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Nandita Das

Indian Film Industry
Actor & Director
Nandita Das is known to world audiences for her critically acclaimed performances as an actor
in films like Fire, Earth, Bawander, Before the Rains and many other films. She has acted in
over 30 feature films, in ten different languages, with directors of international repute like, Deepa
Mehta, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, and others. She is
known never to shy away from controversial issues and unconventional roles and has chosen to
be part of stories which she believes in, and, in her words, that need to be told.
Firaaq was her directorial debut feature film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto
International Film Festival in 2008 and then went on to many other festivals across the world.
She has attracted the attention of artists, critics and film lovers across the globe and has won
numerous awards, both as an actor and a director.
Nandita’s passion and commitment comes from her background in Human Rights. She did her
Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi and worked with various NGOs and
continues to advocate issues of social justice. She has been a featured speaker at various
universities and social forums both in India and abroad.
Nandita Das has been a member of the main jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and at the
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007. In 2008 the French government bestowed the
award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).
She is currently the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India. She wants to further its
vision of producing and distributing high quality films for children.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 12