Mita Vashisht

Mita Vasisht (born 2 November 1967)[1] is an Indian, film, television and theatre actress. She known for her range of roles that she has played in television from Space City Signma, 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.[2]

Mita Vasisht
Vashisht at the screening of Criminal Justice in 2019
Born (1967-11-02) 2 November 1967[1]
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Other namesMeeta Vasisht
OccupationActress occasional film and theatre director
Years active1987–present
Known forbeing a powerful ecelectic unusual actress in film, television, theatre
AwardsScreen Awards, BFWA

Early life

Mita Vasisht was born on 2 November 1967 in Pune, Maharashtra, India to Captain Rajeshwar Dutt Vasisht, who retired as a colonel from the Indian Army and Meenakshi Mehta (nee) Vasisht, 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[3] (Delhi) in 1987, Vasisht 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.[4]

Career

Vasisht 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.[5]

Vasisht 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, Vasisht 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).[6]

Theatre

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.[7] 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 television

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 Vasisht 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.[8] She was highly appreciated by the audience for her negative portrayal of Jethi Maa from TV Series Kaala Teeka.

Selected filmography

YearFilmRoleDirectorNotes
1987Var Var VariNayikaKumar ShahaniFTII (Diploma for Nandini Bedi, Editing)
1989ChandniChandni's friendYash Chopra
1989SiddheshwariSiddheshwariMani Kaul
1989JazeereAstaGovind Nihalani
1990Khayal GathaRani RoopmatiKumar Shahani
1990DrishtiPrabhaGovind Nihalani
1990KasbaTejoKumar Shahani
1991IdiotNastassyaMani Kaul
1994TarpanLachmiK. Bikram Singh
1994English AugustNriDev Benegal
1994DrohkaalSumitraGovind NihalaniScreen Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998Dil Se..TerroristMani Ratnam
1998Zindagi ZindabadBotanistSumitra Bhave
1998GhulamFatimaVikram Bhatt
1999TaalPrabhaSubhash Ghai
2000SnegithiyeSP Prema NarayananPriyadarshanTamil film
2001Maya Maya's AuntDigvijay Singh
2001Kuch Khatti Kuch MeethiMain villainRahul Rawail
2002PitaahThakuraienMahesh Manjrekar
2003PatalgharBegumAbhijit ChaudharyBengali film
2004Oops!Sharon/SakshiDeepak Tijori
2004Phir MilengeAdvocate KalyaniRevathi
2006ShevriMayaGajendra AhireMarathi film
2009AnubhavDr. KamlaRajeev Nath
2009AladinKarate InstructorSujoy Ghosh
2009AntaheenMrs. MehraAniruddha Roy ChowdhuryBengali film
2011Mujhse Fraaandship KarogeMa'amNupur Ashtana
2011TrishnaTrishna's motherMichael Winterbottom
2013GangoobaiDakshaPriya Krishnaswamy
2014YoungistaanSuhasini Singh DeoSyed Ahmad Afzal
2014RahasyaBrinda ChhabriaManish 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.

Television

YearSerialDirectorNotes
1988Space City SigmaAshok Talwar, Bizeth Bannerjee
1989Bharat Ek KhojShyam BenegalAs Suhasini, Wife of Dhananand [episode 11,12]
1989Mr YogiKetan Mehta
1993Pachpan Khambe Lal DeewareinP.K. Mohanty
1994Swabhimaan
1994KirdaarGulzarVarious Roles
1997GhumAnup SinghRain Movies
1998SaalgiraahAnup SinghRain Movies
1999Vijay JyotiGajendra SinghZEE TV NETWORK
1999Hip Hip HurrayNupur Asthana
1999–2000Star Bestsellers
2001KaaunEKta KapoorBalaji Television
2001Khauff
2005Bombay Lawyers
2005–07Kahani Ghar Ghar KiEkta KapoorBalaji Television
2012–13Suvreen Guggal – Topper of The YearRavi Bhushan
2015Sense8Sahana RasalNETFLIX
2015Kaala TeekaJethi MaaDJs a Creative Venture
2017 Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai Sphere Origins Production House Bhairavi

Film Jury member

  • 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.

Awards

References

  1. Kolwankar, Gayatri (26 April 2016). "TV actors and their birthday bash pictures". The Times of India. p. 15. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  2. "Mita Vashisht: My new show Kaala Teeka launches on my birthday 2nd November - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. Ferral, Glacxy (25 November 2008). "Mita reveals it all". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  4. "For the love of the stage". The Hindu. 11 November 2012.
  5. C.S. Lakshmi (1 May 2005). "Songs of a mystic". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. Meenakshi Shedde (14 November 2001). "How theatre can empower the meek". Archived from the original on 17 July 2012.
  8. "Mita Vashisht to play Akbar's evil stepmom in Jodha Akbar". The Times of India. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
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