Mita Vashisht (born 2 November 1967) is an Indian actress. Known for her work on screen, stage and television, Vashisht has played a wide range of roles. Her most prominent appearances includes; sci-fi television series Space City Sigma (1989-1991), Pachpan Khambe Laal Deewarein, Swabhimaan, Alaan (Kirdaar) to Trishna in Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and Jethi Maa in Kaala Teeka to film roles with a wide spectrum of directors with different cinema styles.
Vashisht at the screening of Criminal Justice in 2019
|Born||2 November 1967|
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Other names||Meeta Vasisht|
|Occupation||Actress occasional film and theatre director|
|Known for||being a powerful ecelectic unusual actress in film, television, theatre|
|Awards||Screen Awards, BFWA|
Mita Vashisht was born on 2 November 1967 in Pune, Maharashtra, India to Captain Rajeshwar Dutt Vashisht, who retired as a colonel from the Indian Army and Meenakshi Mehta (née) Vashisht, a teacher and a singer (Indian Classical).
A post-graduate in literature from Punjab University, Chandigarh and a graduate from the National School of Drama (Delhi) in 1987, Vashisht was for several years (1990–2010) also visiting faculty to some of the premier design, film and theatre institutes of India – the NIFT (Delhi), FTII (Pune), NSD (Delhi) and the NID (Ahmedabad). She has also conducted theatre workshops in the UK (London, Birmingham, Leicester) and in Damascus. She teaches students of fashion design, film direction and acting, using theatre techniques. She is married to filmmaker Anup Singh.
Vashisht has played the lead roles in the avant-garde cinemas (notably Kumar Shahani and Mani Kaul films), the middle of the road cinemas (Notably Govind Nihalani's films) as well as in successful big budget Bollywood films. She has worked in theatre as actress and director too. She researches and writes her scripts as well. Since 2004, she has performed her solo play in English and Hindi, titled, Lal Ded, based on life of medieval Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, all over India.
Vashisht has written and produced three short films, as well as a serial for television. She was the executive producer of the film The Name of a River, a BFI (London) - NFDC (India) - Bangladesh film co-production.
In June 2001, Vashisht established Mandala, space for arts collaborations research and education. Its aim was to spearhead a new movement in the arts, to centre stage and individuate the performing arts in society (she considers that imperative, in the face of an electronic media onslaught) and to aid artistic collaborations.
Her first project under Mandala however took an unusual twist. A chance theatre workshop that she conducted with trafficked minors in a remand home in Mumbai led to four years of her full-time involvement with the cause of self- empowerment and rehabilitation of trafficked minors. (trafficked minors i.e. minor girls rescued from prostitution from the city brothels).
As artistic director of Mandala she created Mandala TAM (theatre arts module), a methodology and a training process based on the performing arts that proved to be highly successful in helping the trafficked minors to heal and transform mentally, physically, emotionally and intellectually. In wanting to mainstream the marginalized she created a theatre troupe of the trafficked young women who performed the comedy play 'the coffin is too big for the grave' to national and international audiences and at international theatre festivals).
She has performed in the 75 minute solo theatre performance Lal Ded, based on the life and poetry of the iconic woman mystic and poet of Kashmir Lal Ded. Lal Ded performances have been invited to and featured in the following National/International theatre festivals in India and abroad.
- 2004: World Human Rights Day for the NGO 'Akshara', Mumbai.
- 2005: The Hungry Heart Int. Theatre Festival, India Habitat Centre, Delhi.
- 2006: The Hungry Heart International theatre festival, Delhi.
- 2006: World theatre day, Pune. (Alliance Francaise)
- 2007: National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai
- 2008: Baharangam (the Int. theatre festival, NSD Delhi) commemorating NSD's golden jubilee year.
- 2008: International Sufi Festival of Performing Arts, Srinagar, Kashmir.
- 2008: National Theatre Festival, Dehradun
- 2008: World Performing Arts Festival, Lahore, Pakistan.
- 2009: North Zone Cultural Centre Festival, Chandigarh.
Film and televisionEdit
She has also produced and directed television programs and documentaries. In 2012 she She of the Four Names, commissioned by Public Services Broadcasting Trust, India. (PSBT) based on Lal Ded.
In recent years Vashisht played a key role in Ekta Kapoor's Kahani Ghar Ghar ki. The portrayal of Trishna took the serial to new TRP heights, beating the sister rival serial Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi for the first time in six years of its running.She played the role of the principal on the show Suvreen Guggal on Channel V India and Akbar's evil stepmom in the serial, Jodha Akbar on Zee TV. She was highly appreciated by the audience for her negative portrayal of Jethi Maa from TV Series Kaala Teeka.
|1987||Var Var Vari||Nayika||Kumar Shahani||FTII (Diploma for Nandini Bedi, Editing)|
|1989||Chandni||Chandni's friend||Yash Chopra|
|1990||Khayal Gatha||Rani Roopmati||Kumar Shahani|
|1994||Tarpan||Lachmi||K. Bikram Singh|
|1994||English August||Nri||Dev Benegal|
|1994||Drohkaal||Sumitra||Govind Nihalani||Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1998||Dil Se..||Terrorist||Mani Ratnam|
|1998||Zindagi Zindabad||Botanist||Sumitra Bhave|
|2000||Snegithiye||SP Prema Narayanan||Priyadarshan||Tamil film|
|2001||Maya||Maya's Aunt||Digvijay Singh|
|2001||Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi||Main villain||Rahul Rawail|
|2003||Patalghar||Begum||Abhijit Chaudhary||Bengali film|
|2004||Phir Milenge||Advocate Kalyani||Revathi|
|2006||Shevri||Maya||Gajendra Ahire||Marathi film|
|2007||Raakilipattu||SP Prema Narayanan||Priyadarshan||Malayalam film|
|2009||Anubhav||Dr. Kamla||Rajeev Nath|
|2009||Aladin||Karate Instructor||Sujoy Ghosh|
|2009||Antaheen||Mrs. Mehra||Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury||Bengali film|
|2011||Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge||Ma'am||Nupur Ashtana|
|2011||Trishna||Trishna's mother||Michael Winterbottom|
|2014||Youngistaan||Suhasini Singh Deo||Syed Ahmad Afzal|
|2014||Rahasya||Brinda Chhabria||Manish Gupta|
Music videos and Singing
- 2000: Featured in the main lead in Mann ke Manjeeré.
- 2007: Sung the vocals with Shubha Mudgal for the theme song Laaga Chunari Mein Daag for Yash Raj Films.
|1989||Space City Sigma||Ashok Talwar, Bizeth Bannerjee|
|1989||Bharat Ek Khoj||Shyam Benegal||As Suhasini, Wife of Dhananand [episode 11,12]|
|1989||Mr Yogi||Ketan Mehta|
|1993||Pachpan Khambe Lal Deewarein||P.K. Mohanty|
|1994||Swabhimaan||Mahesh Bhatt||As Devika|
|1997||Ghum||Anup Singh||Rain Movies|
|1998||Saalgiraah||Anup Singh||Rain Movies|
|1999||Vijay Jyoti||Gajendra Singh||ZEE TV NETWORK|
|1999||Hip Hip Hurray||Nupur Asthana|
|2001||Kaaun||EKta Kapoor||Balaji Television|
|2005–07||Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki||Ekta Kapoor||Balaji Television|
|2012–13||Suvreen Guggal – Topper of The Year||Ravi Bhushan|
|2015||Kaala Teeka||Jethi Maa||DJs a Creative Venture|
|2015||Jodhaa Akbar||Mah Chuchak Begum||Zee TV Network|
|2017||Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai||Bhairavi||Sphere Origins Production House|
|2019||Criminal Justice||Lawyer Mandira Mathur||Hotstar|
|2020||Your Honor||Inspector Kiran Sekhon||Sony Liv|
Film Jury memberEdit
- 2005: OSIAN'S CINEFAN International Film Festival, Delhi. Jury member for Indian Feature Films.
- 2008: Tenth MAMI International Film Festival, Mumbai. Jury Member for Dimensions India (Documentary films).
- 2008: Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) Jury member for Short films.
- 1996: Won, Star Screen Award, for Best Supporting Actress Drohkaal
- 1990: Won, BFJA Awards Bengal Film Journalist Award, Best supporting Actress Drishti
- 2019 :Won, Moonwhite Films International Film Fest - MWFIFF Best Actress Supporting Role Mita Vasisht ( Gulabi ) Kasaai (The Devil) Source http://www.mwfiff.com/winners.html
- Kolwankar, Gayatri (26 April 2016). "TV actors and their birthday bash pictures". The Times of India. p. 15. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
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- Ferral, Glacxy (25 November 2008). "Mita reveals it all". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "For the love of the stage". The Hindu. 11 November 2012. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- C.S. Lakshmi (1 May 2005). "Songs of a mystic". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Meenakshi Shedde (14 November 2001). "How theatre can empower the meek". Archived from the original on 17 July 2012.
- "Mita Vashisht to play Akbar's evil stepmom in Jodha Akbar". The Times of India. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.