Rima Das: From a struggling actress to a  one-woman army

Rima Das 

It was only after struggling as an actress in Mumbai that Rima Das ventured into direction. After unsuccessful attempts at acting, a dejected Das returned home to Assam, but a Canon camera changed her life’s course, she tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Now her breakthrough film “Village Rockstars,” which made a great impression on the festival circuit, picked up four wins at India's National Awards. It is now the country's entry for the foreign-language Oscar.

But that’s not all. Her second feature “Bulbul Can Sing” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was showing last week at the Mumbai Film Festival. The self-taught filmmaker has been a one-woman army on her films, handling everything from scripting, cinematography, production design and editing.

Both her films focus on children: “Village Rockstars” explored the mind of a 10-year-old girl from a village who yearns to own a guitar and “Bulbul Can Sing” is the coming-of-age story of a teenager (Arnali Das) who navigates love, friendship and social norms. Both films have received high praise from critics.

Although Das is currently busy promoting “Bulbul Can Sing” and the Oscar campaign for “Village Rockstars,” she will soon come up with another gem, mostly based in her home state of Assam.

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