Roopa Ganguly
Roopa Ganguly

A flawless face, intense eyes, and a fearless attitude, actress Roopa Ganguly is undoubtedly a bundle of talent.Born on 25th November, 1968, this beautiful actress aspired to be an artist from her very adolescence and her dream came true when she was finalized for the character of Draupadi in B R Chopra’s sky-high popular television series – Mahabharat. Back then she was considered a rising star of late eighties as this television series garnered her huge mass acclamation. She was venerably invigorated and gorgeous as Draupadi especially in the Vastraharan sequence. In 1990, The Hindustan Times wrote about her, “Now that B R Chopra has completely installed the spirit of Draupadi in Rupa Ganguly and the Indian audience have whole heartedly welcomed this installation, she is going to be impersonated as Draupadi for an indefinite time.” She won numerous accolades and awards for her rendering the character of Draupadi.

In early nineties she tried her feet in Hindi, Kannad and Bengali commercial films but this try was a major failure. Ganguly herself has an uncommon personality with a strength and vigour of man. Her calm and fearless gaze and a high head was completely averse to the popular submissive image of an Indian heroine. Later on, she also realised that she had been a complete misfit in the array of the Indian mainstream films. Besides she was victimised by some low graded script, which caused her a pitiable setback. Director Partho Ghosh had wanted to cast her as the lead in his 100 Days but flinched back when her Baahar Aane Tak came out as major box office debacle and Ganguly was immediately replaced by Madhuri Dixit.

Roopa Ganguly in Padma Nadir Majhi (1993)
Roopa Ganguly in Padma Nadir Majhi (1993)

In 1993, she appeared in Goutam Ghose's award-winning Bengali film Padma Nadir Majhi where she played the character of Kapila, a woman from the fishermen community, who falls for her sister's husband. She was acclaimed for her rendering the character of Kapila in this film. Utpal Dutta who has also been a part of this film, remarked on her performance, “Roopa has really lived the life of Kapila with those flawless body languages of a woman from the fishermen community.” A host of Indian film critics found her portrayal of Kapila as a surprising one as she had never been seen in such an enthralling and enticing role earlier. Her dialogues like “Aare purush” or “Aamare rong dilana majhi” became quite popular. In 1996, she won the BFJA Award for the first time in the Best Supporting Actress category for Amal Roy Ghatak's Bengali film Ujan. In 1996, she appeared in Aparna Sen's much acclaimed Bengali film Yugant where she played the character of Anasuya, an obsessed dancer who aborts to continue her career.