Chat Nandita Das gets candid about independent cinema
“Iam too much of a workaholic, I enjoy doing my work but often we don't realise how privileged we are, we get cosy in our own bubble thinking that is the only life, well it isn't…,” says the 40-something actress and social worker, Nandita Das. Her days of social work, she claims were her biggest experiences, she feels that it kept her grounded and gave a her footing. “I have been so privileged to have worked with so many people who have dedicated their lives to making a change and given a chance they will do it all over again… and they are my true inspiration — those countless nameless faces I have worked with…”
Nandita tells us that heading the Children's Film Society of India is keeping her on her toes. Talking about mainstream cinema, Nandita is rather impressed. She feels that mainstream Indian cinema is changing, with boundaries being pushed. “What we call Bollywood has films with form and content. When you have the freedom to experiment and share new stories differently, that is when you expand the language of cinema,” she says. However, even though things look bright for the industry, she believes that economics often interfere with the art a lot more in India than other countries. “It's always been about being commercially viable. I suffered from that in my own directorial debut, Firaaq . People liked the film but wouldn't want to put money in it,” she adds. “Let there be space for independent cinema to thrive or survive,” she says.