Tannishtha Chatterjee is an internationally acclaimed Indian actress. She is most famous, primarily in the English film industry, for her acting in the British movie ‘Brick Lane’ which released in the year 2007. The film was an adaptation of a best-selling novel by Monica Ali, also titled ‘Brick Lane.’Tannishtha was nominated for the best actress award for her role in Brick Lane by the British Independent Film Awards.
Tannishtha Chatterjee’s other well-known performances include films such as ‘Shadows of Time’ directed by Academy Award-winning German filmmaker Florian Gallenberger; Bollywood film “Road, Movie” alongside Abhay Deol; and Bibar for which she got the Best Actress award at the BFJA awards of 2007,and the Osian Film Festival of 2006.
Tannishtha Chatterjee was born in a Bengali family, in Pune city, Maharashtra. Her mother is a professor of political science while her father is a business executive. She traveled around the world with her family for some years before eventually settling down in Delhi. She graduated with honors in Chemistry from Delhi University and later completed her course at the National School of Drama. After her education, Tannishtha started working with famous theatre directors in India as well as in Europe.
Tannishtha Chatterjee: Movies, Career and Awards
The first film of Tannishtha Chatterjee was ‘Swaraj’ for which she got a National Film Award. Her performance in Shadows of Time, a German movie, garnered her much critical praise. It allowed her to showcase her talents at varied international film festivals like Berlin and Toronto.
Later, Chatterjee acted in ‘Hava Aney Dey’ or ‘Let the wind blow,’ an Indo-French co-production helmed by director Partho Sen-Gupta. The movie was first shown at the Berlin Film Festival. It also won the award for Best Film at the Durban International Film Festival.
Many other movies such as Kasturi,Strings, and Bibar were soon added to the kitty of Tannishtha Chatterjee. Bibar was a Bengali movie which garnered a lot of critical acclaim for her and many best actress nominations and awards. However, her performance in Sarah Gavron directed British movie ‘Brick Lane’ is what gave her widespread international recognition and exposure. For the film, Tannishtha was nominated for the best actress award along with celebrated artists like Anne Hathaway and Judi Dench at the British independent film awards.
In 2012, Tannishtha Chatterjee played a role in the movie Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright. She also appeared in the movie ‘Dekh Indian Circus’ which among other awards, won the National Film Award and the ‘audience choice award’ at the Busan International Film Festival.
The filming of ‘Bhopal: Prayer for Rain,’ featuring Tannishtha Chatterjee and directed by Ravi Kumar has also been completed. Tannishtha will be seen sharing screen space with Martin Sheen in the film. The movie tells the tale of a young rickshaw puller working a menial job at a chemical industrial plant in the midst of the Union Carbide disaster of 1984 in Bhopal.
At the Miaac New York Film Festival, Tannishtha Chatterjee won the best actress award for her 2009 movie ‘Bombay Summer.’ She is also supposed to play the lead role in a film by Lucy Liu. It is based on the well-known novel ‘Half the Sky.’
Bollywood and Tannishtha Chatterjee
Tannishtha has also featured in Bollywood movies. She was the main female lead opposite Abhay Deol in the movie ‘Road, Movie.’ She also had a substantive part in the recently released movie ‘Gulab Gang,’ alongside main leads Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla. Chatterjee has finished shooting for the Bollywood flick ‘I Love New Year’ which features Sunny Deol and Kangana Ranaut as the main leads.
Trivia about Tannishtha Chatterjee
Tannishtha Chatterjee was a part of the jury in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards of 2010.
Her Canadian movie ‘Siddharth’ was in the official running for awards at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and the 70thVenice Film Festival. Another of her movies of 2013 titled ‘Monsoon Shootout’ was in official reckoning for selection and awards at the 66thCannes Film Festival. Tannishtha Chatterjee thus has the envious tag of being the only Indian film actress to have her movies selected in 3 main international film festivals in one single year.
The Indian media often fondly refers to Chatterjee as the ‘Princess of Parallel Cinema.’ The Indian media even spoke of her as the main flag bearer of Indian Film Industry at the 62ndCannes Film Festival. She is regarded by many as the most international of all Indian actors.
Tannishtha Chatterjee is also a trained vocalist in Hindustani classical music. She has sung in some of her own movies as well as for films like “Page 3” and “Road, Movie.” She even sang with renowned British composer Jocelyn Pook at the Royal Opera House in London.
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