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Seema Biswas

Seema Biswas is an Indian film and theatre actress from Assam who shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur\'s film Bandit Queen (1994). Seema Biswas won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. 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). Seema Biswas was born on January 14, 1965 in Guwahati, 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 at New Delhi. After completing her studies at NSD in 1984, she joined the NSD Repertory Company. Shekhar Kapur ...  See full bio