Tisca Chopra

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Tisca Chopra
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Tisca Chopra at IFFLA09
Born Tisca Arora
(1973-11-01) 1 November 1973 (age 42)
Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater Hindu College, University of Delhi
Occupation Actress
Religion Buddhism (Mahayana, Nichiren Buddhism, Soka Gakkai International)[1][2]
Spouse(s) Capt. Sanjay Chopra

Tisca Chopra (born Tisca Zareen Arora; 1 November 1973) is an Indian film and stage actress known for her works in Hindi cinema, and Television. She made her film debut with Platform (1993), opposite Ajay Devgan.[3] She was also starred in well-reviewed play Dinner With Friends where she played the character of Dia.[4] In 2004 she played the role of Prabhavati Devi in Prakash Jha's Loknayak.[5][6][7][8] In 2007, she appeared in Taare Zameen Par with Aamir Khan where her performance was well received. She acted in Nandita Das's directorial debut, Firaaq (2008).[9][10] In 2011, she appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. Chopra has been on the Jury of the MAMI film festival.[11]

For 10ml Love, which is based on Shakespearean play Mid Summer Night's Dream,Tisca was nominated for Best Actress at the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival.[12][13] Her film Ankur Arora Murder Case written and produced by Vikram Bhatt released in May 2013.[14][15] Her other notable films are Anup Singh's Qissa with Irrfan Khan released in 2013[16][17] 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. In 2016, she is appearing in Ram Gopal Varma's bilingual Mogali Puvvu.[18]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[19] While at college, she started writing for several publications and acting in plays for an amateur theater group and college festivals. After finishing her education, she moved to Mumbai and trained in acting with notable theater artists Feroz Abbas Khan and Naseeruddin Shah.[20]

Non Film Career[edit]

Tisca Chopra at an event in 2011


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,[21][22][23] 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.


Tisca Chopra at Anita Dongre's Timeless Show

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.[24] 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,[25] 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.[26] Her intense performance was much lauded and made her a household name. The series won Best Ensemble Cast.


Tisca has appeared in advertisements like Tanishq,[27] Titan Eyewear, Dish TV,[28][29] Kelloggs-All Bran[30][31] and Horlicks-Gold.[32] and many big brands like Olay, Marks & Spencers

Corporate shows[edit]

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,[33] Nabard Awards 2012,[34] Times Now Foodie Awards 2013,[35] Navy Ball 2012 and others.

Personal life[edit]

Tisca Chopra is the grand-niece of prominent Indian writer Khushwant Singh.[36] She is married to Capt. Sanjay Chopra who is a pilot with Air India.[37] She works with several NGOs, supporting education and women's rights.[38][39]


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.[40][41] Tisca started her blog on the Times of India, indiatimes, in 2011.[42]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Platform Tina credited as Priya Arora
1993 15th August
1993 I Love India Priya Tamil film
1994 Bali Umar ko Salaam Nikita "Nikki"
1995 Taqdeerwala Lata
1995 Gunehgar Priya
1998 Dand Nayak
2000 Karobaar: The Business of Love Neelam Mehta
2004 Hyderabad Blues 2 Menaka
2004 Sau Jhooth Ek Sach Anjali
2004 Loknayak Prabhavati Devi
2007 Cape Karma Kamini
2007 Taare Zameen Par Maya Awasthi
2008 Mayabazar Neena Malayalam film
2009 Firaaq Anuradha Desai
2010 Mirch Seema
2011 Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji Anushka Narang
2011 404 Dr Mira
2011 Love Breakups Zindagi Sheila
2011 Khushiyaan Julie Verma
2012 OMG: Oh My God! Guest Appearance
2012 10 ml Love Roshini
2013 Ankur Arora Murder Case Nandita Arora
2013 Qissa [43][44]
2015 Rahasya Aarti Mahajan Hindi film
2015 Nirnnayakam Sreeprada Malayalam film
2015 ABCD 2 Swati Hindi film
2014 Highway Marathi film
2015 Mogali Puvvu / Secret Telugu
2015 Main Aur Charles Hindi film
2016 Ghayal Once Again Sangeeta Hindi film
2016 Loveshhuda Garima Hindi film
2015 Bruce Lee Malini Telugu Film
2016 Dear Dad Hindi and Tamil remake of Kaksparsh[18]
2016 Sardar Gabbar Singh Geeta Devi Telugu film

Television appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ Rituparnaa. "A sketch of Sokka Gakkai ~ spreading Kosen-rufu". Dazeinfo. 
  2. ^ Bollywood actors Shweta Kawatra, Tisca Chopra, Manav Gohil, and many others
  3. ^ Michael, Saneesh (24 March 2009). "Tisca Chopra : The Dazzling Lady of Bollywood". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  4. ^ Purvaja Sawant, TNN (2012-06-22). "Theatre Review: Dinner With Friends - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Uncensored 'Loknayak' to be screened soon". The Times of India. 
  6. ^ "Jayaprakash Narayan deserved better". 
  7. ^ "Tisca Chopra on Taare Zameen Par". Rediff. 14 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "The Tribune - Magazine section - Windows- This Above All". 
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ [http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=110945 Tisca Chopra of Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and Astitva Ek Prem Kahani Indian Express, 20 December 2004.
  11. ^ "Lead roles in 'masala' movies not my cup of tea: Tisca". Indian Express. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  12. ^ "New York Indian Film Festival 2011". Iaac.us. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  13. ^ "Tisca Chopra on a high - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  14. ^ "'Ankur Arora Murder Case' review: The film hits the conscience". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  15. ^ Gaurav Malani, TNN. "Ankur Arora Murder Case: Movie Review - Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  16. ^ Shackleton, Liz (2011-11-25). "Khan, Chopra to head cast of Singh’s Qissa | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  17. ^ "Irrfan, Tillotama win best actors for Qissa in Australia". 
  18. ^ a b "Tisca Chopra begins Shoot of Hindi Remake of Kaksparsh". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Meet prankster Tisca Chopra The Times of India, TNN 14 February 2009.
  20. ^ 'I enjoyed working with Aamir', Rediff.com, 8 June 2007.
  21. ^ "Theatre | Reviews | Dinner with Friends | Feroz Abbas Khan". Time Out Mumbai. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  22. ^ "Dinner With Friends play review , English play review". www.MumbaiTheatreGuide.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  23. ^ Sravasti Datta (2011-08-24). "Supper theatre". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  24. ^ want to play a terrorist: Tisca Chopra Sify.com, 15 October 2008.
  25. ^ YouTube. 
  26. ^ "Anil Kapoor's '24' will develop new set of TV audience: Tisca Chopra". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  27. ^ "Tanishq Solitaires". YouTube. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  28. ^ "Dish TV Extra Khushi Commercial". YouTube. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  29. ^ "SRK Tisca, Adoption TVC - DishTV". YouTube. 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  30. ^ "Tisca Chopra - Kellogg's All Bran 2012". YouTube. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  31. ^ "Kelloggs Alll bran 30s Hindi.mov". YouTube. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  32. ^ "Tisca Chopra in Horlicks Gold Commercial". YouTube. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  33. ^ "Host @ IIJW 2012". YouTube. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  34. ^ "NABARD Rural Innovations Award 2012". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  35. ^ "Foodie Awards 2013 - 1-The Foodie-Weekend Shows -TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos". Timesnow.Tv. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  36. ^ "Grandniece Tisca Chopra remembers granduncle Khushwant Singh". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  37. ^ "Tisca Chopra: I would like the slot of being unslottable". Bollywoodtrade.com. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  38. ^ "Glamour doesn’t matter for Tisca". Times of India. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  39. ^ "Tisca Chopra’s tete-a-tete with Sheila Dixit". Thaindian News. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  40. ^ "Log In - The New York Times". 
  41. ^ "Tisca Chopra's 'Acting Smart' is a guidebook for aspiring actors". IBNLive. 
  42. ^ "Tisca Chopra's Blog : tiscachopra - Times Of India Blog". Blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  43. ^ "Irrfan Khan signs Indo-European film Qissa | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". BollywoodHungama.com. 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  44. ^ "Rasika Dugal's next project an Indo-European film, Qissa : EYECATCHERS - India Today". 
  45. ^ Winners of Max Stardust Awards 2008. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  46. ^ "Winners of the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2015". bollywoodhungama. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  47. ^ Nominees - 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  48. ^ Nominees for 14th Annual Screen Awards. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  49. ^ Nominations for the V. Shantaram Awards 2008. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  50. ^ Nominations for the Zee Cine Awards 2008. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  51. ^ "Tisca Chopra on a high". The Times of India. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 

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