Nandita Das

Actor, writer, filmmaker and producer, Nandita Das, set up Nandita Das Initiatives (NDI) in 2016. It is a creative platform that produces cinema with a conscience

Nandita Das Initiatives (NDI)

I had been directing, acting, writing and producing films for a while, so I thought it was time to set up a creative platform that would allow me more independence in producing films and other creative endeavours.

My small team and I want to tell compelling stories that are authentic and local in their context but with a universal resonance. NDI’s first venture was Manto, a film about the life and works of the Urdu writer of the 40s, Saadat Hasan Manto. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and has been streaming on Netflix.

In 2019, NDI produced a short music video called India’s Got Colour about the skin colour bias in India. I’ve personally been advocating the cause for many years and felt this would further the conversation. Many eminent actors supported it - Radhika Apte, Swara Bhasker, Ratna Pathak Shah, Divya Dutta, Tillotoma Shome, Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey among others. In 2020, during the pandemic, NDI made a 7 min film, Listen to Her, that dealt with domestic violence and the workload that women suffered during the lockdown. It was supported by UNESCO, UN Women, UNICEF and the South Asia Foundation.

NDI’s most recent production is the feature film, Zwigato, that is presented by Applause Entertainment and NDI. In 2022, Zwigato had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), its Asian premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and its Indian premiere at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). Zwigato released on 17th March 2023 in India and overseas.






Virata Parvam


Director: Udugula Venu

Language: Telugu

Character Name: Shakuntala

Key Cast: Kundan Alexzed, Chakrapani Ananda, Banerjee

Feastivals and Awards: NA

Film Stills: 9

BTS: 11