Indian Filmmaker Nandita Das and MANTO – Mythily Ramachandran reports (Guest Post)

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The first Indian to be inducted into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, filmmaker Nandita Das is a multi-hyphenated talent. She debuted as an actress in 1995 with EkThi Goonja and went on to work in acclaimed director Deepa Mehta’s Fire – a film that explored the lesbian relationship between two women.

With more than forty films and in ten languages, Das turned director in 2008 with Firaaq, a feature film. Her next project was a play, Between the Lines. Since her debut in 1995, Das has come a long way.

Recipient of several awards, including the French government’s ‘Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters,’ Das served on the Cannes Film Festival jury twice — in 2005 and 2013.

Manto her sophomore film was selected for screening at Cannes this year in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section. Travelling to several festivals world over, Manto is garnering praise. It was the opening film at the Singapore South Asian International Film on Oct. 5. And is now headed to London for BFI’s London Film Festival, screening on Oct. 11 and 12. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE

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