Seema Biswas (born 14 January 1965) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films and the theatre. She gained prominence after playing the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen (1994), for which she won the National Film Award for Best Actress. 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). Her other mainstream films include Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), for which she won the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress, Bhoot (2003), Vivah (2006) and Half Girlfriend (2017). In addition to films, Biswas has appeared in many television shows.
Personal life and education
Biswas was born in Nalbari, Assam, to Jagdish Biswas and Meera Biswas. After completing her primary education, she graduated in political science with honours from Nalbari College, Assam. She studied dramatic arts at the National School of Drama in New Delhi.
Biswas played the lead in Krishnan Kartha's Amshini (Hindi), it entered the Indian Panorama Section of Filmotsav 1988. However, the general belief is that she debuted after Shekhar Kapur watched her perform in the 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.
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 Marathi, Malayalam and Tamil films. Some of her Marathi films are Bindhast, Dhyaas Parwa and Lalbaug-Parel.
In 2014, Biswas was a jury member of the 45th International Film Festival of India, held from 20 to 30 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|
|Pinjar||Pagli- 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|
|Heaven on Earth||English, Punjabi|
|Yeh Mera India||Bai||Hindi|
|2009||Cooking with Stella||Stella||English, Hindi|
|City of Gold||Aai||Hindi|
|2011||Queens! Destiny Of Dance||Guru Amma||Hindi|
|Patang||Sudha||Hindi, Gujarati, English|
|With Love, Delhi!||Mother||English|
|2015||Jai Ho Democracy||Mohini Devi||Hindi|
|A Yellow Bird||Siva's mother||Tamil, Mandarin, English|
|Freaky Ali||Ali's Mother||Hindi|
|Anatomy of Violence||Hindi|
|2017||Half Girlfriend||Rani Sahiba, Madhav's mother||Hindi|
|2020||Funny Boy||Ammachi||English, Tamil, Sinhala|
|2022||Bachchhan Paandey||Mrs. Paandey||Hindi|
|2014–15||Maha Kumbh: Ek Rahasaya, Ek Kahani||Mai Mui|
|2020||Daadi Amma Daadi Amma Maan Jaao!||Daadi Amma|
|2020||Code M||Asif's mother||ALTBalaji/ZEE5|
|2021||The Family Man Season 2||PM Basu||Amazon Prime Video|
|2022||Human||Roma Ma||Disney+ Hotstar|
|2022||Breathe: Into the Shadows Season 2||Dr. Indu Rao||Amazon Prime Video|
|1997||Filmfare Awards||Bandit Queen||Best Female Debut||Won|
|Khamoshi: The Musical||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1996||National Film Awards||Bandit Queen||Best Actress||Won|
|2006||Canadian Screen Awards (Or Genie Awards)||Water||Best Actress||Won|
|2013||Midnight's Children||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2002||People's Choice Awards India||Company||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2004||Ek Hasina Thi||Nominated|
|2001||Sangeet Natak Akademi Award||Overall Contribution||Won|
|1997||Screen Awards||Khamoshi: The Musical||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
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