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Tillotama Shome
Press conference by Mrituniay Devvrat, Director of the film "CHILDREN OF WAR" Soumya Joshi Devvrat, Producer and Actress Tillotma Shome, at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2014), in Panaji, Goa.jpg
Shome at IFFI 2014
Born (1979-06-25) 25 June 1979 (age 44) [1]
Kunal Ross
(m. 2015)

Tillotama Shome (born 25 June 1979) is an Indian actress. Known for her work in several independent film productions. In 2021, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) for portraying a praiseworthy role of a house maid in the film Sir at the 66th Filmfare Awards.


Early life

Shome was born in Kolkata to Anupam and Baisakhi Shome. [3] Shome grew up all over India since her father was with the Indian Air Force. [4]


Shome went to Delhi's Lady Shri Ram College and joined Arvind Gaur's Asmita theatre group. [5] She moved to New York in the autumn of 2004 for a master's program in educational theatre at New York University, where she remained until visiting Mumbai on holiday in February 2008. Thereafter, she took up residence in Mumbai and after completing some outstanding projects in New York, she returned to India in May 2008. [6] In New York, she also taught theatre to murder convicts at a high security US prison. [7] [8]

She made her film debut as Alice in Mira Nair's feature film Monsoon Wedding , [9] and played Deepa in Shadows of Time ( Schatten der Zeit ), directed by Florian Gallenberger. She played a nun in the Australian film The Waiting City by Claire McCarthy. [7] Italo Spinelli's Gangor, based on Mahashweta Devi's novel, had her play a social worker. [10] She also worked in Qaushiq Mukherjee's Tasher Desh . [11] She played Mrs. Ahmadi in the Hindi political thriller film Shanghai directed by Dibakar Banerjee. About her performance in Shanghai Rediff wrote "Shome created one of this year's most heartbreaking performances in a Hindi film". [12]

Her other roles have included Lara in Little Box of Sweets (directed by Meneka Das), [13] Jaya in Long After (short film, directed by Afia Nathaniel) and Miraal in Butterfly (directed by Tanuj Chopra).

Her performance as a girl who is raised as a boy in Qissa won her the best actress title in the New Horizons Competition of the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). She shared the title with Norwegian actress Julia Wildschutt. [14]

Personal life

Shome is married to Kunal Ross, the nephew of Jaya Bachchan, thus making her the niece-in-law of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan.[ citation needed ]



2001 Monsoon Wedding Alice Hindi, English
2003ButterflyMiraal English Short Film
2004 Shadows of Time Deepa Bengali
2006Long AfterJaya English Short Film
Little Box of SweetsLara English
2009BoondJeevni Hindi Short Film
The Waiting City Sister Tessila English
Zamir and Preeti: A Love StoryPreeti English Short Film
Clap ClapLeena English Short Film
2010 Gangor Medha English, Bengali
2011 Turning 30 Malini Roy Hindi
2012 Shanghai Aruna Ahmedi Hindi
Tasher Desh Queen Bengali
2013Sahasi ChoriRadha Nepali Short Film
Aatma Vaishali Sinha Hindi
Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost Kanwar Punjabi
2014 The Letters Kavitha Singh English
Sold Bimla English
Children of War Bhitika Hindi [15]
Nayantara's NecklaceAlka Hindi Short Film
2015LudoShaman Bengali
2016 Budhia Singh – Born to Run Sukanti Hindi
2017 A Death in the Gunj Bonnie Bakshi English, Hindi, Bengali
Hindi Medium Education Consultant Hindi
The Song of Scorpions Lady of The Night Hindi
Union Leader Geeta Hindi
Kadvi Hawa Parvati Hindi
2018 Manto Prostitute Hindi
Sir Ratna Hindi, Marathi
2019India's Got ColourHerself Hindi Music Video
Raahgir – The Wayfarers Nathuni Hindi
2020Dheet PatangeyDevi Hindi
Angrezi Medium Immigration Consultant Hindi
Chintu Ka Birthday Sudha Tiwary Hindi
2021Deep6Mitul Bengali
2023 Lust Stories 2 Ishita Hindi Segment: The Mirror
2024 The Fable TBAHindi


2010FuturestatesSyama English Episode: Pia
2014 Monsoon Baby Shanti German TV Movie
2016Love ShotsNidhi Hindi Amazon Prime Video Episode: Fired
2020 Mentalhood Preeti Hindi ALTBalaji and ZEE5 10 episodes
2022 Delhi Crime Lata Solanki/Karishma Hindi Netflix 5 episodes
2023 The Night Manager Lipika Saikia Rao Hindi Disney+ Hotstar 7 episodes
Tooth Pari: When Love Bites Meera Hindi Netflix 8 episodes

Awards and nominations

YearAwardNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2018 Filmfare Awards A Death in the Gunj Best Supporting Actress Nominated [16]
2021 Sir Best Actress (Critics) Won [17]
2023 Filmfare OTT Awards The Night Manager Best Supporting Actress – DramaNominated [18] [19]
Delhi Crime Won
2018FOI Online Awards A Death in the Gunj Best Actress in a Supporting RoleNominated [20]
Best Performance by an Ensemble CastWon
2021 Sir Best Actress in a Leading RoleWon [21]
2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Sir Best ActressNominated [22]
2023 Delhi Crime Best Actress in a SeriesNominated [23]

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