Chatterjee at the premiere of The Forest, 11 May 2012
|Born||Pune, Maharashtra, India|
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Tannishtha Chatterjee is an Indian actress. She is best known in the West for her performance in the British film Brick Lane (2007), the film adaptation of Monica Ali's best selling novel of the same name. She was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards as the best actress for Brick Lane. Her other notables roles have been in Academy Award-winning German director Florian Gallenberger's film, Shadows of Time, Road, Movie with Abhay Deol and Bibar for which she won Best Actress at the 2006 Osian Film Festival  and the 2007 BFJA awards.
Chatterjee was born in Pune, Maharashtra, to a Bengali Hindu family. Her father was a business executive and her mother was a political science professor. Her family traveled and lived out of the country for some time and then moved to Delhi. She majored in Chemistry at Delhi University and then went to the National School of Drama. Thereafter she worked in India and Europe with well-known theatre directors.
Chatterjee's first film Swaraj won a National Film Award. Chatterjee's performance in the German film, Shadows of Time earned her critical acclaim. It took her to international film festivals like Toronto and Berlin. Thereafter she worked on an Indo-French coproduction Hava Aney Dey (Let the Wind Blow) directed by Partho Sen-Gupta which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the best film award at the Durban International Film Festival among others. Following these, Chatterjee acted in films like Strings, Kasturi and Bibar. The Bengali film Bibar won her critical acclaim and best actress awards. Her work in the British film Brick Lane directed by Sarah Gavron gave her international exposure and recognition. Chatterjee was nominated for the British independent film awards along with actresses like Judi Dench and Anne Hathaway.
Chatterjee has finished filming Ravi Kumar's upcoming film, Bhopal: Prayer for Rain in which she is starring with Martin Sheen. She was the lead in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol. Chatterjee is often referred by the Indian media as the Princess of Parallel Cinema. Chatterjee was referred by the Indian media as the chief flag bearer at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. She won the best actress award at the Miaac New York Film Festival for her film Bombay Summer. Referred to as one of the most international of Indian actors, she is the lead in Lucy Liu's film based on the book Half the Sky.
Chatterjee was in the jury of the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Currently she finished shooting for T series film I Love New Year opposite Sunny Deol directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. Tannishtha appeared in Joe Wright's film Anna Karenina (2012). Her film Dekh Indian Circus won the audiences choice award in Busan International Film Festival. She won the National Film Award for the same film amongst other awards. She is also featuring in a major role in Gulab Gang , a film starring Madhuri Dixit. Her film Monsoon Shootout is in official selection at the 66th Cannes film festival. Her Canadian film Siddharth is in official selection at the 70th Venice Film Festival and the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. She is the only Indian actress whose films have been selected in three of the major international film festivals in the same year.
|2014||Feast of Varanasi|
|2013||Bhopal: Prayer for Rain|
|2013||Dekh Indian Circus|
|2013||I Love New Year|
|2012||Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid|
|2005||Shadows of Time|
|2004||Hava Aney Dey|
|2006||Osian film festival||Best Actress||Bibar||Yes|
|2007||British Independent Film Awards 2007||Best Actress||Brick Lane||No|
|2007||Bengal Film Journalists' Association||Most Promising Actress||Bibar||Yes|
|2009||Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council||Best actress||Bombay Summer||Yes|
|2010||Stardust Award||best actress||Road, Movie||No|
|2012||NYIFF Indo-American Arts Council||best Actress||Dekh Indian Circus||Yes|
|2012||National Film Award (Special Mention)||National Film Award||Dekh Indian Circus||Yes|
- Tannishtha Chatterjee. imdb.com
- Nomination at BIfA. Zimbio.com (2007-11-28). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- Shadows of Time[dead link]
- Award for Bibar. Altfg.com. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- "Tannishtha Chatterjee Rises To The Challenge In "Brick Lane"". India Journal. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
- Career at NSD. Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- National Award for Swaraj. Nfdcindia.com. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- Berlin Film Festival. Berlinale.de (2005-02-11). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- Expected to be acting with Sheen. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2008-07-14). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- An interview with Tannishtha Chatterjee, main actress of BRICK LANE. cinemawithoutborders.com (2008-06-13.html)
- "IFFI 2009: INTERVIEW – Tannishtha Chatterjee". Reuters. 2009-11-30.
- Tannishtha Chatterjee. indiafm.com
- "Promoting Films And Filmmakers Of The Asia-Pacific To A Global Audience". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- "A class act". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 2011-05-15.
- "Tannishtha Chatterjee to work with Sunny Deol". The Times Of India. 2011-05-15.
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- Festival Queen: Tannishtha Chatterjee on a roll : Glossary – India Today. Indiatoday.intoday.in (2013-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
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