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Seema Biswas
সীমা বিশ্বাস
Born January 14, 1965 (1965-01-14) (age 45)
Nalbari , Assam, India

Seema Biswas (Hindi: सीमा बिस्वास, Assamese: সীমা বিশ্বাস) (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. 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 education

Biswas was born in Nalbari, Assam, to Jagdish 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.


Biswas debuted after Shekhar Kapur watched her perform in Khubsurat Bahu, a play produced by 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 have 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, Lalbaug-Parel.


Year Title Role
1994 Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Flavy J. Braganza
1998 Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa Somu's mother
1999 Bindhaast CBI officer
Samar Dulari
2001 Dhyasparva Malati Karve
2002 Deewangee Psychiatrist
Company Ranibai
Ghaav: The Wound Tanya
2003 Boom Bharti
Bhoot Bai
Iyarkai sister-in-law of nancy
Pinjar Mad woman
2004 Kaya Taran Sister Agatha
Ek Hasina Thi ACP Malti Vaidya
Hanan Mrs. Heeralal
2005 Water Shakuntala
Mumbai Godfather
The White Land Sudha's mother
2006 Vivah Rama
Shoonya Pradhan
Zindaggi Rocks
2007 Sofia The Madam
Kamagata Maru
Amal Sapna Agarwal
2008 Striker Siddharth's mother
Cooking with Stella Stella
Heaven on Earth
2010 Lalbaug, Parel Aai



Filmfare Awards

Star Screen Awards

National Film Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

2001 - Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Genie Award

Filmfare Award
Preceded by
Twinkle Khanna
for Barsaat
Best Debut
for Bandit Queen

Succeeded by
Mahima Chaudhary
for Pardes
National Film Award
Preceded by
Debashree Roy
for Unishe April
Best Actress
for Bandit Queen

Succeeded by
for Maachis
Genie Award
Preceded by
Pascale Bussières
for Ma vie en cinémascope
Best Actress
for Water

Succeeded by
Julie LeBreton
for Maurice Richard


  1. ^ Vasisht, Divya: "Seema Biswas: Beyond the limelight" The Times of India (online) , 24 June 2003
  2. ^ Kumar, Anuj: "Beyond the image", The Hindu, Metro Plus Mangalore edition, 3 March 2007.

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