Nandita Das is an actor and director with real social cred. Armed with a master’s in social work, she made her way into the world of film, looking at it as a medium that really enabled her to spread her message. In the sphere of social work, she is best known as the face of the Dark is Beautiful and its successor, India’s Got Colour, campaigns. Das has consistently spoken out against “colorism” in India, expressing surprise and disappointment at the fact that in a country of largely dark-skinned people, we still put a premium on fairness. Additionally, Das has directed a 90-second public interest film on rainwater harvesting for the Centre for Science and Environment, acted in a documentary called “A Drop of Life” that promotes water literacy, and spoken out against the cutting down of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Forest.