Tannishtha Chatterjee Biography
Tannishtha Chatterjee is an Indian actress, born in Pune, Maharashtra, to a Bengali Hindu family. Her father was a business executive and mother was a political science professor. Her family traveled and lived out of the country for sometime and then moved to Delhi.
She majored in Chemistry at Delhi University and then went to the National School of Drama. Thereafter she worked in India and Europe with well-known theatre directors.
Chatterjee's first film Swaraj won a National Film Award. 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.
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. She was the lead in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol. Chatterjee is often referred by the Indian media as the Princess of Parallel Cinema.
She 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.
A trained Hindustani classical vocalist, she sang for movies like Road, Page 3, 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. Currently she finished shooting for T series film I Love New Year opposite Sunny Deol directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. 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.