04 December, 2020

‘We Have Opted To Tell Our Own Stories’

The versatile Nandita Das on the potential risks and pitfalls of taking the path less traveled and breaking stereotypes in Bollywood

‘We Have Opted To Tell Our Own Stories’

The versatile Nandita Das has been one of the few women who traversed a different terrain in cinema. A prototype of sorts for these new actresses. Excerpts from an interview:

What drives your decision-making when you pick a particular project?

The first thing I see is the script—what is the story told, and does it reflect some of my ­dilemmas, concerns or interests? Then of course, it’s the director. And then, it is the character that I’m being asked to portray—does it excite me, challenge me and resonate with me? Finally, it is an intangible reason of trusting vibes and the filmmaker’s intent.

What are the positives as well as the ­potential risks, pitfalls of those choices?

To choose a film is always a gamble and therefore, at least in my case, the last ­intangible reason has a fair amount of place. One has to rely on whatever information is available before the project.

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