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Nandita’s enthusiasm to make a difference is inevitably visible in the decisions she has taken in her personal as well as professional life. A highly renowned actress and activist, she is widely known to approach unconventional and bold roles and chooses to participate in stories and incidents that she believes need to be narrated.


She has been an acclaimed speaker at several universities and social forums of great stature and importance, both within the country as well as abroad. She patrons issues of social justice, especially those concerning women, children and oppressed communities.


Nandita finished her Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi and operated with numerous NGOs before she proceeded to work in films. She has acted in over 30 films spanning across 10 languages. She made her directorial debut with the film ‘Firaaq’ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2008 and has been displayed at more than 50 festivals, bagging over 20 awards and receiving much critical acclaim.


Among her most distinguished achievements are empanelment in the jury of Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), getting awarded the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), the highly prestigious civilian award from the French Government, and becoming the first Indian to be enlisted in the Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum.

Nandita Das

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    Understanding India

    CSR and Social Empowerment/Environment


    Management and Leadership

    Celebrities and Entertainment

    Women Speakers


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