|Born||Port Moody, Canada|
|Occupation||Actress, playwright, dancer|
Anita Majumdar is a Canadian actress and playwright. She is best known for her role in the CBC television film Murder Unveiled for which she received the Best Actress award at the 2005 Asian Festival of First Films.
The daughter of Hindu Bengali immigrants from India, Majumdar grew up in Port Moody, Canada. She did not speak English until the age of six. She is trained in several forms of classical dance, including Bharata Natyam, Kathak and Odissi. Majumdar graduated from the University of British Columbia where she earned degrees in English, Theatre and South Asian Languages. In 2004, she graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada.
She first came to attention with her one-woman play Fish Eyes in which she played three different parts. She was cast as Davinder Samra in the CBC television film Murder Unveiled. In the film she plays a fictionalised version of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, a Canadian Sikh beautician who was murdered by her family after she secretly married a poor Indian rickshaw driver. She won the Best Actress Award at the 2005 Asian Festival of First Films for her performance in the film. She then wrote a one-woman play based on the film called The Misfit. Majumdar was cast in Diverted as Alia, a passenger whose plane is diverted as a result of the September 11 attacks and falls in love with Shawn Ashmore. She also plays the character of Emerald in Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Midnight's Children.
Film and television
- 1998 - Principal Takes a Holiday - Student
- 2005 - Murder Unveiled - Davinder Samra
- 2009 - Diverted - Alia Ramaswami
- 2011 - Republic of Doyle - Episode: "The Son Also Rises" - Michelle Richmond
- 2012 - Midnight's Children - Emerald
- 2012 - Gavin Crawford's Wild West - Liz
- 2004 - Tales from Ovid
- 2005 - Fish Eyes
- 2006 - Bloom
- 2006 - Bombay Black
- 2008 - The Misfit
- 2009 - Aisha n' Ben
- 2009 - Shakuntala
- 2010 - Oy! Just Beat It!
- 2010 - Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings
- 2011 - Rice Boy
- 2014 - Same Same But Different
- "Port Moody Actress Stars In Canadian Tragedy". Asian Pacific Post. February 8, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- "Anita Majumdar". 411 Initiative for Change. Retrieved February 3, 2012. "My parents were born and raised in India and are Bengalis, so I've inherited a Bengali-Indian background."
- "Mom scolded Majumdar for writing comedy". North Shore News. January 11, 2008. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- "Anita Majumdar". 411 Initiative for Change. Retrieved February 3, 2012. "I did high school in Port Moody, went to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and got a degree in English, Theatre and South Asian Languages and then did the 3 year Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada."
- DiRaddo, Christopher (Spring 2006). "Anita Majumdar: Anita Unveiled". NTS Magazine. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Ouzounian, Richard (October 7, 2005). "Ladies' night runs long, short". Toronto Star. p. D13.
- "A fish out of water". The Queen's Journal. September 25, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Werb, Jessica (January 10, 2008). "The Misfit confronts social codes that can turn women into targets". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Sharma, Garima (November 22, 2011). "Rahul Bose to play General Zulfikar". Times of India. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Baute, Nicole (December 11, 2008). "To father, with love". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 3, 2012.