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Nandita Das
Actor & Director

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. Her directorial debut in 2008 was Firaaq which brought her many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Manto, Nandita’s second directorial film premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival and can be watched on Netflix. Her first book Manto & I chronicles her 6-year-long journey of making the film. Nandita was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for social justice. She has been supporting the campaign, ‘Dark Is Beautiful’ and to further the conversation, she directed and produced a short in 2019, called India’s Got Colour. During the lockdown, Nandita wrote, directed, produced and acted in a 7min. film called, Listen to Her, which shed light on the increase in domestic violence and overburden of work that women faced during the pandemic. Her third directorial venture, Zwigato explores the life of a food delivery rider and his family. The film is produced by Applause Entertainment and Nandita Das Initiatives. After premiering at various festivals, it will be released in India on 17th March 2023. 

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