When Debashis was a kid, he was anxiously asked ‘what you will be when you grow up’; his immediate reply was ‘I will be a hero’. From this, it can be realized how much passionate Debashis was for acting from his childhood. Debashis is born to Dr. Kirtan Bihari Patra, a retired principal and Pratibha Patra in a Zamindar family at Anandpur, Keonjhar. His passion is obvious as he has inherited it from his own family. Debashish grandfather was a famous Tabla player; his mother and aunt were students of Odishi dance at Kala Bikas Kendra of Cuttack; and his father was an actor in theatre and film and an audition artist in Doordarshan. Debashis’ first venture into acting was in his 5th standard when he got a chance to act in a musical drama at Brahmani Devi School of Anandpur. Then he went to Balbhadra Narayan High School and focused on studies keeping his dream for acting intact. When Debashis’s father was working in ‘Abhliash’, he once visited its shooting set where he met the evergreen actor and actress Uttam & Aparajita Mohanty. This meeting flavoured his dream further to think ‘I will be a hero like Uttam Mohanty’. After +2, Debashis’s family shifted to Bhubaneswar and he studied at BJB College. In those days, when a modeling culture was prevailing in Bhubaneswar, Debashis already had a sound slim body, and new & different look. As a model, he joined Uswashi Mihsra and Jyoti Mishra who were top models in that time. In 1996, Debashis won a fashion contest organized by Asian Age and came runners-up in another national level fashion contest at Chennai, called Eva super model contest. Meanwhile, Debashis continued to study as his father had advised to focus on studies simultaneously and completed courses of fashion design and MBA.
However, Debashis’s success at Eva Super model Contest landed him in acquaintance with actor Pintu Nanda and Surya Mohanty who is a NSD graduate and prominent theatre personality. Debashis joined ‘Mukti’ a group led by Surya Mohanty and got a chance to participate in workshops, and polished his acting skills. He got his first acting opportunity when Pintu Nanda brought him an offer to play the lead role in ‘Mana ra Manisa’ of Doordarshan. But it was his acting in ‘Mausi’ which brought Debashis immense appreciation, popularity and exposure. During 2000, Debashis joined video album industry and succeeded in doing record breaking-more than 700 albums. It made him, all of a sudden, a star – an ‘album king’. This tag finally wide opened film opportunities for him in 2004. Debashis was approached by none other than Sri Sabyasachi Mahapatra to play the role of ‘Narad’ in his multilingual movie ‘Sri Jagannath’. Though Debashis couldn’t accept the role mentally as he wanted to be a hero, he played the role and was amazed to get overwhelming appreciation and recognition for it. In 2005, wedding bells rang and Debashis got married to Monalisa Kanungo, a prominent figure in TV industry. This big event of life made Debashis realized in order to survive, one needs to be financial sound. In the year 2006, he joined ICICI Prudential and till 2010 he stayed away from cinema.
In 2010, as the face of cinema industry changed, Debashis started to get some new opportunities which were absent four years ago. He left the ICICI job and returned back to the industry with ‘Pahili Rajja’, and ‘Bhul Bujhibani Mate’ which were his immediate hits. People appreciated the work and comeback of Debashis. In 2011, Debashis got the chance to work with Anam Sahoo and Rajiv Mohanty through ‘Chori Chori Mana Chori’. And In 2012, he starred in ‘Tate Bhal Pauchi Boli’, ‘Tu Tha Mu Jauchi Russi’, ‘Chandini I Miss You’, the unreleased “Thik Tori Pari Jhio Tie’ and “Idiot’. And now, Debashis is riding high in his filmdom. With new offers and opportunities, dedication and devotion, he is sailing ahead for fulfilling his dream to be a hero. Though, the long experience has made him wish not only to do ‘hero’ roles but roles that are challenging and exceptional enough.
Bhul bujhibani Mate
Chori Chori Mana Chori
Tate Bhal Pauchi Boli
Tu Tha Mu Jauchi Russi
Chandini I Miss You
Thik Tori Pari Jhio Tie