January 14, 1965 |
Nalbari, Assam, India
Best Actress: Water (2005)
Best Supporting Actress: Midnight's Children (2012)
Seema Biswas (born 14 January 1965) is an Indian film and theatre actress from Assam who shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen (1994). She has a reputation for performing strong character roles. Biswas won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Bandit Queen. She won the 2000 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the 2006 Best Actress Genie Award for her role as Shakuntala in Deepa Mehta's Water (2005).
Personal life and education
Biswas was born in Nalbari, Assam, to parents Jagdish and Meera Biswas. Her mother, an early influence, was a history teacher and a pioneering figure for female theatre artistes in Assam; and she came into contact with artists like Bhupen Hazarika, Phani Sarma and Bishnuprasad Rabha early in life. She studied Political Science at Nalbari College, and later joined the National School of Drama, New Delhi. After graduating from NSD in 1984, she joined the NSD Repertory Company.
Seema Biswas acted as the heroine in Kishan Kartha's Amshini (Hindi) which entered the Indian Panorama Section of Filmotsav 1988. However the general belief is that Biswas debuted after Shekhar Kapur watched her perform in NSD Repertory Company, and offered her a role in Bandit Queen. Although she had earlier acted in Assamese cinema, this was her first big break into Hindi cinema, and she arrived with a bang.
Rooted firmly in theatre, she refuses to be typecast, and has worked in a variety of films and character roles. She has also worked in a number of Marathi, Malayalam, and Tamil films. Some of her Marathi films are Bindhast, Dhyaas Parwa, and Lalbaug-Parel.
In 2014, Seema Biswas has been included in the prestigious five member jury board of 45th International Film Festival of India(IFFI) to be held from 20th to 30th November at Goa. 
|1994||Bandit Queen||Phoolan Devi||Hindi|
|1996||Khamoshi: The Musical||Flavy J. Braganza||Hindi|
|1998||Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa||Somu's mother||Hindi|
|Ghaav: The Wound||Tanya||Hindi|
|Iyarkai||Mercy -Sister-in-law of Nancy||Tamil|
|Pinjar||Mad woman||Hindustani, Punjabi|
|2004||Kaya Taran||Sister Agatha||Hindi|
|Ek Hasina Thi||ACP Malti Vaidya||Hindi, English|
|Hanan||Mrs. Heeralal||Hindi, Bengali, English|
|The White Land||Sudha's mother||Hindi|
|Amal||Sapna Agarwal||English, Hindi|
|Shaurya||Captain Javed Khan's mother||Hindi|
|Cooking with Stella||Stella||English, Hindi|
|Heaven on Earth||English, Punjabi|
|2009||Yeh Mera India||Bai||Hindi|
|City of Gold||Aai||Hindi|
|2011||Queens! Destiny of Dance||Amma||Hindi|
|Patang||Sudha||Hindi, Gujarati, English|
|Manjunath (Film)||Manjunath's Mother||Hindi|
Star Screen Awards
- 1996: Won: Best Supporting Actress for Khamoshi: The Musical
- 2002: Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Company
- 2003: Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Bhoot
National Film Awards
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
- 2001 - Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Genie/Canadian Screen Award
- 26th Genie Awards, 2006: Won: Best Actress for Water
- Canadian Screen Awards, 2013: Won: Best Supporting Actress for Midnight's Children
- Vasisht, Divya: "Seema Biswas: Beyond the limelight" The Times of India (online) , 24 June 2003
- Kumar, Anuj: "Beyond the image", The Hindu, Metro Plus Mangalore edition, 3 March 2007.
- KothaSobi: "Seema Biswas as Jury in 45th International Film Festival of India", KothaSobi.
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