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Sengupta was born in Kolkata, and grew up in Delhi and Nepal. He did his graduation in English literature from Delhi University, During this period he joined Jana Natya Manch, a theatre group based in Delhi. Thereafter received a Diploma in Drama from the Living Theatre Academy, New Delhi, where he studied under Ebrahim Alkazi. After working in theatre, tele films and television series in Delhi, Sengupta shifted to Mumbai in 1997.
Sengupta starred in Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) a film by Govind Nihalani. Thereafter, Sengupta starred in number of films like Good Boy Bad Boy (2007), Shakal Pe Mat Ja (2011), Hate Story (2012), Deham also directed by Govind Nahlani. Over the years he has worked with theatre directors like Habib Tanvir, Safdar Hashmi, Barry John, Feroz Abbas Khan, Ramu Ramanathan and Lillete Dubey.
He married former model from Kolkata, Tara in 2006.
- Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998)
- Deham (2001)
- Bhalo Theko (2003)
- Jara Bristite Bhijechhilo (2007)
- Good Boy Bad Boy (2007)
- 68 Pages (2008)
- Chaturanga (Four chapters, 2008)
- Aladin (2009)
- Shakal Pe Mat Ja (2011)
- Kagojer Bou (The Paper Wife, 2011)
- Hate Story (2012)
- Tabe Tai Hok (2012)
- Patalghar (2003)
- Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2013)
- Children of War (2014)
- Path Ghat (2014)
- Teenkahon (2014)
- Khola Hawa (2014)
- RoughBook (2015)
- Dance Like a Man
- Dinner With Friends (2011)
- Shoma A. Chatterji (2 September 2011). "Balancing act: Actor Joy Sengupta straddles films and theatre with equal ease and passion.". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- "Joy Sengupta on his place in the scheme of things". 28 February 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- Catherine Rhea Roy (10 September 2011). "Learning on stage". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- "An encounter with 'Deham' star Joy Sengupta". Rediff.com, Movies. 30 April 2002. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- Raja Sen. "Review: Hate Story is a hate crime against the sex-starved". Rediff.com. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Subhash K. Jha. "Hate Story Movie Review : 3.5 out of 5 Stars". Worldsnap. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Kagojer Bou (The Paper Wife)". The Indian Express. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- "Path Ghat (Bengali) / Terrible". The Indian Express. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-29.