Chatterjee was born in Pune, India to a business executive and a political science professor. Her family later 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.

Her first film Swaraj won a National Film Award. Chatterjee’s performance in the German film, Shadows of Time earned her critical acclaim. It took her to international film festivals like Toronto and Berlin. Thereafter she did an Indo-French film, Let the Wind Blow, also called Hava Aney Dey. The film was directed by Partho Sen-Gupta and won in the Best film Award at the Durban International Film Festival. Following these, Chatterjee acted in various films like Strings, Kasturi and Bibar. The Bengali film Bibar won her critical acclaim and best actress awards. Her work in the British film Brick Lane directed by Sarah Gavron gave her international exposure and recognition.

Chatterjee will be appearing opposite Martin Sheen in Ravi Kumar’s upcoming film, Bhopal: Prayer for Rain. She will also be seen in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol. Chatterjee is often referred by the Indian media as the Princess of Parallel Cinema. Chatterjee was referred by the Indian media as the chief flag bearer at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. She won the best actress award at the Miaac New York Film Festival for her film Bombay Summer. Also referred to as one of the most international of Indian actresses Chatterjee is working with Lucy Liu in a film based on the book Half the Sky.

A trained Hindustani classical vocalist, she also sang for movies like Road, Page 3, and her own films.


Movies Done By Tannishtha Chatterjee

  • 2019 Roam Rome Mein Reena Debut film as director
  • 2019 Jhalki
  • 2019 RaniRaniRani Rani
  • 2018 Beyond the Clouds Chotu’s mom
  • 2016 Doctor Rakhmabai Doctor Rakhmabai
  • 2016 Unindian Meera
  • 2016 Lion Noor
  • 2015 Gour Hari Dastaan Anita
  • 2015 Angry Indian Goddesses Nargis Nasreen
  • 2015 Parched Rani
  • 2015 Rough Book Santoshi
  • 2015 Feast of Varanasi Inspector Rajveer Saxena
  • 2015 I Love New Year Riya
  • 2014 Chauranga Dhaniya
  • 2014 Sunrise Leela
  • 2013 Bhopal: Prayer for Rain Leela
  • 2013 Siddharth Suman Saini
  • 2013 Monsoon Shootout Rani
  • 2013 Gulaab Gang Kajri
  • 2013 Dekh Indian Circus Kajaro
  • 2012 Anna Karenina Masha
  • 2012 Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid Shabri
  • 2012 Jal Kajri
  • 2010 Road, Movie Gypsy woman
  • 2009 Bombay Summer Geetha
  • 2009 Barah Aana Rani
  • 2008 White Elephant Sita
  • 2007 Brick Lane Nazneen Ahmed
  • 2006 Strings-Bound By Faith
  • 2006 Bibar Nita
  • 2005 Divorce Kamla
  • 2005 Shadows of Time Masha
  • 2004 Hava Aney Dey Mona
  • 2004 Bas Yun Hi Sona
  • 2003 Swaraj


Web Series Done By Tannishtha Chatterjee

  • 2019 Parchhayee Lavani ZEE5


Awards Received By Tannishtha Chatterjee

  • 2006 Osian film festival Best Actress Bibar Yes
  • 2007 British Independent Film Awards 2007 Brick Lane No
  • 2007 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Most Promising Actress Bibar Yes
  • 2009 Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Best Actress Bombay Summer Yes
  • 2010 Stardust Award Road, Movie No
  • 2012 NYIFF Indo-American Arts Council Dekh Indian Circus Yes
  • 2012 National Film Award (Special Mention) National Film Award Yes
  • 2016 London Asian Film Festival Contribution to Asian Cinema Yes
  • 2016 Festival2valenciennes Best Actress Parched Yes
  • 2016 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Yes
  • 2017 Pune International Film Festival Best Actress Dr. Rakhmabai Yes
  • 2019 Busan International Film Festival Asia Star Award[26] Roam Rome Mein Yes