Early Life of Gautam Ghose
He studied at the St John's Diocesan School (now an all girls school), and at the Cathedral Missionary Boy's School. He graduated from University of Calcutta and then started out his career as a documentary film maker in 1973. He also took active interest in group theatre movement in Kolkata. He also dedicated some of his time in photo journalism as well. He made his first documentary- New Earth in 1973 and followed it up with Hungry Autumn which won an award at Oberhausen Film Festival.
Life in Films for Gautam Ghose
Has made a number of well-known documentaries that includes Meeting A Milestone (on Ustad Bismillah Khan), Land of Sand Dunes, Beyond the Himalayas, Ray (On Satyajit Ray), Impermanence (On HH Dalai Lama) Made numerous AD films, corporate and other Short Films. He has won 16 National Awards besides Filmfare Awards and many International awards like Silver Balloon Award, Nantes Film Festival, UNESCO Award, Cannes Film Festival, and Grand Prix - Golden Semurg at Tashkent, UNESCO Award at Venice, Fipresci Awards, and Red Cross Award at Verna Film Festival. He is also the only Indian Film Director to win the coveted Vittori Di Sica Award, and he was awarded the Knighthood of the Star of the Italian Solidarity in July 2006.
Notable films done by Gautam Ghose
* Maabhoomi in Telugu (1979)
* Dakhal (1981)
* Paar in Hindi (1984)
* Antarjali Jatra in Bengali (1987)
* Padma Nadir Majhi in Bengali (1992)
* Patang (1993)
* Gudia in Hindi (1997)
* Abar Aranye in Bengali (2003)
* Yatra in Hindi (2006)
* Kaalbela in Bengali (2009)
* Meeting a Milestone (A documentary on India's Shehnai maestro, Ustad Bismillah Khan)
* Moner Manush (Feature Film on the great Fakir of Bengal)
* Baishe Srabon (2011) (acted after 29 years)
Awards and Participation
* Hungry Autumn : A documentary Main Award Oberhausen Film Festival 1978
* Land of Sand Dunes: A documentary on Rajasthan. It won National Award for Best Documentary film (1986)
* Meeting a Milestone: A documentary on Ustad Bismillah Khan
* Maa Bhoomi: Feature film in Telugu National Film Award, Best Regional Film, Telegu (1980), participated at Karlovyvary Film Festival, Cairo & Sidney Film Festivals.
* Paar: Feature film in Hindi National Award for Best Actor (Naseeruddin Shah), Best Actress (Shabana Azmi), and Best Hindi Feature Film (1985), Best Actor award Venice Film Festival (1985) Naseeruddin Shah, Red Cross Award at Verna Film Festival (1987) and UNESCO Award at Venice Film Festival, Fipresci Awards. The film also won the Filmare Awards for Best Director & Best Screenplay, and went on to participate in Montreal, Hawaii, Amsterdam, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
* Dakhal: Feature film in Bengali won National Award Golden Lotus for Best Feature Film (1982, Silver Medal at Figuera De Foz, Portugal (1982), Ecumenical Jury Prize for Human Rights Festival at Strasbourg, France (1982).Also took part in London, Sidney, Locarno & Directors Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival (1982)
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