Subrata Sen was born in Kolkata in 1963.
After a brief stint in a bank as an officer, he joined
journalism in 1987 in Anandabazar Patrika, the largest
circulated daily in India. He shifted from ABP to The
Statesman in 1992, where he remains till he made his first
film Ek Je Achhe Kanya ( The Girl) in 2001.
Ek Je Achhe Kanya is Subrata Sen’s first film, which made
waves in Bengal and India. It won massive critical acclaim and
at the same time was a major success story in the commercial
The film has been acknowledged by the Jadavpur University as the
“First New wave Film” for the young generation in the post Satyajit
Ray era. The film has been included in the University’s Film Studies
course from 2002.
Subratra Sen’s sudden decision to quit journalism, where he worked
as a correspondent in New Delhi, came as a surprise to many. Says
Sen, "After working for almost a decade in Delhi and covering seven
Prime Ministers of the country, I thought it was time to do
something else. May be, it was my mid-life crisis."
Sen never had any formal training in film-making. He describes
making of Ek Je Achhe Kanya his first training ground. However, as a
child, he came in close contact with Satyajit Ray, the master Indian
filmmaker, while writing for Sandesh, a children's magazine which
the maestro edited. It was probably Ray's over towering influence in
childhood, which initiated Sen in to delving in filmmaking.
But despite his close association with Ray, Sen has consciously
avoided Ray's style of filmmaking. "Ray is a fixation of Indian
Filmmakers. We have to get out of his influence and make movies
which are different, " he says.