Nandita Das

Nandita Das is an actor and director, one of the leading figures in the Indian film industry. She has acted in more than 40 feature films in ten different languages. Das has been acclaimed for numerous performances, including in Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Azhagi (2002), Kamli (2006), and Before The Rains (2007). Her directorial debut was with Firaaq (2008), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, traveled to more than 50 festivals, and won more than 20 awards.

2

Aks (2001)

On the trail of an underworld contract killer, a dedicated police officer is thrust into a battle between good vs evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Manoj Bajpayee  •  Raveena Tandon  •  Nandita Das

On the trail of an underworld contract killer, a dedicated police officer is thrust into a battle between good vs evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Manoj Bajpayee  •  Raveena Tandon  •  Nandita Das

Earth (1998)

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Nandita Das  •  Maia Sethna  •  Rahul Khanna

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Nandita Das  •  Maia Sethna  •  Rahul Khanna

Fire (1997)

In a barren, arranged marriage to an amateur swami who seeks enlightenment through celibacy, Radha's life takes an irresistible turn when her beautiful young sister-in-law seeks to free herself from the confines of her own loveless marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Shabana Azmi  •  Javed Jaffrey  •  Kulbhushan Kharbanda

In a barren, arranged marriage to an amateur swami who seeks enlightenment through celibacy, Radha's life takes an irresistible turn when her beautiful young sister-in-law seeks to free herself from the confines of her own loveless marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Shabana Azmi  •  Javed Jaffrey  •  Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Fast pacedSuspensefulClassicCute

A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mani Ratnam
CAST:  R. Madhavan  •  Simran  •  P. S. Keerthana  •  Nandita Das

A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mani Ratnam
CAST:  R. Madhavan  •  Simran  •  P. S. Keerthana  •  Nandita Das

Provoked: A True Story (2007)

Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jag Mundhra
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Naveen Andrews  •  Nandita Das

Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jag Mundhra
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Naveen Andrews  •  Nandita Das

Kamli (2006)

Kamli was actually inspired by a K.N.T. Sastry's award winning documentary harvesting babies. K.N.T. Sastry wanted to make a feature film based on the documentary about the plight of tribal women selling their babies for a pittance. He actually contacted and wanted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  K.N.T. Sastry
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Tanikella Bharani  •  Shafi  •  L. B. Sriram

Kamli was actually inspired by a K.N.T. Sastry's award winning documentary harvesting babies. K.N.T. Sastry wanted to make a feature film based on the documentary about the plight of tribal women selling their babies for a pittance. He actually contacted and wanted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  K.N.T. Sastry
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Tanikella Bharani  •  Shafi  •  L. B. Sriram

Neerparavai (2012)

A skeleton is found at the home of Esther (Nandita Das), whose fisherman husband Arulappasamy (Vishnu) has been missing for the past 25 years. Esther confesses that it was she who murdered her husband but when Agnes (Varsha), the cop assigned to the case, lends a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seenu Ramasamy
CAST:  Vishnu Vishal  •  Sunaina  •  Nandita Das  •  Samuthirakani

A skeleton is found at the home of Esther (Nandita Das), whose fisherman husband Arulappasamy (Vishnu) has been missing for the past 25 years. Esther confesses that it was she who murdered her husband but when Agnes (Varsha), the cop assigned to the case, lends a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seenu Ramasamy
CAST:  Vishnu Vishal  •  Sunaina  •  Nandita Das  •  Samuthirakani

Kagaar (2003)

Naive, simple-minded, and illiterate Bhaskar Sarnaik (Amitabh Dayal) comes to Bombay from his far-off village, to look for his missing brother, Raghuvir. He comes in contact with Sub-Inspector Gokhale (Om Puri), who feels sorry for him, and not only offers to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  N. Chandra
CAST:  Om Puri  •  Nandita Das

Naive, simple-minded, and illiterate Bhaskar Sarnaik (Amitabh Dayal) comes to Bombay from his far-off village, to look for his missing brother, Raghuvir. He comes in contact with Sub-Inspector Gokhale (Om Puri), who feels sorry for him, and not only offers to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  N. Chandra
CAST:  Om Puri  •  Nandita Das

Bas Yun Hi (2003)

Comedy - Aditya is a young man who does not believe in astrology, but when a friend makes his astrological chart and explains to him that he is fated to marry a woman whose name begins with the letter V, Aditya decides to see for himself if this is true. *Subtitles ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Menon
CAST:  Purab Kohli  •  Nandita Das  •  Rajiv Gopalakrishnan  •  Tannishtha Chatterjee

Comedy - Aditya is a young man who does not believe in astrology, but when a friend makes his astrological chart and explains to him that he is fated to marry a woman whose name begins with the letter V, Aditya decides to see for himself if this is true. *Subtitles ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Menon
CAST:  Purab Kohli  •  Nandita Das  •  Rajiv Gopalakrishnan  •  Tannishtha Chatterjee

Pitaah (2002)

A small town in rural India gets to witness a confrontation between two fathers - one a rich, powerful, influential, and cruel Zamindar Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh - who wants the man who filed a police complaint against his two sons to be killed immediately. And ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mahesh Manjrekar
CAST:  Sanjay Dutt  •  Nandita Das  •  Sachin Khedekar  •  Tanvi Hegde

A small town in rural India gets to witness a confrontation between two fathers - one a rich, powerful, influential, and cruel Zamindar Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh - who wants the man who filed a police complaint against his two sons to be killed immediately. And ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mahesh Manjrekar
CAST:  Sanjay Dutt  •  Nandita Das  •  Sachin Khedekar  •  Tanvi Hegde

Sandstorm (2000)

Shoba T. Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against child-marriage and other social evils that prevail due to general misinterpretation of the Hindu Shastras that demean women, particularly in Dhabri, a village in ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Raghubir Yadav  •  Deepti Naval  •  Rahul Khanna

Shoba T. Mathur works for the Central Government in India and her job is to create awareness against child-marriage and other social evils that prevail due to general misinterpretation of the Hindu Shastras that demean women, particularly in Dhabri, a village in ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Raghubir Yadav  •  Deepti Naval  •  Rahul Khanna

I Am (2011)

I Am is a 2011 Indian anthology film by Onir. It consists of four short films: "Omar", "Afia", "Abhimanyu", and "Megha". Each film shares the common theme of fear and each is also based on real life stories. The film was financed by donations from more than 400 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Onir
CAST:  Rahul Bose  •  Nandita Das  •  Juhi Chawla  •  Sanjay Suri

I Am is a 2011 Indian anthology film by Onir. It consists of four short films: "Omar", "Afia", "Abhimanyu", and "Megha". Each film shares the common theme of fear and each is also based on real life stories. The film was financed by donations from more than 400 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Onir
CAST:  Rahul Bose  •  Nandita Das  •  Juhi Chawla  •  Sanjay Suri

Supari (2003)

Four best friends end up owing 500,000 rupees to Mamta Sekhri, a woman involved in various underworld activities. The friends are forced to kill for money (an act called) "Supari" to pay their debt. But things begin to change when the men realize that in this game ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Padam Kumar
CAST:  Uday Chopra  •  Rahul Dev  •  Nandita Das  •  Purab Kohli

Four best friends end up owing 500,000 rupees to Mamta Sekhri, a woman involved in various underworld activities. The friends are forced to kill for money (an act called) "Supari" to pay their debt. But things begin to change when the men realize that in this game ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Padam Kumar
CAST:  Uday Chopra  •  Rahul Dev  •  Nandita Das  •  Purab Kohli

Firaaq (2009)

Firaaq is an Urdu word that means both separation and quest. The film is a work of fiction, based on a thousand stories. The story is set over a 24-hour period, one month after a campaign that took place in Gujarat, India, in 2002. It traces the emotional journey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nandita Das
CAST:  Naseeruddin Shah  •  Paresh Rawal  •  Inaamulhaq  •  Nassar

Firaaq is an Urdu word that means both separation and quest. The film is a work of fiction, based on a thousand stories. The story is set over a 24-hour period, one month after a campaign that took place in Gujarat, India, in 2002. It traces the emotional journey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nandita Das
CAST:  Naseeruddin Shah  •  Paresh Rawal  •  Inaamulhaq  •  Nassar

Mother Of 1084 (1998)

Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, devout Hindu, religious, and compassionate woman, and Brati has finished his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Govind Nihalani
CAST:  Jaya Bachchan  •  Anupam Kher  •  Joy Sengupta  •  Nandita Das

Dibyanath Chatterji, his bank-employed wife, Sujata, and only child, a son, Brati, live a middle-class existence in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, circa early 1970s. Sujata is a quiet, devout Hindu, religious, and compassionate woman, and Brati has finished his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Govind Nihalani
CAST:  Jaya Bachchan  •  Anupam Kher  •  Joy Sengupta  •  Nandita Das

This, My Land (2002)

The film depicts a place of India where people live peacefully and love each other despite the hatred and violence that scars the rest of the nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mrinal Sen
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Koushik Sen  •  Saswata Chatterjee

The film depicts a place of India where people live peacefully and love each other despite the hatred and violence that scars the rest of the nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mrinal Sen
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Koushik Sen  •  Saswata Chatterjee

Ramchand Pakistani (2008)

Based on a actual events, the story is about a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father who accidentally cross the border into India from their village in Pakistan at a time of extreme war like tension between the 2 countries and end up spending 5 years in an Indian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mehreen Jabbar
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Rashid Farooqi  •  Syed Fazal Hussain  •  Hassan Niazi

Based on a actual events, the story is about a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father who accidentally cross the border into India from their village in Pakistan at a time of extreme war like tension between the 2 countries and end up spending 5 years in an Indian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mehreen Jabbar
CAST:  Nandita Das  •  Rashid Farooqi  •  Syed Fazal Hussain  •  Hassan Niazi

Before the Rains (2007)

Set in southern India in the late 1930s, this provocative tale traces the story of three people caught in an inexorable web of forbidden romance and dangerous secrets. After a British spice planter falls in love with his alluring servant, an idealistic young man ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Santosh Sivan
CAST:  Linus Roache  •  Jennifer Ehle  •  Nandita Das  •  Rahul Bose

Set in southern India in the late 1930s, this provocative tale traces the story of three people caught in an inexorable web of forbidden romance and dangerous secrets. After a British spice planter falls in love with his alluring servant, an idealistic young man ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Santosh Sivan
CAST:  Linus Roache  •  Jennifer Ehle  •  Nandita Das  •  Rahul Bose

Subho Mahurat (2003)

An actress mysteriously dies after the "Shubho Mahurat," a celebration of the first shot of the film. A journalist and her perceptive aunt investigate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rituparno Ghosh
CAST:  Sharmila Tagore  •  Rakhee Gulzar  •  Nandita Das  •  Kalyani Mandal

An actress mysteriously dies after the "Shubho Mahurat," a celebration of the first shot of the film. A journalist and her perceptive aunt investigate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rituparno Ghosh
CAST:  Sharmila Tagore  •  Rakhee Gulzar  •  Nandita Das  •  Kalyani Mandal

Four Women (2007)

A drama centered around four women at Kuttanad in Kerala's Alappuzha district.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adoor Gopalakrishnan
CAST:  Geethu Mohandas  •  Nandita Das  •  Padmapriya Janakiraman  •  Manju Pillai

A drama centered around four women at Kuttanad in Kerala's Alappuzha district.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adoor Gopalakrishnan
CAST:  Geethu Mohandas  •  Nandita Das  •  Padmapriya Janakiraman  •  Manju Pillai
2