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. 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.[1] She was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards[2] as the best actress for Brick Lane. Her other notable roles have been in Academy Award-winning German director Florian Gallenberger's film Shadows of Time,[3] Road, Movie with Abhay Deol, Dekh Indian Circus, for which she won the National Film award and Marathi film Doctor Rakhmabai amongst many others.

Early life[edit]

Chatterjee was born in Pune, Maharashtra 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 and then moved to Delhi.[4] She studied at Bluebells School International.She majored in Chemistry at Delhi University and then went to the National School of Drama.[5] Thereafter she worked in India and Europe with well-known theatre directors.


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.[6] 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 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 played a major role in Bhopal: Prayer for Rain in which she starred with Martin Sheen.[7] She was the lead in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol. Chatterjee is often referred by the Indian media as the Princess of Parallel Cinema.[8] 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.[9]

A trained Hindustani classical vocalist, she sang for movies like Road, Page 3,[10] and her own films. She sang at the Royal Opera House in London with well-known British composer Jocelyn Pook.

Chatterjee was in the jury of the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[11] She appeared in a T series film I Love New Year opposite Sunny Deol directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru.[12][13] 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 featured in a major role in Gulab Gang , a film starring Madhuri Dixit. Her film Monsoon Shootout was in official selection at the 66th Cannes film festival.[14] Her 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.[15] Her other notable projects are "Parched" directed by Leena Yadav which opened in Toronto, Australian romantic comedy "Unindian" with Brett Lee[16] "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.[17] Her film Angry Indian Goddesses received huge acclaim in Toronto and Rome international film festivals. In March 2016 Tannishtha was given a special award in a ceremony held at the BAFTA sponsored by MasterCard and London Asian Film festival( Tongues On Fire) for her contribution to Asian Cinema.[18] She won the best actress for the film Parched along with 3 other actresses in Festival2valenciennes and Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2016.[19] She was the president of the jury of the prestigious MOOOV film festival in Belgium in 2016.[20] She won the best actress at the Pune International Film Festival 2017 for her role in Dr. Rakhmabai.[21]


Year Film Role
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[22] 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. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee Rises To The Challenge In "Brick Lane"". India Journal. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2009-01-31.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Career at NSD. Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  6. ^ Berlin International Film Festival. Berlinale.de (2005-02-11). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  7. ^ Expected to be acting with Sheen. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2008-07-14). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  8. ^ An interview with Tannishtha Chatterjee, main actress of BRICK LANE. cinemawithoutborders.com (2008-06-13.html)
  9. ^ "IFFI 2009: INTERVIEW – Tannishtha Chatterjee". Reuters. 2009-11-30.
  10. ^ Tannishtha Chatterjee. indiafm.com
  11. ^ "Promoting Films And Filmmakers Of The Asia-Pacific To A Global Audience". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  12. ^ "A class act". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 2011-05-15.
  13. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee to work with Sunny Deol". The Times Of India. 2011-05-15.
  14. ^ "JPG image". Google.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  15. ^ Festival Queen: Tannishtha Chatterjee on a roll : Glossary – India Today. Indiatoday.intoday.in (2013-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  16. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee, Bret Lee to get intimate in UnIndian".
  17. ^ "Tannishtha, Nawazuddin, Deepti Naval in Hollywood film". Business-standard.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee 'hugely thrilled' with award in London". The Indian Express. 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  19. ^ "Festival2valenciennes". Festival2valenciennes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  20. ^ [2][dead link]
  21. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee bags Best Actress Award at PIFF". Times of India. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Ananth Mahadevan's Rough Book brings Indian education into sharp focus". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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