Nandita Das won acclaim first as an actor, and is still remembered for her powerful performances in movies like Fire and Earth.
And then she won laurels for her directorial debut Firaaq.
The movie - which revolved around the Gujarat riots and its repercussions - starred Naseruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Sanjay Suri, Shahana Goswami and Tisca Chopra.
Nandita acknowledges that women face challenges in filmmaking, but that's the case in any profession.
According to her, "when you are directing, you don't see yourself as a woman. You are just directing". It's as simple as that.