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|Native name||জয়া আহসান|
Jaya Ahsan is a Bangladeshi actress and producer. She works predominantly in Bangladeshi and Indian Bengali films. She is the recipient of three Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Actress, a Filmfare Award East, a Zee Cine Award, two International Bangla Film Critic Awards, six Meril Prothom Alo Awards and many others. She has received critical acclaim for her performances in Guerrilla (2011), Chorabali (2012), Aborto (2013), Zero Degree (2015), Rajkahini (2015), Bishorjon (2017), and etc.
She made her screen debut in Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's Bachelor (2004) as a guest character. Her film career began in earnest six years later with Nurul Alam Atik's Dubsatar (2010). Prior to her works in television and films, she was a journalist, and a teacher.
Jaya Ahsan, the daughter of freedom fighter A. S. Maswood and Rehana Maswood, was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has a younger sister and brother. Along with her formal education, she took a diploma course in Rabindra Sangeet and training in classical music. She first appeared on television when she performed in the teledrama Panchami. She modeled for a calendar which caught the eye of Afzal Hossain, who later offered her work on a promotional advertisement of the soft drink Coca-Cola. Afterwards, she left modeling and continued with her studies. She joined a newspaper company, Bhorer Kagoj, a national daily, which rekindled her interest in the media. After a brief stint at a children's school, she returned to modelling. Thereafter, she worked in Giashuddin Selim’s Shongshoy. Besides media, she also practices crafting and painting, which she demonstrated in art house productions like "Anechy Shurjer Hashi".
Having started her career as a model in the late 1990s, Ahsan has since worked in numerous television dramas and serials. She worked in Giashuddin Selim’s Shongshoy and later in Anechy Shurjer Hashi. Directors, among others, opine that one of the reasons behind her success is that she has always been selective about the plot and the character of the plays she was offered. Her reputation as an actress was founded on the notable roles she played in Kuhok, Labonyo Probha, Horton-er Bibi, Shonkhobash, Hatkura and many more. She has won wide recognition among TV viewers for her role as Aaysha in Anechy Shurjer Hashi and Monika in Labonyo Probha. Her acting skills can be gauged in Toukir Ahmed and Bipasha Hayat's play Shonkhobash in which she played the role of Pushpo which was a bold character according to her. The role she played in Hatkura added another chapter in her career as a performer. Set in the outskirts of a village in Rangpur District. The play was quite a challenge for her. "I had to learn the dialect of Rangpur for the role. Actually, I had never been to a village before that. And it was a completely new experience for me" she said. In 2010-2011 ongoing serial Choita Pagol aired on Channel i, she played the role of Alta, who is also a rural woman. She said "Alta is one of my favourite characters. I liked playing the role." Her outstanding performance in Mejbaur Rahman Sumon's Tarporo Angurlata Nondoke Bhalobashe also made her way to the top and cemented her position as an actress. She portrayed various characters in teledramas including Sixty Nine (69), Tevaga, Shahortolir Alo, Tarpor Paruler Deen, Amader Choto Nodi, Mayesha, Jostna, Nodi Othoba Roshider Kichu Kolpo Drisyo and many more. Her stunning performances one after one made her the most popular leading actress and she became the highest-paid actress in the television industry of Bangladesh.
On the big screen, she had a special appearance in a film named Bachelor (2004) which was directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. Her first film was Nurul Alam Atik's debut film Dubshatar, English title: In Too Deep (2010). The film did not do well in the box office but her performance was praised by the critics. In the same year, she acted in a thriller named Firey Esho Behula (2010), directed by Tanim Noor.
In 2010-2011, she worked in Nasiruddin Yousuff's big budget film Guerrilla. The movie was based on the events of the Bangladesh Liberation War, and it was an adaptation of the novel 'Nishiddho Loban' by Syed Shamsul Huq. It narrates the tale of Bilkis Banu, played by Ahsan, a freedom fighter, who actively participates in the Liberation War while searching for her lost husband. The film was a huge hit and ran over hundred days in many movie theaters around the country. This film won National Awards in ten categories, including the Best Actress Award for Ahsan. After the success of this film, she shifted her focus into film industry.
In the following year, she worked on Chorabali (2012), which is an action thriller directed by Redoan Rony. She portrayed 'Noboni Afroz', a journalist and won her second National Film Award for her performance. The film performed well in the box office and was declared a hit.
In 2013, Ahsan acted in a Bangla film named Aborto, directed by Arindam Sil. She was nominated for the Filmfare Awards East for Best Debut Performance Female for her role in the film. She also received an official invitation to attend the 66th Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, she performed in Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini, a Bangladeshi romantic film directed by Shafi Uddin Shafi. It was her first mainstream Bangladeshi film in collaboration with Shakib Khan. Filming began on 4 August 2012 and was wrapped-up by June 2013. The film released on 16 October 2013 of Eid al-Adha. Upon release, the film received positive reviews and was a huge box office success. The original production team announced plans to make a sequel titled, Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini 2. The sequel has retained leads Shakib Khan and Ahsan while Mamnun Hasan Emon and Mousumi Hamid are new additions to the cast, and tbe movie released in October 2015.
Ahsan started working in an action-science-fiction film named Parle Theka, directed by Samurai Maruf in 2013-14 but the director stopped filming. The film became much anticipated film of the year for a video song called Jongoler Daak which created somewhat of a buzz in the media when the work for the movie began few years ago. The shooting of the film began near the end of 2012 and even when 2015 rolled in, the shooting was not completed. In 2015, the film was set to resurface and the shooting began again, but under a completely different name, with the title Mesidona.
After one-year break Zero Degree was her following venture. The film was a psychological thriller written and directed by Animesh Aich and was released on 15 January 2015. The film was not a commercial success though it was critically acclaimed and Ahsan won a national film award in the category of best actress for her performance in the movie.
In 2015, Ahsan worked in three other Indian Bangla films- Rajkahini based on the 1947 east and west Bengal separation which is directed by Srijit Mukherji, Ekti Bangali Bhuter Golpo a horror film directed by Indranil Roychowdhury and Kantho directed by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay. Ekti Bangali Bhuter Golpo was set for a world TV premier in Kolkata on 17 May in ZEE Bangla Cinema. Rajkahini was scheduled to release on 16 October 2015.
She signed up for a new Bangladeshi film. The actress will be seen as the lead character in director Mahmud Didar's upcoming film Beauty Circus. The shooting for the film was set to begin from November 2015 and the entire shoot took place in the hilly areas.
|2004||Bachelor||Shaila||Mostofa Sarwar Farooki||Bangladesh||Special Appearance|
|2010||Dubshatar||Renuka Rahman||Nurul Alam Atik||Bangladesh|
|2011||Phirey Esho Behula||Tanima||Tanim Noor||Bangladesh|
|Guerrilla||Bilkis Banu||Nasiruddin Yousuff||Bangladesh||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|2012||Chorabali||Noboni Afroz||Redwan Roni||Bangladesh||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|2013||Aborto||Charu Sen||Arindam Sil||India||Nominated for Filmfare Awards East Best Debutant Female|
|Purnodoirgho Prem Kahini||Zara||Shafi Uddin Shafi||Bangladesh||Meril Prothom Alo Awards for Best Actress|
|2015||Zero Degree||Saniya||Animesh Aich||Bangladesh||National Film Award for Best Actress|
|Ekti Bangali Bhooter Goppo||Amrita Datta||Indranil Roy Chowdhury||India|
|Rajkahini||Rubina||Srijit Mukherji||India||Tele Cine Awards for Best Supporting Actress|
|2016||Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini 2||Mitu||Shafi Uddin Shafi||Bangladesh|
|Eagoler Chokh||Shibangi||Arindam Sil||India||63rd National Award of India|
|Bhalobashar Shohor||Annapurna Das||Indranil Roy Chowdhury||India||Short Film|
|2017||Bishorjon||Padma||Kaushik Ganguly||India||64th National Award of India for being Best Bengali Movie
International Bangla Film Awards (IBFA) 2017 for Best Actress
|Khacha||Sarojini||Akram Khan||Bangladesh||Bangladesh's submission for Oscar|
|Aami Joy Chatterjee||Dr Aditi Roy||Manoj Michigan||India|
|Beauty Circus||Beauty||Mahmud Didar||Bangladesh||Post Production|
|Peyarar Shubash||N/A||Nurul Alam Atiq||Bangladesh||Post Production|
|2018||Putro||N/A||Saiful Islam Mannu||Bangladesh|
|Jhara Palak||Labonyo Das||Sayantan Mukherjee||India|
|Lal Moroger Jhuti||Padma||Nurul Alam Atiq||Bangladesh|
|Sworger Kachakachi||N/A||Anjan Dutt||India|
|Ek Je Chilo Raja||Mrinmayee Devi||Srijit Mukherji||India|
|Brishti Tomake Dilam||N/A||Arnob Pal||India|
|Chowringhee||Karabi Guha||Srijit Mukherji||India|
|2018||Crisscross||Miss Sen||Birsa Dasgupta||India|
- Amader Choto Nodi
- Choita Pagol
- Coffee House
- Dorjar Opashe
- Enechi Shurjer Hashi
- Labbonno Probha
- Mone Mone
- Manush Badal
- Polayon Porbo
- Sixty Nine (69)
- Shomporker Golpo
- Amader Golpo
- Aunuposthit Chinho
- Anonto Adhora
- Bikol Pakhir Gaan
- Bhalobashi Tai, Bhalobeshe Jai
- Cheri-Phuler Name Nam
- Chondrabotir Lottery
- Chor O Novelist
- De Dour
- Ebong Autopor
- Ebong Bonolota Sen
- Ferar Poth Nei, Chilo Na Kono Kale
- Fifth Anniversary
- Gorambhath Athoba Nichok Bhooter Golpo
- Ghum Ghar
- Horton-er Bibi
- Jononir Kanna
- Jostna, Nodi Othoba Roshider Kichu Kolpo Drisyo
- Journey By Boat
- Koyekti Neel Rongpencil
- Kuashar Bhitor Mrittur Shomoy
- Maya Athoba Mrittur Galpo
- Madhobi Upakkhan
- No Mans Land
- Na Komola Na Meherjaan
- Nirjon Shakkhor
- Neel Botam
- Nokkhotro Ghas Chondro Mollikar Raat
- Off Beat
- Obak Sondesh
- Oshomapto Ghor
- Poth Geche Beke
- Shohor Tolir Alo
- Shomporker Dana
- Tarpor Paruler Din
- Tarporo Angurlata Nandoke Valobase
- Topur Cycle
- The Facebook
Ahsan is also a singer and did diploma courses in Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet. She did playback in several films, such as "Tomer Khola Hawa" in Dubshatar and "Jongoler Daak" in Parle Theka.
Besides media, she is also good at crafting and painting, which she demonstrated in art house productions like "Anechy Shurjer Hashi". She was chosen to be a brand ambassador for USAID (US Agency for International Development) to help women and children.
|2011||National Film Award||Best Actress||Guerrilla||Won|
|2012||National Film Award||Best Actress||Chorabali||Won|
|2015||National Film Award||Best Actress||Zero Degree||Won|
|2005||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best TV Actress||Enechi Shurjer Hashi||Nominated|
|2006||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Critics Choice)||Best TV Actress||Hutkura||Won|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best TV Actress||Enechi Shurjer Hashi||Nominated|
|2007||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best TV Actress||Shonkhobash||Nominated|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Critics Choice)||Best TV Actress||Scriptwritter||Nominated|
|2009||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best TV Actress||Tarporo Angurlota Nondoke Bhalobashe||Won|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Critics Choice)||Best TV Actress||Bikol Pakhir Gaan||Nominated|
|2010||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best TV Actress||Choita Pago||Nominated|
|2011||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Critics Choice)||Best Film Actress||Guerrilla||Won|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best Film Actress||Guerrilla||Nominated|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best TV Actress||Choita Pagol||Won|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Critics Choice)||Best TV Actress||Koyekti Neel Ronger Pencil||Nominated|
|2012||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best Film Actress||Chorabali||Won|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best TV Actress||Aamader Golpo||Nominated|
|Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Critics Choice)||Best TV Actress||Aamader Golpo||Nominated|
|2013||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Public Choice)||Best Film Actress||Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini||Won|
|2015||Meril Prothom Alo Awards (Critics Choice)||Best Film Actress||Zero Degree||Nominated|
BACHSAS Film Award
|2011||40th BACHSAS Film Award||Best Actress||Guerrilla||Won|
|2013||Filmfare Awards East||Best Debutante Female||Aborto||Nominated|
|2017||Filmfare Awards East||Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)||Eagoler Chokh||Nominated|
|2018||Filmfare Awards East||Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)||Bishorjan||Won|
|Filmfare Awards East||Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female)||Bishorjan||Nominated|
|2018||Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards||Best Actress||Bishorjan||Won|
|2018||Zee Cine Awards Regional (Bengali films)||Best Actress||Bishorjan||Won|
|2015||Tele Cine Awards||Best Supporting Role Female||Rajkahini||Won|
International Bangla Film Critic Award
|2011||International Bangla Film Critic Award||Best Actress||Guerrilla||Won|
|2017||International Bangla Film Critic Award||Best Actress||Bishorjan||Won|
12TH DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
|2011||12th Dhaka International Film Festival||Best Actress||Guerrilla||Won|
Lux Channel i Performance Award
|2011||Lux Channel i Performance Award (film)||Best Actress||Guerrilla||Won|
|Lux Channel i Performance Award (tv)||Best Actress||Choita Pagol||Won|
CJFB Performance Award
|2008||CJFB Performance Award (tv)||Best Actress||Antorikkho||Won|
|2009||CJFB Performance Award (tv)||Best Actress||Panjabiwala||Won|
|2008||Charuniram Award (tv)||Best Actress||Antorikkho||Won|
|2009||Charuniram Award (tv)||Best Actress||Panjabiwala||Won|
|2010||Charuniram Award (tv)||Best Actress||Mayesha||Won|
- Shah Alam Shazu (2018-07-01). "Jaya's big day". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
- Shah Alam Shazu (2010-12-03). "An ever-evolving career". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
- "অভিনয় দিয়ে নকশি কাঁথা বুনতে চাই". Natunbarta.com. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- Shah Alam Shazu (30 September 2011). "Jaya pairs up with Indraneil Sengupta". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "Jaya essays Charu's role in 'Aborto'". Priyo. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
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