Tillotama Shome

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Tillotama Shome
Born Kolkata, India
Other names Tilotama Shome
Occupation Actress

Tillotama Shome (sometimes credited as Tilotama Shome) is an award-winning Indian film actress.


Born in Kolkata, India, Shome grew up all over India since her father was with the Indian Air Force. She went to Delhi's Lady Shri Ram College and became a part of Arvind Gaur's Asmita theatre group.[1] She moved to New York in the Autumn of 2004 for a master's programme in educational theatre at New York University, where she remained until visiting Mumbai on holiday in February 2008. Thereafter, she took up residence in Mumbai and, after completing some outstanding projects in New York, she returned to India in May 2008.[2] In New York, she also taught theatre to third degree murder convicts at a high security US prison.[3][4]

She played Alice in Mira Nair's feature film, Monsoon Wedding, and played Deepa in Shadows of Time (Schatten der Zeit), directed by Florian Gallenberger. She played a nun in the Australian film, The Waiting City by Claire McCarthy.[3] Italo Spinelli's Gangor, based on Mahashweta Devi's novel had her playing a social worker.[5] She also worked in Qaushiq Mukherjee's Tasher Desh.[6] She played Mrs. Ahmadi in the Hindi political thriller film Shanghai directed by Dibakar Banerjee. About her performance in Shanghai Rediff wrote "Shome created one of this year's most heartbreaking performances in a Hindi film".[7]

Her other roles have included Lara in Little Box of Sweets (directed by Meneka Das),[8] Jaya in Long After (short film, directed by Afia Nathaniel) and Miraal in Butterfly (directed by Tanuj Chopra).

Her performance as a girl who is raised as a boy in Qissa won her the best actress title in the New Horizons Competition of the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). She shared the title with Norwegian actress Julia Wildschutt.[9] She would be next seen in the film Children of War, which based upon Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.[10]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2001 Monsoon Wedding Alice English
2003 Butterfly Miraal English (short)
2004 Shadows of Time Deepa Bengali
2006 Long After Jaya English (short)
2006 Little Box of Sweets Lara English
2009 Zamir and Preeti: A Love Story Preeti English (short)
2009 Clap Clap Leena English (short)
2009 Boond Jeevni Hindi (short)
2009 The Waiting City Sister Tessila English
2010 Futurestates Syama English (TV series)
Episode: Pia
2010 Gangor Medha English, Bengali
2011 Turning 30 Malini Roy Hindi
2012 Shanghai Aruna Ahmedi Hindi
2012 Tasher Desh Queen Bengali
2013 Sahasi Chori Radha Nepali (short)
2013 Aatma Hindi
2013 Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost Kanwar Punjabi
2014 Sold Bimla English
2014 Children of War[10] Bhitika Hindi
2015 The Letters Kavitha Singh English
2016 A Death In The Gunj English
2016 Budhia Singh – Born to Run Sukanti Hindi
2017 Union Leader Geeta Hindi
2017 Hindi Medium (film) Education Consultant Hindi


  1. ^ "Alice in thunderland | Culture". Times Crest. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Masala is in Mumbai, Mumbai Mirror, 18 May 2008
  3. ^ a b "I just want to act: Tillotama Shome – Entertainment – DNA". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Not Just the 'Monsoon Wedding' Girl – Grazia India". Grazia.co.in. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alice of Monsoon Wedding is back". Indian Express. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Priyanka Dasgupta (25 November 2011). "I did sword fighting in Tasher Desh: Tillotama Shome – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ten Most Memorable Movie Moments of 2012 – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Little Box of Sweets, Guardian Online, 15 August 2008
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ a b "Actress Tillotama Shome to feature next in Children of War". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 

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