Seema Biswas

Seema Biswas (born 1962) is an Indian film and theatre actress from Assam. She shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen (1994), for which she won the National Film Award for Best Actress. She has a reputation for performing strong character roles. 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). Her other mainstream films include Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), for which she won the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress, Bhoot (2003), Vivah (2006), and Half Girlfriend (2017). In addition to films, Biswas has been a part of many television shows.

Seema Biswas
Biswas during a press conference at 40th International Film Festival of India, in November 2009
Born1965 (age 5354)
Nalbari, Assam, India
Years active1988–present
Notable work
Bandit Queen

Personal life and education

Biswas was born in Nalbari, Assam to 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.

In 1996, she played the role of Flavy, a deaf and mute woman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Khamoshi: The Musical opposite Nana Patekar, and won the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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 2011, she was rumoured to be a part of reality television series Bigg Boss 5.[3]

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.[4]


1994Bandit QueenPhoolan DeviHindi
1996Khamoshi: The MusicalFlavy J. BraganzaHindi
1997Ladies OnlyHindi
1998Hazaar Chaurasi Ki MaaSomu's motherHindi
1999BindhaastCBI officerMarathi
2001DhyasparvaMalati KarveMarathi
Ghaav: The WoundTanyaHindi
2003BoomBhartiHindi, English
PinjarPagli- Mad womanHindustani, Punjabi
2004Kaya TaranSister AgathaHindi
Ek Hasina ThiACP Malti VaidyaHindi, English
HananMrs. HeeralalHindi, Bengali, English
2005WaterShakuntalaEnglish, Hindi
Mumbai GodfatherHindi
The White LandSudha's motherHindi
Zindaggi RocksHindi
2007SofiaThe Madam
Kamagata Maru
RiskDevki Wardhan
AmalSapna AgarwalEnglish, Hindi
2008StrikerSiddharth's motherHindi
ShauryaCaptain Javed Khan's motherHindi
Heaven on EarthEnglish, Punjabi
2009Cooking with StellaStellaEnglish, Hindi
Yeh Mera IndiaBaiHindi
2010Lalbaug ParelMotherMarathi
City of GoldAaiHindi
2011Queens! Destiny of DanceAmmaHindi
PatangSudhaHindi, Gujarati, English
With Love, Delhi! Mother English
2012Midnight's ChildrenMaryEnglish
2014Chaarfutiya ChhokareJankiHindi
ManjunathManjunath's MotherHindi
Endless SummerMalayalam
2015 Jai Ho Democracy Mohini Devi Hindi
A Yellow BirdSiva's mother
Freaky AliAli's MotherHindi
Anatomy of ViolenceHindi
Holding BackHindi
2017Half Girlfriend Rani Sahiba, Madhav's motherHindi
SameerMumtaz KhalaHindi
Soul CurryKonkani
Dhiya Poota Kakiya Bhojpuri


Year Title Role
2014–15 Maha Kumbh: Ek Rahasaya, Ek Kahani Mai Mui
2019 Leila

Web Series

Year Title Role
2019 Code M


National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards

Star Screen Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Genie/Canadian Screen Award


  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. Team, Tellychakkar. "Seema Biswas in Bigg Boss 5?".
  4. 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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