Nandita Das

Actress & Film Director Arles 2018

Arles 2018

Nandita Das played in more than 40 movies in 10 different languages. She made her debuts as a director with her movie “Firaaq” in 2008.  This movie, rewarded in numerous festival in India and beyond, was acclaimed by both the critics and the public. Nandita also played, wrote and directed the theatre play “Between the Lines” in 2012. She was member of the Cannes Festival jury twice (in 2005 and 2013).

She holds a Master in Social Work and passionately acts for social justice and human rights, both for women and men rights. From 2009 to 2012, she was President of the “Children’s Film Society”. Nandita received the distinction of “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from the French government. She is also the first Indian woman to have ever been introduced into the “Hall of Fame” of the International Women Forum. She was selected as “World Yale Fellow” in 2014.

Her second movie, “Manto,” is based on the life and work of Saadat Hasan Manto, one of the greatest novelists in southeastern Asia. The movie was presented at the Cannes Festival and was the only Indian movie to be selected in 2018, in the official selection.

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