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Roshan Seth (born April 2, 1942) is a Genie Award winning and BAFTA Award nominated Englishmarker-Indianmarker actor, who appears mainly in British and American films. He is most well-known for his critically acclaimed performances in the films Gandhi, Mississippi Masala, Not Without My Daughter, My Beautiful Laundrette, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Such a Long Journey.

Early life

Seth was born in Patnamarker, Indiamarker, the son of a professor of biochemistry. He was educated at The Doon School, further doing graduation in History at St Stephen's College, and honing his theatrical skills at the Shakespeare Society before moving on to the UKmarker for further training. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Artmarker in British repertory theater.


Seth's first break came in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which toured in 1972. Seth entered feature films in Richard Lester's Juggernaut (1974), but because subsequent filmmakers only wanted Seth for ethnic roles, his career abruptly stalled.

Discouraged, he abandoned acting and returned to India, where he worked as an editor and journalist until the early 1980s, when Richard Attenborough asked Seth to play Jawaharlal Nehru in Gandhi (1982). Seth was nominated the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the film.

Also in 1982, Seth played Indian author Victor Mehta in David Hare's biographical play, A Map of the World, which toured for several years in Australia, London, and New York. After the release of the multi-award-winning movie Gandhi (1982), Seth was much in demand, and when A Map of the World's Broadway run finished, his movie career took off. His work in 1984 included major roles in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and David Lean's A Passage to India. Following that he played a lead in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), and he played Pancks in Little Dorrit (1988).

Seth's film credits in the 1990s included roles in Not Without My Daughter (1991), Mississippi Masala (1991), Street Fighter (1994), and Harish Saluja's The Journey (1997). In 1993, he played the role of Haroon Amir in the television miniseries The Buddha of Suburbia, for which he was nominated a Royal Television Society award for "Best Actor - Male". In 1995, he played the role of Baba in Flight, for which he won the "Best Actor" award at the Sochimarker International Film Festival. In 1998, he played the leading role of Gustad Noble in the film Such a Long Journey, for which he won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

In 2001, Seth appeared in Monsoon Wedding, and he has continued working steadily in British and American films. In 2003 he played the lead in the American film Cosmopolitan, which was broadcast nationally on PBS. He also recently came back into mainstream Indian commercial cinema with his crisp role in the noted 2007 film, Guru.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role
1974 Juggernaut Azad
1982 Gandhi Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Chattar Lal
A Passage to India Advocate Amrit Rao
1985 My Beautiful Laundrette Papa
1988 Little Dorrit Pancks
1989 Slipstream George
1990 Mountains of the Moon Ben Amir
1871 Lord Grafton
1991 Not Without My Daughter Houssein
Mississippi Masala Jay
London Kills Me Dr. Bubba
1992 Electric Moon Ranveer
1992 Stalin Beria
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia
1994 Street Fighter Dr. Dhalsim
1995 Bideshi Ajoy
Solitaire for 2 Sandip Tamar
1997 The Journey Kishan Singh
1998 Bombay Boys Pesi Shroff
Such a Long Journey Gustad Noble
1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence Sheikh Kamal
Secret of the Andes Don Benito
2000 Vertical Limit Colonel Amir Salim
2001 Monsoon Wedding Mohan Rai
Wings of Hope Shekar Khanna
South West 9 Ravi
2003 Cosmopolitan Gopal
2004 Spivs Omar
2005 Frozen Noyen
Proof Professor Bhandari
2006 Broken Thread Dasa
2007 Guru Chief of Enquiry Commission
2007 Amal Suresh
2008 The Cheetah Girls: One World Uncle Kamal Bhatia


  1. Audio interview with Seth on NPR's All Things Considered, June 3, 2004

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