Seema Biswas

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Seema Biswas
Seema Biswas.jpg
Born (1965-01-14) January 14, 1965 (age 49)
Nalbari, Assam, India
Occupation Actress
Awards Genie Awards"
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[edit]

Biswas was born in Nalbari, Assam, to parents Jagdish and Meera Biswas.[1] 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,[2] 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.

She has been honoured with the Life Membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television by the director Sandeep Marwah.

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. [3]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Amshini Sarada
1994 Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Flavy J. Braganza
1997 Ladies Only
1998 Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa Somu's mother
1999 Bindhaast CBI officer
Samar Dulari
2001 Dhyasparva Malati Karve
Shantham ( Malayalam )
2002 Deewangee Psychiatrist
Company Ranibai
Ghaav: The Wound Tanya
2003 Boom Bharti
Bhoot Bai
Iyarkai (Tamil) Mercy -Sister-in-law of Nancy
Pinjar Mad woman
2004 Kaya Taran Sister Agatha
Ek Hasina Thi ACP Malti Vaidya
Hanan Mrs. Heeralal
2005 Water Shakuntala
Mumbai Godfather
The White Land Sudha's mother
2006 Vivah Rama
Shoonya Pradhan
Zindaggi Rocks
2007 Sofia The Madam
Kamagata Maru
Amal Sapna Agarwal
2008 Striker Siddharth's mother
Shaurya Captain Javed Khan's mother
Cooking with Stella Stella
Heaven on Earth
2009 Yeh Mera India Bai
2010 Lalbaug Parel Mother
City of Gold (2010 film) Aai
2011 Queens! Destiny of Dance Amma
Patang Sudha
2012 Midnight's Children Mary
2014 Chaarfutiya Chhokare Janki
Manjunath (Film) Manjunath's Mother
Sold (2014 film) Amma
Balyakalasakhi ( Malayalam ) Selvi


Filmfare Awards[edit]

Star Screen Awards[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award[edit]

Genie/Canadian Screen Award[edit]


  1. ^ Vasisht, Divya: "Seema Biswas: Beyond the limelight" The Times of India (online) , 24 June 2003
  2. ^ Kumar, Anuj: "Beyond the image", The Hindu, Metro Plus Mangalore edition, 3 March 2007.
  3. ^ KothaSobi: "Seema Biswas as Jury in 45th International Film Festival of India", KothaSobi.

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