Tisca Chopra at IFFLA09
1 November 1973
Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Alma mater||Hindu College, University of Delhi|
|Religion||Buddhism (Mahayana, Nichiren Buddhism, Soka Gakkai International)|
|Spouse(s)||Capt. Sanjay Chopra|
Tisca Chopra (born Tisca Zareen Arora; 1 November 1973) is an Indian actress who starred in the well-reviewed play Dinner With Friends, where she played the character of Dia, a failed artist with a broken marriage.
Early life and education
Tisca Chopra was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh into a Punjabi family of educationists. She graduated from Apeejay School, Noida, where her father was principal. Later she studied English literature at Hindu College, University of Delhi. She also started working actively with amateur theater. While at college, she started writing for several publications and acting in plays for an amateur theater group and college festivals.
Her other notable films are Anup Singh's Qissa with Irrfan Khan released in 2013 has travelled to over 20 festivals, winning over almost all top awards and much appreciation from audiences and critics and Rahasya by UVI Film Production Pvt. Ltd. She has worked in the Marathi film Highway with Umesh Kulkarni that also stars Huma Qureshi and Girish Kulkarni and Hindi and Tamil remakes of Marathi Film Kaksparsh directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.
She's been on the Jury of the prestigious MAMI film festival.
She acted in plays in Mumbai and soon her work was seen Feroz Abbas Khan's Mahatma vs Gandhi, All The Best and Satya Dev Dubey's Inshah Allah. She starred in Dinner With Friends, a Pulitzer Award winning play. The play and Tisca garnered a lot of praise from both, critics and audiences and has traveled to many cities across the world.
Her performance in television short films like Ek Shaam Ki Mulaquat (Star Bestsellers) and Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya? led to leading parts in a popular show, Balaji Telefilms' Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, followed by Love Marriage (Zee TV), Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani (Zee TV) and Sarrkkar: Risshton Ki Ankahi Kahani (Zee TV). She hosted a consumer grievances show on (Star News) called Main Hoon Na. Tisca hosted Prayschit - Gunahon Ke Zakhm on Sony Entertainment Television (India) where she got a chance to reveal the transformation that criminals go though after or during their prison sentence; the show has generated high TRP ratings.
She recently starred in 24, a remake of the popular American series of the same name, produced by Anil Kapoor Films, directed by Abhinay Deo and written by Rensil D’Silva, which was premiered on Colors. Her intense performance was much lauded and made her a household name. The series won Best Ensemble Cast.
Chopra has hosted corporate events such as the VFX Awards, WOW Awards, Mahindra Rise 2012, Times Now Awards 2012, Times Now Foodie Awards and others. She hosted the IIJW 2012, Nabard Awards 2012, Times Now Foodie Awards 2013, Navy Ball 2012 and others.
Tisca Chopra is the grand-niece of prominent Indian writer Khushwant Singh. She is married to Capt. Sanjay Chopra who is a pilot with Air India. She works with several NGOs, supporting education and women's rights. Tisca Chopra's vibrant personality and her burning passion to excel is evident in the choices she has made in her life and work. She is known for her unconventional roles and has chosen to be part of stories that she feels need to be told. She has acted in over 40 feature films in different languages with many eminent directors like Aamir Khan, Prakash Jha, Madhur Bhandarkar, Abhinay Deo, Nandita Das and others. A practicing Buddhist, she consistently works on issues especially those of women, the girl child and the environment. She has worked with Sam Pitroda on the National Knowledge Commission, to help with revamping the education system and rote learning.
She is currently working on developing a script that she plans to produce with her pilot-author husband, Sanjay Chopra, and her book on making it in films Acting Smart was published by (HarperCollins) in February 2014.
Tisca started her blog on the Times of India, indiatimes, in 2011.
|1993||Platform||Tina||credited as Priya Arora|
|1993||I Love India||Priya||Tamil film|
|1994||Bali Umar ko Salaam||Nikita "Nikki"|
|2000||Karobaar: The Business of Love||Neelam Mehta|
|2004||Hyderabad Blues 2||Menaka|
|2004||Sau Jhooth Ek Sach||Anjali|
|2007||Taare Zameen Par||Maya Awasthi|
|2011||Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji||Anushka Narang|
|2011||Love Breakups Zindagi||Sheila|
|2012||OMG: Oh My God!||Guest Appearance|
|2012||10 ml Love||Roshini|
|2013||Ankur Arora Murder Case||Nandita Arora|
|2014||Kaksparsh||Hindi and Tamil remake of Kaksparsh|
|2015||Rahasya||Aarti Mahajan||Hindi film|
|2015||ABCD 2||Swati||Hindi film|
|2015||Mogali Puvvu / Secret||Telugu
|2015||Main Aur Charles||Hindi film|
|2015||Ghayal Once Again||Hindi film|
|2015||Bruce Lee||Malini||Telugu Film|
- Ek Sham Ki Mulaqat (Star Bestsellers), Sarla
- Hum Saath Saath Hai Kya?
- Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Mallika Doshi
- Love Marriage, Kiran
- Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani, Riya Sen
- Sarrkkar: Rishton Ki Kahaani, Urvashi
- Main Hoon Naa
- Prayashchit Gunahon Ke Zakhm
- 24, Trisha
Awards and nominations
- Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award - Taare Zameen Par
- Stardust Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Female) - Firaaq
- Star Screen Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Female) - Taare Zameen Par
- V. Shantaram Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Taare Zameen Par
- Zee Cine Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Female) - Taare Zameen Par
- Indian Film Festival of New York Best Actress - 10ml Love
- Bollywood actors Shweta Kawatra, Tisca Chopra, Manav Gohil, and many others
- Purvaja Sawant, TNN Jun 22, 2012, 12.00AM IST (2012-06-22). "Theatre Review: Dinner With Friends - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- Meet prankster Tisca Chopra The Times of India, TNN 14 February 2009.
- 'I enjoyed working with Aamir', Rediff.com, 8 June 2007.
- Michael, Saneesh (24 March 2009). "Tisca Chopra : The Dazzling Lady of Bollywood". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- Uncensored 'Loknayak' to be screened soon
- Jayaprakash Narayan deserved better
- On a roll: Post Taare Zameen Par, expectations have only risen for Tisca Chopra who now plays a key role in Firaaq Indian Express, 20 March 2009.
- Tisca Chopra of Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and Astitva Ek Prem Kahani: Pro-file Indian Express, 20 December 2004.
- "Lead roles in 'masala' movies not my cup of tea: Tisca". Indian Express. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "New York Indian Film Festival 2011". Iaac.us. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- May 21, 2011, 12.00am IST. "Tisca Chopra on a high - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "'Ankur Arora Murder Case' review: The film hits the conscience". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- Gaurav Malani, TNN Jun 14, 2013, 05.07PM IST. "Ankur Arora Murder Case: Movie Review - Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- Shackleton, Liz (2011-11-25). "Khan, Chopra to head cast of Singh’s Qissa | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Tisca Chopra begins Shoot of Hindi Remake of Kaksparsh". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Theatre | Reviews | Dinner with Friends | Feroz Abbas Khan". Time Out Mumbai. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Dinner With Friends play review , English play review". www.MumbaiTheatreGuide.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- Sravasti Datta (2011-08-24). "Supper theatre". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- want to play a terrorist: Tisca Chopra Sify.com, 15 October 2008.
- "Anil Kapoor's '24' will develop new set of TV audience: Tisca Chopra". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Tanishq Solitaires". YouTube. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Dish TV Extra Khushi Commercial". YouTube. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "SRK Tisca, Adoption TVC - DishTV". YouTube. 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Tisca Chopra - Kellogg's All Bran 2012". YouTube. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Kelloggs Alll bran 30s Hindi.mov". YouTube. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Tisca Chopra in Horlicks Gold Commercial". YouTube. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Host @ IIJW 2012". YouTube. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "NABARD Rural Innovations Award 2012". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Foodie Awards 2013 - 1-The Foodie-Weekend Shows -TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos". Timesnow.Tv. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Grandniece Tisca Chopra remembers granduncle Khushwant Singh". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Tisca Chopra: I would like the slot of being unslottable". Bollywoodtrade.com. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Glamour doesn’t matter for Tisca". Times of India. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Tisca Chopra’s tete-a-tete with Sheila Dixit". Thaindian News. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Tisca Chopra's Blog : tiscachopra - Times Of India Blog". Blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- "Irrfan Khan signs Indo-European film Qissa | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". BollywoodHungama.com. 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- Winners of Max Stardust Awards 2008. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- Nominees - 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- Nominees for 14th Annual Screen Awards. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- Nominations for the V. Shantaram Awards 2008. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- Nominations for the Zee Cine Awards 2008. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Tisca Chopra on a high". The Times of India. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
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