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Seema Biswas (Hindi: सीमा बिस्वास, Assamese: সীমা বিশ্বাস) (born 14 January 1965) is an Indian film and theatre actress from Assammarker who shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen (1994). She has a reputation for performing strong character roles.

Biswas won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. 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).

Personal life and education

Biswas was born in Nalbarimarker, Assam, to Jagdish and Meera Biswas. 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.


Biswas debuted after Shekhar Kapur watched her perform in Khubsurat Bahu, a play produced by 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.

Rooted firmly in theatre, she refuses to be typecast, and have worked in a variety of films and character roles. She has also worked in a number of Malayalam, and a Tamil film.


Filmfare Awards

Star Screen Awards

National Film Awards

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

2001 - Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Genie Award



  1. Vasisht, Divya: " Seema Biswas: Beyond the limelight" The Times of India (online) , 24 June 2003
  2. Kumar, Anuj: " Beyond the image", The Hindu, Metro Plus Mangalore edition, 3 March 2007.
  3. George, Liza (interview) " `Each role is a challenge'" The Hindu, 16 December 2005.


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Filmfare Award
National Film Award
Genie Award

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