Utpal Datta did his Masters in English Literature and Marketing Management and started his career as a Film Journalist for the journal ROOPKAR and later joined Film industry as a still photographer and Asst Director to the legend of Assam Dr B N Saikia. Simultaneously he has given shape to his journalist career and became Asst Editor of BISMOI, the largest circulated monthly of North East and concentrated on FILM CRITICISM. He has in his credit few original books on Film Aesthetics and also has edited several volumes on Film and has edited all the screenplays of Dr B N Saikia and published those in book form.
As a Film Critic he has been awarded with several state level awards and also been awarded with Special Jury Mention in National Film Award for his writings on Cinema.
Besides that, he is an accomplished creative writer with more ten numbers of books of various genres. He also produces Radio programme and also begged RAPA and LAADLI Media Award for his programmes on AIDS Orphans and Gender sensitivity.