Intelligent cinema never looked so good!

The work of Nandita Das is as diverse as South Asia itself. Her roles in Deepa Mehta's controversial films earned her the name of a rogue actress; with each following movie, she gracefully rejected the status quo of mainstream South Asian cinema. Although at home she might go unrecognized, internationally, Das has earned substantial clout in the industry.

In the coming months, Das will be conferred a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her work in the arts and cinema. The award is a part of the France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a distinguished honor that recognizes those who have contributed significantly to cultural enrichment.

So what can we expect from Nandita Das next? She actually has a few interesting projects in the works. She is starring in Mehreen Jabar's Ramchand Pakistani, a film based on a true story surrounding the tensions between Pakistan and neighboring India during a time of conflict. Das is only one of a handful of Indian actors stepping into the Pakistani film industry; they are attempting to bridge the cinematic gap between the two nations.

Fans should look out for Das' directorial debut in Firaaq. The film, she says, "delves into the human psyche and explores how violence affects human relationships." My, my, intelligent cinema never looked so good.

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