NILF 2015 will see yet another famous actor who stands apart and has a niche fan following. Nandita Das, born to a father, who is a noted painter, perhaps was destined at birth to make a career, where creativity in some form would be her constant companion. And how well it has turned out. As an actress she is known for films like Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000), The Rains (2007) amongst others.
It is clichéd that actors who have a background in theatre, are usually a notch above their contemporaries when it comes to acting abilities. There have been enough examples to substantiate this claim, and Nandita, who started her acting career with the theatre group Jana Nata Manch, is a worthy member of such a hallowed group. In addition, she has also made a successful attempt at directing (Firaq).
Outside of films she is known for her philanthropic activities. She has supported a whole range of causes, from women’s empowerment to AIDS. She was appointed as the chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India in 2009. Hugely to her credit, she has acted in regional films with equal aplomb and worked with famous directors like Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Deepa Mehta, Mani Ratnam and others.
Nandita Das has travelled to over 50 festivals, winning much appreciation from critics, audiences and has won over 10 international awards and 10 within the country. Again, yet another high achiever who will be there at NILF sharing her thoughts, ideas for the new generation and what it is to have the courage to act differently.