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Biswas at Achiever's Award in 2011

Seema Biswas (born 14 January 1965) is an Indian film and theatre actress from Assam who shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen (1994). She has a reputation for performing strong character roles. Biswas won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Bandit Queen. She won the 2000 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the 2006 Best Actress Genie Award for her role as Shakuntala in Deepa Mehta's Water (2005).


Personal life and educationEdit

Biswas was born in Nalbari, Assam, to Bengali Parents Jagdish Biswas and Meera Biswas.[1] Her mother, an early influence, was a history teacher and a pioneering figure for female theatre artistes in Assam; and she came into contact with artists like Bhupen Hazarika, Phani Sarma and Bishnuprasad Rabha early in life. She studied Political Science at Nalbari College, and later joined the National School of Drama, New Delhi.After graduating from NSD in 1984, she joined the NSD Repertory Company.


Seema Biswas acted as the heroine in Krishnan Kartha's Amshini (Hindi) which entered the Indian Panorama Section of Filmotsav 1988. However the general belief is that Biswas debuted after Shekhar Kapur watched her perform in NSD Repertory Company, and offered her a role in Bandit Queen. Although she had earlier acted in Assamese cinema, this was her first big break into Hindi cinema, and she arrived with a bang.

Rooted firmly in theatre, she refuses to be typecast,[2] and has worked in a variety of films and character roles. She has also worked in a number of Marathi, Malayalam, and Tamil films. Some of her Marathi films are Bindhast, Dhyaas Parwa, and Lalbaug-Parel.

She has been honoured with the Life Membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television by the director Sandeep Marwah.

In 2014, Seema Biswas has been included in the prestigious five member jury board of 45th International Film Festival of India(IFFI) to be held from 20 to 30 November at Goa.[3]


Year Title Role Language Notes
1988 Amshini Sarada Hindi
1994 Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi Hindi
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Flavy J. Braganza Hindi
1997 Ladies Only Hindi
1998 Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa Somu's mother Hindi
1999 Bindhaast CBI officer Marathi
Samar Dulari Hindi
2001 Dhyasparva Malati Karve Marathi
Shantham Malayalam
2002 Deewangee Psychiatrist Hindi
Company Ranibai Hindi
Ghaav: The Wound Tanya Hindi
2003 Boom Bharti Hindi, English
Bhoot Bai Hindi
Iyarkai Mercy -Sister-in-law of Nancy Tamil
Pinjar Pagli- Mad woman Hindustani, Punjabi
2004 Kaya Taran Sister Agatha Hindi
Dobara Hindi
Ek Hasina Thi ACP Malti Vaidya Hindi, English
Hanan Mrs. Heeralal Hindi, Bengali, English
2005 Water Shakuntala English, Hindi
Mumbai Godfather Hindi
The White Land Sudha's mother Hindi
2006 Vivah Rama Hindi
Shoonya Pradhan Hindi
Thalaimagan Alankaram Tamil
Zindaggi Rocks Hindi
2007 Sofia The Madam
Kamagata Maru
Risk Devki Wardhan
Amal Sapna Agarwal English, Hindi
2008 Striker Siddharth's mother Hindi
Shaurya Captain Javed Khan's mother Hindi
Heaven on Earth English, Punjabi
2009 Cooking with Stella Stella English, Hindi
Yeh Mera India Bai Hindi
2010 Lalbaug Parel Mother Marathi
City of Gold Aai Hindi
2011 Queens! Destiny of Dance Amma Hindi
Patang Sudha Hindi, Gujarati, English
With Love, Delhi! Mother English
2012 Midnight's Children Mary English
2014 Chaarfutiya Chhokare Janki Hindi
Manjunath Manjunath's Mother Hindi
Sold Amma English
Balyakalasakhi Selvi Malayalam
Endless Summer Malayalam
Exclusion Hindi
2016 Kothanodi Dhoneshwari Assamese
A Yellow Bird Siva's mother
Freaky Ali Ali's Mother Hindi
Anatomy of Violence Hindi
Holding Back Hindi
2017 Half Girlfriend Rani Sahiba, Madhav's mother Hindi
Sameer (2017 film) Mumtaz Khala Hindi
Soul Curry Konkani
Dhiya Poota Kakiya Bhojpuri


National Film AwardsEdit

Filmfare AwardsEdit

Star Screen AwardsEdit

Sangeet Natak Akademi AwardEdit

Genie/Canadian Screen AwardEdit


  1. ^ Vasisht, Divya: "Seema Biswas: Beyond the limelight" The Times of India (online), 24 June 2003. Retrieved 21 March 2007.
  2. ^ Kumar, Anuj: "Beyond the image", The Hindu, Metro Plus Mangalore edition, 3 March 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
  3. ^ Pranjal Borah (21 November 2014). "Seema Biswas as Jury in 45th International Film Festival of India". KothaSobi. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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