Cannes 2024: Anasuya Sengupta Makes History as First Indian to Win ‘Best Actress’ Award

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Cannes 2024: Anasuya Sengupta Makes History as First Indian to Win ‘Best Actress’ Award

| Updated: May 25, 2024 13:08

Actress Anasuya Sengupta has become the first Indian to win the Best Actress award at the UN Certain Regard segment of the Cannes Film Festival. 

Her role in the Bulgarian director Constantin Bojanov’s film “Shameless” earned her the award for Best Actress. The tale of the movie follows a sex worker who, after stabbing a policeman, flees from a Delhi brothel.

Anasuya dedicated the honour ‘to the queer community together with other marginalised communities across the world for bravely fighting a battle they shouldn’t have to fight.’

“You don’t have to be queer to fight for equality, you don’t have to be colonised to understand that colonising is pathetic — we just need to be very, very decent human beings,” she said in her acceptance speech. 

Anasuya, who presently resides in Goa, is mostly known for her work as a production designer in Mumbai. She was involved in creating the set design for the Netflix series “Masaba Masaba.”

Her educational journey began in Kolkata, where she studied at Jadavpur University. She debuted as an actor in the rock musical Madly Bangalee (2009), directed by Bengali filmmaker Anjan Dutt. Anasuya relocated to Mumbai in 2009, where her brother Abhishek Sengupta was working in films.

She headed towards the art department in films after struggling to secure acting roles in the city.

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