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Hamed Behdad, nominated Best Actor for Castle of Dreams at Imagineindia 2020

Hamed Behdad (born 17 November 1973) is an Iranian actor and singer. A popular actor in Iran, he has won the Golden Goblet for Best Actor in 2019  Shanghai International Film Festival for his role in Castle of Dreams. Hamed Behdad for the first time won Crystal Simorgh for Crime movie in 2011.

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Dainius Gavenonis, nominated Best Actor at Imagineindia for Isaac (Jurgis Matulevicius)

Lithuanian theater and cinema actor Dainius Gavenonis is a winner of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts, earlier has received awards from the Ministry of Culture, Golden Stage Cross (main Lithuanian Theatre award), Silver Crane (main cinema award), and other awards for excellent roles. Kaunas born and grown actor currently performs at Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theater and Lithuanian National Drama Theater. He plays in numerous films made in Lithuania and appears one of most used actors of his generation in cinema.

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Tillotama Shome, nominated Best Actress at Imagineindia for Sir (Rohena Gera)

Tillotama Shome is an Indian film actress. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 63rd Filmfare Awards for her role in A Death In The Gunj.

Born in Kolkata, India, Shome grew up all over India since her father was with the Indian Air Force. She went to Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College and became a part of Arvind Gaur‘s Asmita theatre group.  She moved to New York in the Autumn of 2004 for a master’s programme 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.  In New York, she also taught theatre to murder convicts at a high security US prison.

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Paulius Markevicius, nominated Best Actor at Imagineindia for Summer Survivors

Paulius Markevicius is one of the most active young generations talent in theatre and performance field. Since 2010 Paulius Markevičius is carrying the ball in many different theatre and film productions. He has established his woks in National theatres as well as independent productions in Lithuania. Monodrama “albert,WRU”( 2017 ) was nominated for Golden Cross stage award, whilst upcoming works are supported by the Ministry of Culture. His work in independent field was appreciated with Young artist prize in collaboration with Arts and Science Laboratory ( 2018 ).

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Kani Kusruti, nominated Best Actress for Biriyaani (Sajin Babu) at Imagineindia

Kani was born in ThiruvananthapuramKerala, to social activist and rationalist parents Jayasree AK and Maitreya Maitreyan. Her parents had dropped their last names to erase the social hierarchy marker that comes with last names in India. At 15, she invented her last name “Kusruti” (meaning “mischievous” in Malayalam) to fill in a requirement in her class 10th exam application. She grew up in Thiruvananthapuram, where she got introduced to the Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre, “a common platform for theatre practitioners”. She later moved to Thrissur, where she enrolled in the theatre arts program at the Thrissur Drama School, between 2005 and 2007. She completed her theatre education at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, where she studied physical theatre for two years.

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Daniyar Alshinov, nominated Best Actor for A Dark Dark Man (Adilkhan Yerzhanov) at Imagineindia

Daniyar Alshinov is a well-known Kazakh actor. His recent works were the leading parts in Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s critically acclaimed feature films “A Dark, Dark Man” (“Achievement in Directing”, Asian Pacific Screen Award-2019) and “Atbai’s Fight” (Grand-Prix at Yakutsk IFF-2020). Daniyar also played the leading part in Yerzhanov’s recently made new feature (working title “Herd Immunity”, currently in post-production). In 2020 Alshinov won “Best Actor” prize at the “Critics’ Choice”, the leading Kazakh independent film awards helmed by the Film Critics’ Association of Kazakhstan.

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Lima Das, nominated Best Actress at Imagineindia for Aamis (Bhaskar Hazarika)

Dr. Lima Das is an actor and classical dancer from Guwahati, Assam.
She made her debut in films with the critically acclaimed Assamese film ‘Aamis’ directed by Bhaskar Hazarika, winning the Best Actress awards at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (SSAIFF) 2019 and the 4th Sailadhar Baruah Film Awards. She was also felicitated with the Biju Phukan Recognition Award for Acting 2020 for her role in Aamis.

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Rozafa Celaj, nominated Best Actress for Aga,s House at Imagineindia

A 24 year old actress and director, born in Kosovo and raised by parents who are both actors. Attended seven years of professional music school, studying violin, piano, guitar and singing. Graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Prishtina University, department of TV and Film Directing. While a student Rozafa wrote, directed and produced several short film projects.

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Meryem Uzerli, nominated Best Actress for The Hive at Imagineindia

Meryem Uzerli was born in 1983, Kassel, Germany.
She moved to Hamburg to complete her education and acting training in The acting Studio Frese, before she moved to berlin to continue her Theater career.
She took a part in plays of well-known authors such as Shakespeare, Brecht , Goldoni and Büchner.

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