Chatterjee at the premiere of The Forest on 11 May 2012
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Alma mater||National School of Drama|
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 for which she was nominated best actress at the British Independent Film Awards. 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.
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. She studied at Bluebells School International. She majored in Chemistry at Delhi University before entering the National School of Drama.
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. 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. She was the lead in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol and as earned the moniker Princess of Parallel Cinema in the Indian press. 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.
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. Her other notable projects are Parched directed by Leena Yadav which opened in Toronto, Australian romantic comedy Unindian with Brett Lee 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. 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. 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. She was the president of the jury of the prestigious MOOOV film festival in Belgium in 2016. She won the best actress at the Pune International Film Festival 2017 for her role in Dr. Rakhmabai.
|2018||Beyond the Clouds||Chotu's mom|
|2016||Doctor Rakhmabai||Doctor Rakhmabai|
|2015||Gour Hari Dastaan||Anita|
|Angry Indian Goddesses||Nargis Nasreen|
|Feast of Varanasi||Inspector Rajveer Saxena|
|I Love New Year||Riya|
|2013||Bhopal: Prayer for Rain||Leela|
|Dekh Indian Circus||Kajaro|
|Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid||Shabri|
|2010||Road, Movie||Gypsy woman|
|2007||Brick Lane||Nazneen Ahmed|
|2006||Strings-Bound By Faith|
|Shadows of Time||Masha|
|2004||Hava Aney Dey||Mona|
|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|
|Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles||Yes|
|2017||Pune International Film festival||Best Actress||Dr. Rakhmabai||Yes|
- Tannishtha Chatterjee. imdb.com
- Nomination at BIfA. Zimbio.com (2007-11-28). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- "Tannishtha Chatterjee Rises To The Challenge In "Brick Lane"". India Journal. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
- Career at NSD. Specials.rediff.com. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- Berlin International 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. 30 November 2009.
- Tannishtha Chatterjee. indiafm.com
- "Promoting Films And Filmmakers Of The Asia-Pacific To A Global Audience". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "A class act". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 15 May 2011.
- "Tannishtha Chatterjee to work with Sunny Deol". The Times Of India. 15 May 2011.
- Festival Queen: Tannishtha Chatterjee on a roll : Glossary – India Today. Indiatoday.intoday.in (2013-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- "Tannishtha Chatterjee, Bret Lee to get intimate in UnIndian".
- "Tannishtha, Nawazuddin, Deepti Naval in Hollywood film". Business-standard.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
- "Tannishtha Chatterjee 'hugely thrilled' with award in London". The Indian Express. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- "Festival2valenciennes". Festival2valenciennes.com. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
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- "Tannishtha Chatterjee bags Best Actress Award at PIFF". Times of India. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
- "Ananth Mahadevan's Rough Book brings Indian education into sharp focus". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
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