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Nandita Das: An actor-director with a difference

  • Published at 01:17 am November 6th, 2018
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Apart from her success as an actor, Das has directed two critically acclaimed films, Firaaq (2008) and Manto (2018)

Nandita Das is one of the leading names in the Indian film industry who stands out from the crowd with her distinct choice of politically conscious stories. Whether she’s directing or acting in a film, her choice of scripts reveals political and ideological stance. Acting in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages, Das has well established herself as a force to be reckoned with.  

Apart from her success as an actor, Das has directed two critically acclaimed films, Firaaq (2008) and Manto (2018). Both of the films deal with socio-political issues surrounding the Hindu-Muslim divide in India. A significant part of Manto is set towards the end of British rule in India, a theme explored in  films Das acted in, like Earth (1998) and Before the Rains (2007).

Nandita Das Photo: CollectedDas has never been the one to shy away from controversial films. In Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1996), she starred opposite Shabana Azmi in the first mainstream homosexual love story in India.  

In the course of her long career spanning over two decades, Das has collected many rare accolades. She twice served on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. France released a stamp featuring Das in 2009 as part of the “Women of the World” project. 

The celebrated actor and director will screen her latest film Manto at the Dhaka Lit Fest.