Mumtaz Sorcar

  • Actor

Sep 15, 1986  in Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Also Known as: Pratiti Sorcar, Mumtaz Sarkar, Pratiti

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Mumtaz Sorcar is an Indian actress who is known for her for works in the Bengali film industry. The actress, who is also fondly known as Pratiti Sorcar, started her acting career by appearing in a music video for Mehreen, a singer from Bangladesh. Before making her debut on the silver screen, the actress first appeared in a short film titled Bhorai: The Maladies of Dawn, which was directed by Subhrajit Mitra. Mumtaz is best known for her roles in films like Musalmanir Galpo (2010), Rajbarir Rahashya (2011), Bhooter Bhabishyat (2012), Half Serious (2013), and Ashchorjo Prodeep (2013). Apart from appearing in Bengali films, the actress has also appeared in the Tamil movie Iruthi Suttru (2016), which was shot simultaneously in Hindi titled: Saala Khadoos (2016).

Early Life
Born in Kolkata, West Bengal, Mumtaz Sorcar is the daughter of the world famous magician PC Sorcar Junior and Jayashree Devi. She has two siblings, Moubani Sorcar and Makena Sorcar. The actress attended Modern High School for Girls in Kolkata and later pursued her graduation in BA LLB from South Calcutta Law College under the Calcutta University. The actress had a keen interest in sports right from her schooling days; she trained in Boxing at the Bengal Amateur Boxing Federation. She also took part in various sports events; she has a gold medal in Shot Put. Apart from sports, Mumtaz is also a trained Jazz dancer.

Movie Career
After making her acting debut with the short film, Bhorai: The Malady of Dawn in 2009, Mumtaz Sorcar made her feature film debut in 2010 with the Bengali drama film, 033 directed by the debutant director, Birsa Dasgupta. The film name, which symbolizes the STD code for Kolkata City, highlights the issue of the increasing youth migration outside Kolkata for better career opportunities. In the same year, the actress next appeared in Musolmanir Galpo (2009), a Bengali drama film directed by Pranab Chowdhury and co-starring Parama Sarkar, Biplab Chattopadhyay andAnamika Saha.

The actress got her first major hit in 2012 after directorAnik Dutta cast her in his directorial debut Bhooter Bhabishyat alongside Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Parambrata Chatterjee, Paran Bandopadhyay, Swastika Mukherjee and Mir Afsar Ali. The supernatural comedy was well received by the critics with The Indian Express stating, "One of the most intelligent and satiric comedies one has seen in a long time." Following the success of the film in Bengali, it was remade in Hindi as Gang of Ghosts (2014) bySatish Kaushik. The actress next starred alongside Tanushree Chakraborty, Locket Chatterjee, Nimisha dey Sarkara and Supriyo Dutta in the crime drama filmKoyekti Meyer Galpo.

After having a successful year in 2012, Mumtaz Sorcar started 2013 on a successful note as her film Half Serious directed by Utsav Mukherjee was well received by both the critics as well as the audiences. The film, which is a social satire that explores the underlying social issues like gender inequality and domestic violence, also featured Roopa Ganguly, Silajit Majumder and Saheb Bhattacharya in pivotal roles. The actress had two other releases in the same year, viz. The Play (2013) and Ashchorjo Prodeep (2013). Whilst the former did not garner any attention at the box office, the latter, which was based on a short story by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, opened to positive reviews and according to a report Ebela, a Bengali tabloid, it grossed 3.5 million INR in its opening week.

After appearing in Kanchenjunga Express, her only film in 2014, the actress next made her debut in both Bollywood and Tamil film industry with the bilingual film Saala Khadoos, which was simultaneously made in Tamil as Irudhi Suttru. The sports drama film is directed by Sudha Kongara and it featuresR. Madhavan and Ritika Singh in the lead roles. The film received positive reviews from the critics with Behindwoods stating "Sudha`s Irudhi Suttru has all the emotional elements in it to strike a chord with the audiences and cast, has rendered their best performances." Following the success of the Irudhi Suttru, the actress next appeared in a Bengali crime thriller film titled Dark Chocolate (2016). The film directed by Agnidev Chatterjee was based on the Sheena Bora Murder case and it featuresMahima Chaudhry andRiya Sen in the lead roles. The actress` other releases of 2016 include Teen Anko andNot A Dirty Film.