Tillotama Shome is an Indian actress who works mainly in Hindi and English independent film productions. She is best known for her role as a house maid in the film Sir for which she won Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) in 2021. She is also known for her role in the Netflix Series Delhi Crime for which she won Filmfare OTT Award for Best Supporting Actress (Drama Series).

Tillotama Shome
Press conference by Mrituniay Devvrat, Director of the film “CHILDREN OF WAR” Soumya Joshi Devvrat, Producer and Actress Tillotma Shome, at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa.jpg
Shome at IFFI 2014
Born (1979-06-25) 25 June 1979 (age 44)[1]
Kunal Ross
(m. 2015)
  • Anupam Shome (father)
  • Baisakhi Shome (mother)

Early life edit

Shome was born in Kolkata to Anupam and Baisakhi Shome.[3] Shome grew up all over India since her father was with the Indian Air Force.[4]

Career edit

Shome went to Delhi's Lady Shri Ram College and joined Arvind Gaur's Asmita theatre group.[5] She moved to New York in the autumn of 2004 for a master's program in educational theatre at New York University, where she remained until visiting Mumbai on holiday in February 2008. Thereafter, she took up residence in Mumbai and after completing some outstanding projects in New York, she returned to India in May 2008.[6] In New York, she also taught theatre to murder convicts at a high security US prison.[7][8]

She made her film debut as Alice in Mira Nair's feature film Monsoon Wedding,[9] and played Deepa in Shadows of Time (Schatten der Zeit), directed by Florian Gallenberger. She played a nun in the Australian film The Waiting City by Claire McCarthy.[7] Italo Spinelli's Gangor, based on Mahashweta Devi's novel, had her play a social worker.[10] She also worked in Qaushiq Mukherjee's Tasher Desh.[11] She played Mrs. Ahmadi in the Hindi political thriller film Shanghai directed by Dibakar Banerjee. About her performance in Shanghai Rediff wrote "Shome created one of this year's most heartbreaking performances in a Hindi film".[12]

Her other roles have included Lara in Little Box of Sweets (directed by Meneka Das),[13] Jaya in Long After (short film, directed by Afia Nathaniel) and Miraal in Butterfly (directed by Tanuj Chopra).

Her performance as a girl who is raised as a boy in Qissa won her the best actress title in the New Horizons Competition of the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). She shared the title with Norwegian actress Julia Wildschutt.[14]

Personal life edit

Shome is married to Kunal Ross, the nephew of Jaya Bachchan, thus making her the niece-in-law of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan.[citation needed]

Filmography edit

Year Film Role Language Notes
2001 Monsoon Wedding Alice English Film debut
2003 Butterfly Miraal English Short Film
2004 Shadows of Time Deepa Bengali
2006 Long After Jaya English Short Film
Little Box of Sweets Lara English
2009 Zamir and Preeti: A Love Story Preeti English Short Film
Clap Clap Leena English Short Film
Boond Jeevni Hindi Short Film
The Waiting City Sister Tessila English
2010 Futurestates Syama English (TV series) Episode: Pia
Gangor Medha English, Bengali
2011 Turning 30 Malini Roy Hindi
2012 Shanghai Aruna Ahmedi Hindi
Tasher Desh Queen Bengali
2013 Sahasi Chori Radha Nepali Short Film
Aatma Vaishali Sinha Hindi
Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost Kanwar Punjabi
2014 Sold Bimla English
Children of War[15] Bhitika Hindi
Monsoon Baby Shanti German
2015 The Letters Kavitha Singh English
Nayantara's Necklace Alka Hindi Short Film
2016 Love Shots[16] Nidhi Hindi Short Film
Budhia Singh – Born to Run Sukanti Hindi
2017 Union Leader Geeta Hindi
Hindi Medium Education Consultant Hindi
A Death in the Gunj Bonnie Bakshi English, Hindi, Bengali Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Song of Scorpions Lady of The Night Hindi
Kadvi Hawa Mukund's wife Hindi
2018 Sir Ratna Hindi, Marathi Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics)
2019 Raahgir - The Wayfarers Nathuni Hindi
2020 Chintu Ka Birthday Sudha Tiwary Hindi Released on ZEE5
Dheet Patangey Devi Hindi
Mentalhood Preeti Hindi Web series released on ALTBalaji and ZEE5
Angrezi Medium Education Consultant Hindi
2021 Deep6 Mitul Bengali Released on 26th Busan International Film Festival
2022 Delhi Crime Lata Solanki/Karishma Hindi Netflix series Filmfare OTT Award Best Supporting Actress (Drama Series)
2023 The Night Manager Lipika Saikia Rao Hindi Web series released on Disney+ Hotstar
Tooth Pari: When Love Bites Meera Hindi Web series on Netflix
Lust Stories 2 Ishita Hindi Anthology film on Netflix

Achievements edit

2023 Filmfare OTT Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Drama Series). -Delhi Crime

References edit

  1. ^ Sana Farzeen (29 June 2023). "Tillotama Shome says she faced many moments of 'deep despair' in career: 'I became bitter, angry and cynical'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Bachchan family attends Tillotama Shome's wedding ceremony". 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ Ghosh, Ananya (30 November 2022). "The Accidental Actor: Tillotama Shome". Man's World. Archived from the original on 5 July 2023. Retrieved 5 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Social Media Star of The Week: Tillotama Shome". Hindustan Times. 13 January 2023. Archived from the original on 8 July 2023. Retrieved 8 July 2023 – via PressReader.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Alice in thunderland; Culture". Times Crest. 9 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  6. ^ Masala is in Mumbai Archived 26 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Mumbai Mirror, 18 May 2008
  7. ^ a b "I just want to act: Tillotama Shome – Entertainment – DNA". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Not Just the 'Monsoon Wedding' Girl – Grazia India". Grazia.co.in. 1 January 1970. Archived from the original on 23 May 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  9. ^ Das, Garima (27 June 2023). "Tillotama Shome: In My Career Of 20 Years I Got Very Little Work But Didn't Give Up". Outlook. Archived from the original on 28 June 2023. Retrieved 5 July 2023.
  10. ^ "Alice of Monsoon Wedding is back". The Indian Express. 2 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 July 2023. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  11. ^ Priyanka Dasgupta (25 November 2011). "I did sword fighting in Tasher Desh: Tillotama Shome". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Ten Most Memorable Movie Moments of 2012". Rediff.com. 2 January 2013. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  13. ^ Little Box of Sweets Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian, 15 August 2008
  14. ^ [1] Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Actress Tillotama Shome to feature next in Children of War". news.biharprabha.com. Indo-Asian News Service. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Love Shots - Full Film #5: Fired feat. Salim Merchant & Tillotama Shome". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021 – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Chakraborty, Juhi (11 June 2021). "Tillotama Shome on her film Raahgir winning at UK film fest: The timing is surreal". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 14 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.

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