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Tisca Chopra

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Tisca Chopra, born on November 1, 1973, is known and famous for being an Indian actress, author and film producer. She has acted in over 45 feature films in different languages.

 

Taare Zameen Par, her best known feature film, was India’s official entry to the Academy Awards. It also won Filmfare and other top nominations. Another feature film, Qissa, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, and won the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film. The film has traveled to over 24 festivals, winning over almost all top awards and much appreciation from audiences and critics. Tisca did her bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of Delhi and worked extensively in theater. She has honed her craft with Naseeruddin Shah and theater 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. She has worked with Sam Pitroda on the National Knowledge Commission, to help with revamping the education system.

 

Chopra’s book Acting Smart (Harper Collins),is a best seller and is being translated into Hindi. Her second book What’s Up With Me? was released in March 2021. This book is about demystifying menstruation and puberty for young girls. Tisca has been nominated at the New York Indian Film Festival for Best Actress for her work in 10Ml Love, a film based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The series won Best Ensemble Cast. She’s been on the Jury of the 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 and Best Short Film). She is now developing two feature film scripts. 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 favorite with advertisers, endorsing brands like Tanishq, Titan eyewear, Olay, Horlicks, Marks & Spencer, Godrej, Bajaj Motors and Kellogg’s.

 

Tisca Chopra was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh into a family of educationists. She grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, as her father was posted as the principal of India International School and later moved back to Delhi. 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 theater. While at college, she started writing for several publications and acting in plays for an amateur theater group and college festivals. After finishing her education, she moved to Mumbai and trained in acting with notable theater greats Feroz Abbas Khan and Naseeruddin Shah. She is the grand-niece of the prominent Indian writer Khushwant Singh.

Talking about the relationship status of Chopra, she is married to Capt. Sanjay Chopra who is a pilot with Air India. They have one daughter, Tara and live in Mumbai. She works with several NGOs, supporting education and women’s rights.

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