News|January 10, 2012 4:30 pm

Nandita Das: Working in 55 Year Old Government Structure Not Easy

Nandita Das who is working with Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) as its chairperson since two and half year, says its a challenging experience, and working in a 55 year old government structure is not easy,

her three year tenure with CFSI is about to come to an end in August, but she doesnt mind working harder in the remaining time, she says,

It is an honorary position. You do it for the love of it. The more problems that you see, the more you want to solve them. You keep getting involved,

It has been a challenging experience. Working in a government structure which has been in existence for 55 years is not easy. You get to produce quality cinema. But you have limited funds and then you have the responsibility of using public money at the end of the day,

CFSI has undergone a lot many positive changes. For instance, Gulzar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Mohan Agashe and other prominent cinema and theatre personalities have joined the executive council of the CFSI on her persuasion so that this autonomous body under ministry of information and broadcasting benefits from their expertise.

According to Nandita Das, the systemic changes are more important than person related changes, she says,

I am trying to bring systematic changes. We are making rules and regulations more contemporary, more thoughtful. The next chairperson will bring in new ideas. I think they’ll have certain things in place to take it to the next level,

An acclaimed artist for her performances in ‘Fire’, ‘Bawandar’ and ‘Maati Maay’, Nandita says working for the CFSI came naturally to her, she says,

I love being with kids. It is always so refreshing. They have the kind of honesty and purity that you crave for in today’s world and children have it in abundance,

Being critical of the cartoons that are fed to children these days, she said

We all know the standard of stuff that we import from outside, dub it and show. CFSI cannot control that but at least we can provide them with an alternative. That is what we are trying to do.