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Nandita Das

Nandita Das wears many hats and her fiery passion to make a difference are evident in the choices she has made in her life and work. She has acted in over 30 feature films (including Fire, Earth, Bawandar, Four Women) in ten different languages with many eminent directors like Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Deepa Mehta, Mani Ratnam and others. Firaaq, her directorial debut feature film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, and has travelled to over 50 festivals, winning much appreciation from critics and audiences and has won over 10 international awards and 10 within the country. She was a member of the main jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005, among other reputed international film festivals. She has done her Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi and continues to advocate issues of social justice and human rights. Recently the French government bestowed the award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, a very prestigious civil award on her. She is currently the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India and is committed to its vision of producing and distributing high quality films for children.

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