'I have been stereotyped as an art film actress'
Nandita Das, known for her award winning versatile acting, says she has been labelled as an art house film actress.Updated: Jul 27, 2007 19:04 IST
Nandita Das, known for her award winning versatile acting, said she has been labelled as a serious or art house film actress.
"Fortunately or unfortunately, I have been typecast to some extent," she said at the 9th Osian's-Cinefan film festival being held in the capital.
"For doing commercial films, an actor needs to be commercially viable and I know that I'm not commercially viable. Some amount of stereotyping has happened and if I was ambitious to have a great career, I would have been very frustrated.
"Many of my films have not been released and they are also not available on DVDs or VCDs."
The critically acclaimed film personality, who has acted in around 33 films, added that she has also contributed to her being typecast.
"I have also contributed to my being typecast. I have been acting in certain kind of roles but for me every story is different, every character is different. I think I have also lost out on good roles since I'm based in Delhi. Moreover, I don't have a secretary and I have also not circulated my phone number."
The dusky actress is now working on three films - Santosh Sivan's Before The Rains with Rahul Bose which narrates the story of an intimate relationship between an Englishman and a Malayali villager, Adoor Gopalakrishnan's next project Moonnu Pennugal and Ramchand Pakistani, one of the first independently funded films of Pakistan.
<b1>The Pakistani film narrates the story of a Hindu dalit family living on the India-Pakistan border and recounts the incident when the head of the family accidentally crosses the line of control (LoC) with his seven-year-old son and is caught for trespassing. Nandita plays the role of the man's wife.
"Somehow, I was the most experienced person on the sets of Ramchand. Their energy level and enthusiasm was of a different kind," she said. "It was a big thing for them that such a film was being made. I had a lot of comfort level with them."
The actress, who showcased her brilliant acting skills in films like Rockford, Bawandar, 1947: Earth and Fire, is also planning to direct a film. She said the scripting for the movie was almost over and some of the cast had also been selected.
"I will start shooting as soon as I manage to raise the funds," she said without revealing any further details about the film.
Nandita added that she would love to try her hands at comedy. "I would love to do a fun comedy but not for the sake of doing it."
First Published: Jul 27, 2007 18:07 IST