Nandita Das is an actress and director extremely popular in art cinema differentiating from the escapist Bollywood cinema that dominated the Bollywood for long. Her screen persona in films like Bawander, Earth 1947, Fire caught regional filmmakers eyes, and she acted even in English, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Marathi, Oriya and Kannada languages too. The success of these films in Bollywood has paved the way for the development of the specialized cinema( the art- house cinema) in international film festivals that helped her to get audiences in the large cities and metro towns. She also acted in a Pakistani film, Khuda Kay Liye. This actress had never acted in films that produced a galaxy of commercial film stars. Hence, she was closely associated with Mrinal Sen,
Deepa Mehta and Mani Ratnam.
For her contribution to the world of cinema, she was bestowed with the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Letter at Paris for her contribution to art and culture. So far, she has acted in over 30 films in her career. Nandita Das was born in the Odiya and Gujrati speaking household on November 7, 1969. Her dad Jatin Daas was a popular artist in Odisha, while her mother Varsha, a writer from Gujarat. She was born in Mumbai. She had her educational degree from Delhi School of Social Work,
New Delhi. Nandita Das might not have a large population of viewers, but she has gifted the cinema world with bounty of astonishing directors and actors, Deepa Mehta,
Naseeruddin Shah who are the just the tip of the iceberg of Bollywood actors and filmmakers who have enchanted and engaged cinephiles across the globe. Even Nandita has poised to join their ranks. She has directed a movie Firaaq which was her directorial debut feature film that was showcased in 50 international film festivals and has received 20 international awards. Over the years, she has evolved not one of the most respected actors of Bollywood famous in international cinema too.
Despite her association in 30 films, she has the amazing list of credits to her name. She has managed to stay new and fresh even after acting in few Tamil(Kannathil Muthamittal), Telugu(Kamli, Bengali(Aamaar Bhuvan)movies. She has received the best actress award in Cairo film festival for her acting in a Bengali film’ Aamaar Bhuvan. Even Bawandar fetched her best actress award in Santa Monica Film Festival & Movie Awards in California.