|Name Partho Sen-Gupta|
Role Film director
|Education La Femis|
|Born 2 September 1965 (age 50) (1965-09-02) Mumbai, India|
Occupation Film director, Screenwriter
Movies Sunrise, Hava Aney Dey, Le cochon
Similar People Tannishtha Chatterjee, Adil Hussain, Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Aniket Vishwasrao, Nishikant Kamat
Partho Sen Gupta I Sunrise / Arunoday I Filmmakers Speak I MFF 2014
Partho Sen-Gupta (also spelled Partho Sen Gupta or Partho Sengupta pronounced Partho Shen-Goopto) is an independent film director and screenwriter of Indian origin.
Sen-Gupta was born in Mumbai (Bombay), on 2 September 1965. He has been working in cinema since the age of seventeen, starting his career as an apprentice in the art department, in the studios of "Bollywood" in Mumbai. He worked with an Indian art director Bijon Dasgupta on the sets of big budget commercial Hindi films like Saagar and Mr. India among others.
After having spent a few years and finishing his apprenticeship, he became assistant art director. In 1988, he worked on his first film as art director or production designer in an Indian art movie called Main Zinda Hoon (I am Alive) directed by Sudhir Mishra. He then set up his design studio working on numerous advertising films and art movies, designing sets and specializing in real-time SFX. He won the Best Art Director Award in 1989. He also worked as production designer on the French film Nocturne Indien directed by Alain Corneau and shot in Mumbai.
In 1993, he was selected to do a two-month summer workshop at FEMIS, the French film institute in Paris. During the workshop, he directed his first short film "La Derniere..." based on Samuel Beckett's radio play Krapp's Last Tape. He was then awarded a three and a half year full scholarship to study film direction at the same school.
During his film school years, he made four short fiction films Le Cochon, La Partition, Trajet Discontinu, and La Petite Souris which took him to different European film festivals and won awards.
After graduation in 1997, he directed his first feature film Hava Aney Dey (Let the Wind Blow) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. It was selected in many international film festivals and won awards. The film was part of the Global Lens 2008 series of the Global Film Initiative. and premiered at the MoMA NYC, in January 2008.
In 2005, he made a documentary film The Way of Beauty on the Indo-fusion group Shakti which was released on the DVD in May 2006.
Sunrise, was selected among the 30 projects at the 11th Pusan promotion Plan (3 to 6 October 2008) at the Pusan International Film Festival . Sunrise is the only Indian project in the selection.
Sunrise was completed and released in October 2014 and premiered at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival and numerous international film festivals, received awards and international critical acclaim.
Sen-Gupta is currently in pre-production of his new feature film Slam. It was an official selected project at the 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam's CineMart and the 2016 Berlinale Co-oproduction Market. The film starring Adam Bakri, from the Academy Awards nominated film Omar and Australian actress Rachael Blake is set to start filming in October 2017 in Sydney, Australia.