Actress Nandita Das who made her Bollywood debut in 1996 with Deepa Mehta’s film ‘Fire’ sharing screen space with Shabana Azmi, has crafted a niche for herself in the Indian entertainment industry. As the beautiful lady turned a year older today, ETimes got in touch with her where she opened up about her plans to celebrate her special day with resolutions, while reflecting at her failings and wanting to be a better human.
Nandita shared, “Birthday is just another day’ is a cliche. I haven’t been celebrating it for a while, but I usually make it a day of resolutions. Reflect on things I want to do differently, I look at my failings and see how I can be a better human being. This time it’s hopefully all of that and something more! I am gifting myself some peace, time with family (after 10 long months) and digital detoxification.”
She added, “My birthday begins with my first flight in the lockdown and my family is joining me from Delhi. I can’t tell you where we are all headed to, but will share more once back. I’m taking time off from pretty much everything. In the last 10 months, I have done many online sessions and spoke about many issues that I deeply care for. I shot a 7 min film called ‘Listen to Her’ that I wrote, directed and acted in. It dealt with the rise in domestic violence and work at home for many women. It has been relentless and now I am feeling fatigued.”
On a parting note she shared, “I am not giving up on what keeps me going, but just taking some time to rejuvenate. And once back from the hiatus, I plan to dive into writing my script. Sorry, can’t tell you yet what it is about.”
Not only a celebrated actress, Nandita is also a director and activist, also known for her campaigns for social justice, gender equality and human rights.Along with path-breaking films like ‘Earth’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Bawander’, she has also been part of mainstream cinema like ‘Aks’ with Amitabh Bachchan.