Tisca Chopra (born Tisca Zareen Arora on 01 Nov 1973 at Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh) is an Indian actress, author and film producer. She has acted in over 45 feature films in different languages with many eminent directors like Aamir Khan, Prakash Jha, Madhur Bhandarkar, Abhinay Deo, Nagesh Kukunoor and Anup Singh.
‘Taare Zameen Par’, her best known feature film, was India’s official entry to the Academy Awards. It also won her Filmfare and other top nominations. Another feature film, Qissa, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, and won the prestigious NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film. The film has traveled to over 20 festivals, winning over almost all top awards and much appreciation from audiences and critics. Tisca did her Bachelors in Literature from University of Delhi and worked extensively in theatre. She has honed her craft with Naseeruddin Shah & theatre 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 & the Middle East, garnering praise from both, critics and audiences. A practicing Buddhist, she consistently works on issues especially those of gender equality, the girl child and the environment. She has worked with Sam Pitroda on the National Knowledge Commission, to help with revamping the education system.
Her book Acting Smart (Harper Collins), is a best seller and is being translated into Hindi. 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 Mid Summer Night’s Dream. . The series won Best Ensemble Cast. She’s been on the Jury of the prestigious 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 & Best Short Film). She is now developing two feature film scripts. Her upcoming projects are ‘Bioscopewala’, ‘3Dev’ & ‘The Hungry’ (which is based on the Shakespeare play “Titus Andronicus”). One of the most beautiful and stylish actresses, Tisca is often on best-dressed list and a favourite with advertisers, endorsing brands like Tanishq, Titan Eye Wear, Olay, Horlicks, Marks & Spencers, Godrej, Bajaj Motors and Kellogs.
Tisca Chopra was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh into a family of educationists. She graduated from Apeejay School, Noida, where her father was 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 works with several NGOs, supporting education and women's rights. She speaks Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali & Persian.
She is grand niece of famous writer Khushwant Singh, her great great uncle and Kushwant's father Sobha Singh, was a witness for prosecution in the 1929 Assembly Bomb Case, in which he identified and testified against Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt after they threw bombs at the Delhi assembly in 1929, subsequently, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were sentenced to death for their role in the assassination of Saunders.
Tisca Chopra (born Tisca Zareen Arora) is an Indian film actor, writer and producer known for her work in Hindi cinema. She has won two Filmfare Awards (‘Chutney (2016)- Best Actress and Best Short Film). For her role in ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (2007), her best known film, she won Filmfare and Dada Saheb Phalke nominations. ‘Rahasya’ (2015), won her The People’s Choice, Best Actress at Big Star Entertainment Awards. She made her film debut with Platform (1993), opposite Ajay Devgan. She was also starred in the hit play Dinner With Friends where character of Dia, a complex role of a failed artist. In 2004 she played the role of Prabhavati Devi in Prakash Jha's Loknayak. In 2007, she appeared in Taare Zameen Par with Aamir Khan where her performance was much lauded. She acted in Nandita Das's directorial debut, Firaaq (2008). In 2011, she appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji.
For 10ml Love, which is based on Shakespearean play Mid Summer Night's Dream, Tisca was nominated for Best Actress at the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival. Her film Ankur Arora Murder Case written and produced by Vikram Bhatt released in May 2013. Her other notable films are Anup Singh's Qissa with Irrfan Khan released in 2013 has travelled to over 20 festivals, winning over almost all top awards and much appreciation from audiences and critics and Rahasya by UVI Film Production Pvt. Ltd. She has worked in the Marathi film Highway with Umesh Kulkarni and Hindi and Tamil remakes of Marathi film Kaksparsh directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.
She acted in plays in Mumbai and soon her work was seen Feroz Abbas Khan's Mahatma vs Gandhi, All The Best and Satya Dev Dubey's Inshah Allah. She starred in Dinner With Friends, a Pulitzer Award winning play. The play and Tisca garnered a lot of praise from both critics and audiences and has traveled to many cities across the world.
Starting her Television stint with the immensely popular short film format called Star Bestsellers, Tisca starred in two popular films, ‘Ek Shaam Ki Mulaqat’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain Kya?’. This paved the way for leading parts in a popular show, Balaji Telefilms' ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii’(Star TV), ‘Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani (Zee TV)’ and ‘Sarrkkar: Risshton Ki Ankahi Kahani (Zee TV)’.She hosted a consumer grievances show on (Star News) called Main Hoon Na. Tisca hosted Prayschit - Gunahon Ke Zakhm on Sony Entertainment Television (India) where she got a chance to reveal the transformation that criminals go though after or during their prison sentence; the show has generated high TRP ratings. She recently starred in 24, a remake of the popular American series of the same name, produced by Anil Kapoor Films, directed by Abhinay Deo, which was premiered on Colors. Her intense performance was much lauded and made her a household name. The series won Best Ensemble Cast.
Tisca has appeared in advertisements for big brands like Tanishq, Titan Eyewear, Dish TV, Kelloggs-All Bran, Horlicks-Gold, and Olay.
Tisca Chopra is the grand-niece of prominent Indian writer Khushwant Singh. She is married to Capt. Sanjay Chopra who is a pilot with Air India. They have one daughter and live in Mumbai. She is a practicing Buddhist and works with several NGOs, supporting education and women's rights.
WonPeople's Choice: Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award - Taare Zameen Par
BIG Star Entertainment Awards - Best Actor (In a negative role) - Rahasya
Tisca won the “Best Actor Female” for Chutney at the Jio Filmfare Short Film Awards 2017. It’s a project she not just acted in, but also produced and co-wrote. The “Best Film” (Fiction) award also went to Chutney. Talking about the win, she told IANS, “It’s heartening to see that films that have no godfather or a big studio supporting them are also picked by a firm and fair jury. Winning for a character that is the opposite of ‘heroine material’ is what shows me that Filmfare is really looking at the art of acting in a bold and modern way”.
24, won Best Ensemble Cast at The Colors Golden Petal Awards for Best television series.
24, won Best Television series at The Indian Television Academy (ITA).
NominatedFilmfare Best Supporting Actress Award - Taare Zameen Par
Stardust Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Female) - Firaaq
Star Screen Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Female) - Taare Zameen Par
V. Shantaram Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Taare Zameen Par
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Female) - Taare Zameen Par
Indian Film Festival of New York Best Actress - 10ml Love