Tannishtha Chatterjee

Tannishtha Chatterjee (Devanāgarī: तनिष्ठा चटर्जी, Bengali: তন্নিষ্ঠা চ্যাটার্জী) 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. She was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards 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, Road, Movie with Abhay Deol and Bibar for which she won Best Actress at the 2006 Osian Film Festival and the 2007 BFJA awards. Chatterjee was 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.


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