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Is Victor Banerjee Alive?

Is Victor Banerjee Alive?
Is Victor Banerjee Alive?

Victor Banerjee is an actor of Indian nationality, who appears in Hindi, English, Assamese, and Bengali films. He was born on 15 October in the year 1946 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Victor Banerjee has worked with renowned directors such as James Ivory, Roman Polanski, Sir David Lean, Ronald Neame, Jerry London, Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Ram Gopal Varma, and Montazur Rahman Akbar. Banerjee won the prestigious National film award for the best supporting actor for the portrayal of his character in the film Ghare Baire. In the year 2022, he was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in the field of art, which is India’s third biggest civilian award, by the Government of India.

Is Victor Banerjee Alive?

Is Victor Banerjee Alive?
Victor Banerjee

Victor Banerjee was born on 15 October in the year 1946 in Kolkata, West Bengal, and is currently alive. He is 75 years old. In June 2019, the people of Kolkata were shocked when a Facebook account that seemed to be of a renowned Bengali actor named Jisshu Sengupta, announced that Victor Banerjee had passed away. The rumor was later clarified by the actual Jisshu Sengupta, who took to his official Twitter account and said that the people should believe any news that comes from an unverified social media account. Victor Banerjee’s family members also confirmed that he is still alive. Banerjee’s daughter Keya Banerjee also informed her followers that her father is alive and busy shooting a movie.

Victor Banerjee Early Life

Victor Banerjee was born on 15 October in the year 1946 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He was born in a Zamindari Bengali Hindi family. Banerjee is a descendent of the Raja of Uttapara and the Raja Bahadur of Chanchal (Malda District). Victor Banerjee enrolled at the St. Edmund’s School located in Shillong. He completed his graduation in English literature from St. Xavier’s College, located in Kolkata. He further completed his post-graduation studies in Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University. He was offered a scholarship to the Trinity College in Dublin, through the Irish Christian Brother, which he ultimately turned down.

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Victor Banerjee’s Personal Life

Victor Banerjee is married to his wife Maya Bhate Banerjee and has 2 children. One of his daughters was a VFX supervisor for 16 years and is currently a teacher. His other daughter is a former scientist and lives in the United States.

Victor Banerjee played senior division football and hockey in the Bengal League in 1960. He participated in the relief work carried out during the 1991 Uttarkashi Earthquake. He led 5 mules that were strapped with relief materials as well as carried a 30 kg backpack of medicines and milk to the village of Pinswar just before the first snowfall and before the government supplies reached the village. In December 1999, Banerjee and his wife celebrated the new millennium by participating in relief work carried out due to the devastation caused by the cyclone in Orissa. Victor Banerjee operates the Moran Blind School located in Assam, which was founded by his father named Maj S.N Banerjee in the year 1971. Banerjee is the brand ambassador of the Bird Watchers Society of Uttarakhand and the Srimants Sankaradeva Society of Assam.

Victor Banerjee Career

Is Victor Banerjee Alive?
Victor Banerjee

Victor Banerjee portrayed the character of Dr. Aziz Ahmed in the film A Passage to India (1984), directed by David Lean, which made him popular amongst Western audiences. He acted in films such as Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures, Shatranj Ke Khilari, and Ghare Baire (both directed by Satyajit Ray) as well as Mahaprithvi, directed by Mrinal Sen. Though he has appeared in Bollywood films, Victor Banerjee is mostly affiliated with Bengali film industry. He also portrays Indian character roles in British movies. He was the first Asian actor to portray a lead role in British Theatre when he was cast in the role of “Jesus” in the 1988 production of the York Mystery Plays. He has had an extensive career spanning decades and has appeared in films such as Doosri Dulhan, Jaipur Junction, Pikoo, Kalyug, Dui Prithibi, Tanaya, and Protidan, Lathi, Bhoot, Joggers Park, It Was Raining That Night and High Life. Victor Banerjee is the only Indian who has won the National Award in three different categories: as a director for his documentary The Splendour of Garhwal, as a cinematographer for his documentary Where No Journeys End, and as an actor for his work in the film Ghare Baire.

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