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Director Nandita Das on her new film Manto - BBC News
Nandita Das, a film star with a social conscience, is on a mission to prove that there is life for Indian actresses outside Bollywood. More interested in exploring gritty social realism on camera than pandering to the Mumbai movie scene, her roles have ranged from revolutionary communist in 's "Lal Salaam" to keeper of a children's graveyard in "Maati Maay" Das describes acting as "my journey, not my goal" and claims it is "a very little part of my life. She hit the headlines with director Deepa Mehta for the films "Fire" and "Earth" , which garnered her criticism from some quarters for portraying India in an unflattering light. The subject matter a lesbian affair in "Fire" and child marriage in "Earth", which saw Das undergo a harrowing gang rape scene proved so inflammatory that the third in the series, "Water", had to be abandoned when the sets were destroyed and effigies of Mehta burnt.
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Nandita Das born is an Indian actor and director. She has acted in over 40 feature films in ten different languages. Her directorial debut Firaaq , premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and traveled to more than 50 festivals, winning more than 20 awards. Her second film as a director was Manto