Anasuya Sengupta: Breaking barriers and making history as she becomes first Indian to win best actress at Cannes

Anasuya Sengupta is a Goa-based production designer who previously worked in Mumbai.

Anasuya Sengupta made history when she became the first Indian to receive a top acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Anasuya won the Best Actress award at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard division for her portrayal in Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov’s film The Shameless. The film also stars Mita Vashist.

The actress, who now resides in Goa, previously worked as a production designer in Mumbai. According to media sources, Anasuya worked on the set design for Masaba Gupta’s Netflix show, Masaba Masaba. She also worked as a production designer for Srijit Mukherjee’s Forget Me Not for Netflix’s Satyajit Ray anthology, which was released in 2021.


The actress is originally from Kolkata, and she studied at Jadavpur University. After reviewing her Facebook posts, the director of The Shameless surprised her by asking her to send an audition tape. That was the beginning of her acting career.

Anasuya has over 4,600 Instagram followers, and she frequently posts photos and videos from her professional and personal life.

Anasuya expressed her gratitude to “the queer community and other marginalised communities for so bravely fighting a fight they really shouldn’t have to” when she received the prestigious prize. The actress concluded her brief award speech by declaring, “We don’t need to be colonised to know how very, very pathetic colonisers are.”

The film follows the narrative of a sex worker who flees a brothel in Delhi after stabbing a police officer. Anasuya plays Renuka in the movie. The Shameless also concentrates around Renuka’s love connection with Devika, played by Omara Shetty, who is originally barred from sex work due to her medical conditions.

According to reports, the film was shot in India and Nepal over the course of a month and half.