Well-established indie actor tells us a few things (and one thing not on camera or about the film and another project confirmed later…)
TANNISTHA CHATTERJEE is one of India’s best-known international actors and spoke to us at the Cannes Film Festival as she disclosed details of her first ever directorial effort.
‘Roam Rome Mein’ is a psychological drama based on a true incident at the Venice Film Festival, she told us.
The male lead is Nawazuddin Siddiqui and it also features well-known Italian actors including Valentina Corti.
Watch the video to find out more.
She also told us she has just adopted a three-year-old girl and earlier this week it was announced from the Indian Pavilion in Cannes that she will star as Phoolan Devi in a long form web series (for a streaming platform) on the life of the Indian woman villager who joined a gang of bandits following an abusive child marriage, then was gang-raped by a higher-caste group, took revenge and murdered 22 men, then ended up in a jail, and finally became an MP on release and then was assassinated in 2001.
Her remarkable story was brought to the big screen by Shekhar Kapur and Channel 4 and Indian producer Bobby Bedi in 1994. It premiered in Cannes. Bedi is now behind the latest venture and declared during a session on the project that Chatterjee was the best actor for the role and would do justice to the role Seema Biswas portrayed in ‘Bandit Queen’.
The film itself was based on a book by the late British author, Mala Sen – ‘India’s Bandit Queen – the true story of Phoolan Devi’.
In 2016 Biswas returned to Cannes with another film, ‘Yellow Bird’ – a French-Singaporean production that hit Critics’ Week that year.
ACV spoke to Biswas in Cannes in 2016 click below on the picture to view…