Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. Her directorial debut in 2008 was Firaaq, which won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for social justice and human rights. Nandita has been passionately supporting the campaign against colour bias, called ‘Dark Is Beautiful’, which she relaunched as ‘India’s Got Colour’ in 2019. She was conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government and was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Women’s Forum. She was also selected as a World Yale Fellow in 2014. Nandita was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society and wrote a monthly column for 8 years in the Indian magazine, The Week. Manto, Nandita’s second directorial film premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival and travelled to many other festivals around the world.