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Tannishtha Chatterjee

Tannishtha Chatterjee
Chatterjee at the premiere of The Forest, 11 May 2012
Born Pune, Maharashtra, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Film actress
Years active 2003–present
Tannishtha Chatterjee is an Indian 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 notables roles have been in Academy Award-winning German director Florian Gallenberger's film, Shadows of Time,[3] Road, Movie with Abhay Deol and Bibar for which she won Best Actress at the 2006 Osian Film Festival [4] and the 2007 BFJA awards.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Chatterjee was born in Pune, Maharashtra, 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.[5] She majored in Chemistry at Delhi University and then went to the National School of Drama.[6] Thereafter she worked in India and Europe with well-known theatre directors.


Chatterjee's first film Swaraj won a National Film Award.[7] 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.[8] 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 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 has finished filming Ravi Kumar's upcoming film, Bhopal: Prayer for Rain in which she is starring with Martin Sheen.[9] She was the lead in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol. Chatterjee is often referred by the Indian media as the Princess of Parallel Cinema.[10] 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.[11]

A trained Hindustani classical vocalist, she sang for movies like Road, Page 3,[12] 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.[13] Currently she finished shooting for T series film I Love New Year opposite Sunny Deol directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru.[14][15] 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 featuring in a major role in Gulab Gang , a film starring Madhuri Dixit. Her film Monsoon Shootout is in official selection at the 66th Cannes film festival.[16] Her Canadian film Siddharth is 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.[17]


Year Film
2014 Feast of Varanasi
2014 Chauranga
2014 Sunrise
2013 Bhopal: Prayer for Rain
2013 Siddharth
2013 Monsoon Shootout
2013 Gulaab Gang
2013 Dekh Indian Circus
2013 I Love New Year
2012 Anna Karenina
2012 Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid
2012 Jal
2010 Road, Movie
2009 Bombay Summer
2009 Barah Aana
2008 White Elephant
2007 Brick Lane
2006 Strings
2006 Bibar
2005 Divorce
2005 Shadows of Time
2004 Hava Aney Dey
2004 Bas Yunhi
2003 Swaraj


Year Function Award Film Won
2006 Osian film festival Best Actress Bibar Yes
2007 British Independent Film Awards 2007 Best Actress Brick Lane No
2007 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Most Promising Actress Bibar Yes
2009 Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Best actress Bombay Summer Yes
2010 Stardust Award best actress Road, Movie No
2012 NYIFF Indo-American Arts Council best Actress Dekh Indian Circus Yes
2012 National Film Award (Special Mention) National Film Award Dekh Indian Circus Yes


  1. ^ Tannishtha Chatterjee.
  2. ^ Nomination at BIfA. (2007-11-28). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  3. ^ Shadows of Time
  4. ^ Award for Bibar. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  5. ^ """Tannishtha Chatterjee Rises To The Challenge In "Brick Lane. India Journal. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  6. ^ Career at NSD. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  7. ^ National Award for Swaraj. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  8. ^ Berlin Film Festival. (2005-02-11). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  9. ^ Expected to be acting with Sheen. (2008-07-14). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  10. ^ An interview with Tannishtha Chatterjee, main actress of BRICK LANE. (2008-06-13.html)
  11. ^ "IFFI 2009: INTERVIEW – Tannishtha Chatterjee". Reuters. 2009-11-30. 
  12. ^ Tannishtha Chatterjee.
  13. ^ "Promoting Films And Filmmakers Of The Asia-Pacific To A Global Audience". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  14. ^ "A class act". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 2011-05-15. 
  15. ^ "Tannishtha Chatterjee to work with Sunny Deol". The Times Of India. 2011-05-15. 
  16. ^ JPG image
  17. ^ Festival Queen: Tannishtha Chatterjee on a roll : Glossary – India Today. (2013-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.

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