresh Kumar, and the travel drama film Sargoshiyan directed and produced by Imran Khan.
Indraneil is married to his television co-star Barkha Bisht - the duo appeared together on the TV shows Pyar k do naam…Ek Radha Ek Shyaam and Doli Saja Ke. The couple got married on the 1st of March, 2008, and their daughter Meera was born in October 2011.
After being the runner up at the Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 1999, where he came second to John Abraham, Indraneil took up modeling and worked with Rohit Bal, a fashion designer, and choreographers Achala Sachdev and Marc Robinson. He then appeared in TV commercials and music videos for artists such as Falguni Pathak (music video - Pal pal teri yaad sataye), Jagjit Singh, Yesudas, and Asha Bhosle (music video - Koi diya jale kahi (remix)).
In 2005, Indraneil was cast in the lead role as Shyaam in the popular TV show Pyar Ke Do Naam: Ek Radha Ek Shyaam. The following year he appeared on the TV show Banoo Main Teri Dulhann which aired on Zee TV. A couple of years later, in 2008, he worked was paired with Barkha Bisht for the second time, in the TV show Babul Ki Bitiya Chali Doli Saja Ke Rakhna. The TV show that premiered on 27th May 2007, ran for almost two-and-a-half years and ended on 13th November 2009. In the next few years the actor was seen on TV shows such as Maayka (2008), Tumhari Paakhi (2014), Maharakshak: Devi (2015), Jamai Raja (2016), and Ghulaam (2017).
Indraneil made his Bollywood debut in 2004 with the movie Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart essaying the character of Yash. The movie directed by Anupam Sinha also starred Aftab Shivdasani, Shriya Saran, and Anupam Kher. He was later seen in the movies - Mumbai Salsa (2007) and 1920 (2008). In the next few years, Indraneil would foray into Bengali cinema and go on to act in 10 Bengali films before making a comeback in Bollywood in 2012.
In 2009, he appeared in his debut Bengali film. Angshumaner Chhobi directed by Atanu Ghosh. The movie premiered at the 40th International Film Festival of Goa and went on to win several national and international accolades including the Aravindan Puraskaram for Best Debut in 2009. In the following year he appeared in another critically acclaimed movie - Srijit Mukherji’s Autograph. The actor essayed the character of Shuvobrata Mitra, a young aspiring director, in the movie which also stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Nandana Sen.
Indraneil continued to act in arthouse movies: his next movie being Arekti Premer Golpo, a Bengali drama movie, directed by Kaushik Ganguly, that centers on homosexuality. The movie premiered at the 60th Berlin Film Festival in 2010 and won the I-View 2010 Engendered Award for Outstanding Cinema. In 2012, he was seen in only his fourth Hindi movie Kahaani - directed by Sujoy Ghosh. In the same year, he starred in a Bangladeshi movie Chorabali directed by Redoan Rony. The movie went on to win five awards at the 37th Bangladesh National Film Awards. In 2013, he essayed the role of Hani Al Qadi in Srijit Mukherji’s Mishawr Rawhoshyo. The adventure thriller that also starred Prosenjit Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee and Aryann Bhowmik in prominent roles went on to become one of the most successful Bengali movies of 2013. The movie has since then gained a cult following. In the same year, he appeared in a cameo in Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha.
In 2014, Indraneil starred in a cameo role in an Assamese movie titled Jilmil Jonak. He next went on to star in the Hindi movie Samrat & Co. directed by Kaushik Ghatak. In subsequent years, he appeared in the movies Gogoler Kirti (2014), Shajarur Kanta (2015), Calendar Girls (2015), and Kirti O Kalo Bhromor (2016). In 2016, he also made his debut in the Marathi film industry with the movie & Jara Hatke directed by Prakash Kunte. His 2017 release includes the movie M.A. Pass directed by Jr. Suresh Kumar, and the travel drama film Sargoshiyan directed and produced by Imran Khan.