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  • Nandita Das on how opinions about skin colors can be very hazardous

    Mumbai: Actress-filmmaker Nandita Das says the obsession with fair skin has been there in the Indian society for much longer than one can imagine. She says the messaging around skin colour can be very dangerous. The “Manto” director has time and again brought to the forefront issues surrounding societal perceptions on darker skin tones.

  • Manto: This is how much Rishi Kapoor and Javed Akhtar charged for Nandita Das’ film

    Mumbai: Celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Gurdas Maan and Javed Akhtar didn’t charge a penny for actress-filmmaker Nandita Das’ forthcoming film “Manto”. She says there is more to life than money. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto in the film, offered to do it just for “Re 1 largely for Manto and little bit” for Nandita.

  • Nandita Das’ ‘Manto’ trailer to be out on Independence Day

    Mumbai: The trailer of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s “Manto”, which is helmed by acclaimed actress-filmmaker Nandita Das, will release on digital platforms on Independence Day. “Manto”, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstoc and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, traces the life of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin will be seen bringing the character to life.

  • Nandita’s Manto headed for another film fest

    Filmmaker Nandita Das is excited that her upcoming directorial “Manto” will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where she last went with her directorial debut “Firaaq” a decade ago. “Thank you TIFF, Cameron Bailey for making ‘Manto’ a part of your first selection. Just got to know! Can’t wait to be back in Toronto after 10 long years. Last time was for ‘Firaaq’,” Nandita tweeted late on Tuesday.

  • Nandita Das to speak at Les Napoleons in France

    Mumbai: Actor-director Nandita Das will be speaking at Les Napoleons session in France’s Arles. The 48-year-old actor, known for films such as “Fire” and “1947: Earth”, will talk about the importance and relevance of truth in art and cinema.

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    Nandita Das to speak at the prestigious ‘Les Napoleons’ in France

    Nandita Das’s film, Manto, is a liberal voice in these divided, turbulent times, hence it comes as no surprise that the filmmaker has been invited to a special edition on ‘Truth’ by ‘’Les Napoleons’’ in Arles, France between 18th-21st July. An innovative communication network, “Les Napoleons” gathers players of the communications industries, culture, architecture and other fields to discuss and debate crucial issues.

  • Female actors still stereotyped in their portrayal: Actor Nandita Das

    New Delhi: Is getting sexual freedom the only way for women to be free, asks acclaimed actress and filmmaker Nandita Das as she wonders why most women-centric films only touch upon the issue of female sexuality. She says such projects undermine “many struggles that women go through and further panders to the male gaze” in an industry, where she feels murmurs about the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have been “too low”.

  • Democracy under attack in India: Actor and filmmaker Nandita Das

    New Delhi, Democracy is under threat in India with “artists, writers and rationalists” being attacked in some form or the other, says acclaimed actress and filmmaker Nandita Das, who feels conservatives and right-wing groups are increasingly becoming the country’s moral police. Be it the debate around growing intolerance in India or the agitation around the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmaavat” or the issues around “S Durga” or

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    Cannes is a big check mark on my bucket list: Actress Rasika Dugal

    Watching her film “Manto” on the big screen during its world premiere at the 71st Cannes Film Festival was “special and surreal” for actress Rasika Dugal, who says having her movie at the prestigious event marks a check out off her bucket list.

  • Nandita Das doesn’t believe in preaching

    Actor-director Nandita Das today said the aim of mainstream films is to entertain people, but, for her, engaging the audience is more important. The 48-year-old filmmaker, however, said she is not party to the idea of using the medium of cinema to “preach” and bore the masses.

  • Shashi Kapoor laid to rest in Mumbai, Big B, SRK pay last respects; see pictures

    Mumbai: Legendary Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor was cremated with state honours at the Santacruz Hindu crematorium in Mumbai. A number of Bollywood celebrities like Saif Ali Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Naseeruddin Shah, apart from family members Rishi and Randhir Kapoor, arrived at Prithvi house to pay last respects to the Shashi Kapoor.

  • Shabana Azmi wows Chicago with Signature Move

    This week Shabana Azmi was in Chicago for the screening of her new international project Signature Move, about the relationship between a Muslim lesbian wrestler and her conservative Pakistani mother played by Shabana.

  • Nandita Das is against film censorship

    Actor-director Nandita Das says the society will not move forward if the kind of policing done by a body like the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) continues.Nandita had faced problems from the censor board for her film “Firaaq”. Of late, the CBFC has been in news for ordering 48 cuts in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s “Babumoshai Bandookbaaz”.

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a scene stealer!

    A lot of reasons explain why Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. About a week ago, the actor was mobbed at Times Square, New York, once he landed there for the promotion of his upcoming action thriller, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.

  • Clean and Clear! 12 actresses who went bald for their roles!

    Actresses can go to lengths to fulfil challenging roles. They are not restricted to doing romantic scenes in a chiffon sari etc. They are always ready to experiment with their appearance in the film. Recently, Jennifer Winget went bald for the upcoming track of the show ‘Beyhadh’. She plays the role of ‘Maya’. The show is taking a third leap where Maya will be seen in Ashram with saints.