Tisca Chopra

Tisca Chopra is an Indian actress, author and film producer. She has acted in over 45 feature films in different languages with many eminent directors like Aamir Khan, Prakash Jha, Madhur Bhandarkar, Abhinay Deo, Nagesh Kukunoor and Anup Singh.

Tisca Chopra
Tisca at the screening of Sonata
Born (1973-11-01) 1 November 1973[1]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materHindu College, University of Delhi
OccupationActress, Author and Producer
Spouse(s)Capt. Sanjay Chopra
Personal details

Taare Zameen Par, her best known feature film, was India's official entry to the Academy Awards.[2] It also won her Filmfare and other top nominations. Another feature film, Qissa,[3] premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, and won the prestigious NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film. The film has travelled to over 20 festivals, winning over almost all top awards and much appreciation from audiences and critics. Tisca did her Bachelors in Literature from University of Delhi and worked extensively in theatre. She has honed her craft with Naseeruddin Shah and theatre director Feroz Khan. Her performance in the Pulitzer Award-winning play, Dinner With Friends, that deals with the state of the modern marriage, was a hit in India, South East Asia and the Middle East, garnering praise from both critics and audiences. A practising Buddhist, she consistently works on issues especially those of gender equality, the girl child and the environment. She has worked with Sam Pitroda on the National Knowledge Commission, to help with revamping the education system.

Her book Acting Smart (Harper Collins),[4] is a best seller and is being translated into Hindi. Tisca has been nominated at the New York Indian Film Festival for Best Actress for her work in 10Ml Love,[5] a film based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. The series won Best Ensemble Cast. She's been on the Jury of the prestigious MAMI (Mumbai Academy Of Moving Images) film festival. Chutney, a short film she wrote and produced under her company, The Eastern Way won two Filmfare Awards (Best Actress & Best Short Film). She is now developing two feature film scripts.[6][7][8] Her upcoming projects are Bioscopewala, 3Dev and The Hungry (based on the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus). One of the most beautiful and stylish actresses, Tisca is often on the best-dressed list and is a favourite with advertisers, endorsing brands like Tanishq,[9] Titan eyewear,[10] Olay,[11] Horlicks,[12] Marks & Spencers,[13] Godrej,[14] Bajaj Motors and Kellogs.[15]

Early life and education

Tisca Chopra was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh into a family of educationists. She graduated from Apeejay School, Noida, where her father was the principal. Later she studied English literature at Hindu College, University of Delhi. She also started working actively with amateur theatre. While at college, she started writing for several publications and acting in plays for an amateur theatre group and college festivals. After finishing her education, she moved to Mumbai and trained in acting with notable theatre greats Feroz Abbas Khan and Naseeruddin Shah[16] She works with several NGOs, supporting education and women's rights. She speaks Hindi, English, Urdu, and Bengali.

She is the grand-niece of the famous writer Khushwant Singh.[17]


She has won two Filmfare Awards (Chutney (2016)- Best Actress and Best Short Film) Filmfare Short Film Awards#Winners' announcement. For her role in Taare Zameen Par (2007), her best known film, she won Filmfare nominations. love break-ups zindagi she appeared in love break-ups zindagi movie along with Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan. Rahasya (2015), won her The People's Choice and Best Actress at Big Star Entertainment Awards. She made her film debut with Platform (1993), opposite Ajay Devgan.[18] She also starred in the hit play Dinner With Friends, where her character of Dia[19] is a complex role of a failed artist. In 2004 she played the role of Prabhavati Devi in Prakash Jha's Loknayak.[20][21][22][23] In 2007, she appeared in Taare Zameen Par with Aamir Khan, where her performance was much lauded. She acted in Nandita Das's directorial debut, Firaaq (2008).[24][25] In 2011, she appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji.

For 10ml Love, which is based on the Shakespearean play Midsummer Night's Dream, Tisca was nominated for Best Actress at the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival.[26][27] Her film Ankur Arora Murder Case, written and produced by Vikram Bhatt released in May 2013.[28][29] Her other notable films are Anup Singh's Qissa, with Irrfan Khan released in 2013,[30][31] has travelled to over 20 festivals, winning over almost all top awards and much appreciation from audiences and critics, and Rahasya, by UVI Film Production Pvt. Ltd. She has worked in the Marathi film Highway with Umesh Kulkarni and Hindi and Tamil remakes of the Marathi film Kaksparsh, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.


She acted in various plays in Mumbai and soon her work was seen Feroz Abbas Khan's Mahatma vs Gandhi, All The Best and Satyadev Dubey's Inshah Allah. She also starred in Dinner With Friends,[32][33][34] a Pulitzer Award-winning play. The play and Tisca garnered a lot of praise from both critics and audiences and has travelled to many cities across the world.


Starting her Television stint with the immensely popular short film format called Star Bestsellers, Tisca starred in two popular films, Ek Shaam Ki Mulaqat[35] and Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya?. This paved the way for leading parts in shows like Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii (Star Plus), Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani (Zee TV), Sarkarr:Rishton Ki Ankahi Kahani (Zee TV) and Mariyam Khan - Reporting Live (Star Plus). She hosted a consumer grievances show on (Star News) called Main Hoon Na.[36] Tisca hosted Prayschit - Gunahon Ke Zakhm on Sony Entertainment Television, where she got a chance to reveal the transformation that criminals go through after or during their prison sentence. She starred in 24,[37] in the year 2013. The series was a remake of the American series of the same name, produced by Anil Kapoor, directed by Abhinay Deo, which was premiered on Colors.[38]


Tisca has appeared in advertisements for big brands like Tanishq,[39] Titan Eyewear,[10] Dish TV,[40][41] Kelloggs-All Bran,[42][43] Horlicks-Gold,[44] and Olay.[45][11]

Personal life

Tisca Chopra is the grand-niece of prominent Indian writer Khushwant Singh.[46] She is married to Capt. Sanjay Chopra who is a pilot with Air India.[47] They have one daughter and live in Mumbai. She is a practising Buddhist and works with several NGOs, supporting education and women's rights.[48]



Year Title Role Language Notes
199315 AugustKiranHindiCredited as Priya Arora
PlatformTinaHindiCredited as Priya Arora
I Love IndiaPriyaTamilCredited as Priya
1994Bali Umar Ko SalamNikithaHindi
2000Karobaar: The Business of LoveNeelamHindi
2004Hyderabad Blues 2MenakaHindi
2007Taare Zameen ParMaya AwasthyHindi
Cape KarmaKaminiEnglish
2008FiraaqAnuradha DesaiHindi
201010 ml LoveRoshniHindi
Khushiyaan Julie Verma Punjabi
2011Dil Toh Baccha Hai JiAnushka Anu NarangHindi
Love Breakups ZindagiSheila ThapparHindi
2012OMG: Oh My God!InterviewerHindi
2013Ankur Arora Murder CaseNanditha AroraHindi
2015RahasyaDr. Arthi MahajanHindi
HighwayFilm actorMarathi
Bruce Lee - The FighterMaliniTelugu
2016Ghayal Once AgainSheethal BansalHindi
Sardaar Gabbar SinghGeetha DeviTelugu
2017The HungryTulsi JoshiHindi
20183 DevSavitriHindi
Lashtam PashtamMother of SiddhantHindi
2019Good NewwzHindiNurse


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani Rhea
2003-2004 Karishma Kaa Karishma Sheetal (Karishma's mother)
2004–2005 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii[49] Mallika[50]
2005–2006 Sarkarr:Rishton Ki Ankahi Kahani Urvashi[49]
2007 Main Hoon Na[49] Host/presenter
2011 Prayschit - Gunahon Ke Zakhm Host/presenter
2013 24 Trisha Rathod
2018 Mariam Khan - Reporting Live Arts Teacher
2019 Hostages Dr. Mira Anand[51] Hotstar

Short Films

Year Title Role Director Notes Ref.
2016 Chutney Vanita Jyoti Kapur Das [52]
2017 Chhuri Meera Mansi Jain [53]

Awards and nominations


  • People's Choice: Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award - Taare Zameen Par[54]
  • BIG Star Entertainment Awards - Best Actor (In a negative role) - Rahasya[55]
  • Tisca won the "Best Actor Female" for Chutney at the Jio Filmfare Short Film Awards 2017. It's a project she not just acted in, but also produced and co-wrote. The "Best Film" (Fiction) award also went to Chutney.[56][57] Talking about the win, she told IANS, "It's heartening to see that films that have no godfather or a big studio supporting them are also picked by a firm and fair jury. Winning for a character that is the opposite of 'heroine material' is what shows me that Filmfare is really looking at the art of acting in a bold and modern way".
  • 24, won Best Ensemble Cast at The Colors Golden Petal Awards for Best television series.
  • 24, won Best Television series at The Indian Television Academy (ITA).



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