By Utpal Borpujari
Acclaimed film actress-cum-director Nandita Das will be next chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI).
After Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini and Nafisa Ali, Das will be one more prominent woman film personality to head the body mandated to promote children’s cinema in India.
While an official announcement regarding Das’ appointment is yet to be made, Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told Deccan Herald that the actress had agreed to take up the position.
Das, who has left for South Africa to participate in the Durban International Film Festival, confirmed the development. “It means lot of responsibility. I hope I can make some difference as the need to make and distribute good quality films for children is huge,” she told Deccan Herald.
The position of CFSI’s chairperson had fallen vacant when incumbent Nafisa Ali resigned to contest the last Lok Sabha polls from Lucknow on a Samajwadi Party ticket as a replacement candidate for Sanjay Dutt who did not get clearance from the courts to fight elections.
Das, who has acted in a large number of critically-acclaimed films, recently made her debut as a director with “Firaaq”, a sensitive film with the backdrop of Gujarat riot aftermath and exploring the mindset of people in times of turmoil.
A social activist too, Das has served on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago.