Tannishtha Chatterjee

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Tannishtha Chatterjee
Tannishtha Chatterjee at Premiere of 'The Forest' (3).jpg
Chatterjee at the premiere of The Forest on 11 May 2012
Born (1980-11-23) 23 November 1980 (age 38)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian India
Alma materNational School of Drama
OccupationFilm actress
Years active2003–present

Tannishtha Chatterjee (born 23 November 1980) is an Indian film actress 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[1] for which she was nominated best actress at the British Independent Film Awards.[2] Her other notable roles have been in Academy Award-winning German director Florian Gallenberger's film Shadows of Time, Road, Movie with Abhay Deol, Dekh Indian Circus, for which she won the National Film award and Marathi film Doctor Rakhmabai, among many others.

Early life[edit]

Chatterjee was born in Pune, Maharashtra, on 23 November 1980, 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, then moved to Delhi.[3] She studied at Bluebells School International. She majored in Chemistry at Delhi University before entering the National School of Drama.[4]


Chatterjee's performance in the German film, Shadows of Time earned her critical acclaim. It took her to international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.[5] 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 International Film Festival and won the best film award at the Durban International Film Festival among others. Following these, Chatterjee acted in Strings, Kasturi and the Bengali film Bibar, winning 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 Judi Dench and Anne Hathaway.

Chatterjee played a major role in Bhopal: Prayer for Rain in which she starred with Martin Sheen.[6] She was the lead in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol and as earned the moniker Princess of Parallel Cinema in the Indian press.[7] 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 Meena based on the book Half the Sky.[8]

A trained Hindustani classical vocalist, she sang in the moviesRoad, Page 3,[9] among others. She sang at the Royal Opera House in London with British composer Jocelyn Pook.[citation needed]

Chatterjee was a member of the jury at the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[10] She appeared in a T series film I Love New Year opposite Sunny Deol directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru.[11][12]

Tannishtha's Canadian film Siddharth was 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.[13] Her other notable projects are Parched directed by Leena Yadav which opened in Toronto, Australian romantic comedy Unindian with Brett Lee[14] Island City which won the best debut director( Ruchika Oberoi) in Venice and Garth Davies's film LION co-starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.[15] Her film Angry Indian Goddesses received acclaim in Toronto and Rome international film festivals. In March 2016 Tannishtha was given a special award in a ceremony held at the BAFTA for her contribution to Asian Cinema.[16] She won the best actress for the film Parched along with three other actresses in Festival 2 Valenciennes and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2016.[17] She was the president of the jury of the prestigious MOOOV film festival in Belgium in 2016.[18] She won the best actress at the Pune International Film Festival 2017 for her role in Dr. Rakhmabai.[19]


Year Film Role
2019 RaniRaniRani Rani
2018 Beyond the Clouds Chotu's mom
2016 Doctor Rakhmabai Doctor Rakhmabai
Unindian Meera
Lion Noor
2015 Gour Hari Dastaan Anita
Angry Indian Goddesses Nargis Nasreen
Parched Rani
Rough Book[20] Santoshi
Feast of Varanasi Inspector Rajveer Saxena
I Love New Year Riya
2014 Chauranga Dhaniya
Sunrise Leela
2013 Bhopal: Prayer for Rain Leela
Siddharth Suman Saini
Monsoon Shootout Rani
Gulaab Gang Kajri
Dekh Indian Circus Kajaro
2012 Anna Karenina Masha
Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid Shabri
2012 Jal Kajri
2010 Road, Movie Gypsy woman
2009 Bombay Summer Geetha
Barah Aana Rani
2008 White Elephant Sita
2007 Brick Lane Nazneen Ahmed
2006 Strings-Bound By Faith
Bibar Nita
2005 Divorce Kamla
Shadows of Time Masha
2004 Hava Aney Dey Mona
Bas Yunhi Swaaraj
2003 Swaraj


Year Function Award Nomination Film Won
2006 Osian film festival Best Actress Bibar Yes
2007 British Independent Film Awards 2007 Brick Lane No
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Most Promising Actress Bibar Yes
2009 Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Best Actress Bombay Summer Yes
2010 Stardust Award Road, Movie No
2012 NYIFF Indo-American Arts Council Dekh Indian Circus Yes
National Film Award (Special Mention) National Film Award Yes
2016 London Asian Film Festival Contribution to Asian Cinema Yes
Festival2valenciennes Best Actress Parched Yes
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Yes
2017 Pune International Film festival Best Actress Dr. Rakhmabai Yes


  1. ^ Tannishtha Chatterjee. imdb.com
  2. ^ Nomination at BIfA. Zimbio.com (2007-11-28). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  3. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee Rises To The Challenge In "Brick Lane"". India Journal. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Career at NSD. Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  5. ^ Berlin International Film Festival. Berlinale.de (2005-02-11). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  6. ^ Expected to be acting with Sheen. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2008-07-14). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  7. ^ An interview with Tannishtha Chatterjee, main actress of BRICK LANE. cinemawithoutborders.com (2008-06-13.html)
  8. ^ "IFFI 2009: INTERVIEW – Tannishtha Chatterjee". Reuters. 30 November 2009.
  9. ^ Tannishtha Chatterjee. indiafm.com
  10. ^ "Promoting Films And Filmmakers Of The Asia-Pacific To A Global Audience". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  11. ^ "A class act". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 15 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee to work with Sunny Deol". The Times Of India. 15 May 2011.
  13. ^ Festival Queen: Tannishtha Chatterjee on a roll : Glossary – India Today. Indiatoday.intoday.in (2013-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  14. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee, Bret Lee to get intimate in UnIndian".
  15. ^ "Tannishtha, Nawazuddin, Deepti Naval in Hollywood film". Business-standard.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee 'hugely thrilled' with award in London". The Indian Express. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Festival2valenciennes". Festival2valenciennes.com. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee bags Best Actress Award at PIFF". Times of India. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Ananth Mahadevan's Rough Book brings Indian education into sharp focus". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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