Nandana Dev Sen is an actor, writer, and child-rights activist. After studying literature at Harvard and filmmaking at USC, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a model, a poetry translator, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland.
Nandana grew up in India, England, and America, and has acted in over 20 feature films from all three continents (and in multiple languages). As an ambassador and advocate, Nandana works closely with children (and grown-ups) at Operation Smile, RAHI (India's first organization for survivors of child sexual abuse), and UNICEF, to promote child protection and to fight against child abuse. Nandana frequently writes for newspapers and journals, has translated her mother Nabaneeta Dev Sen's book of poems Make Up Your Mind, and is the author of two children's books, Mambi and the Forest Fire and Kangaroo Kisses. Nandana lives in Kolkata, New York and London, and loves to eat, bike, rhyme, dance, and argue.
She was utterly fearless, didn't have to go to school, could eat very hot green chillies like they were grapes, and ran faster than all of us. We accepted her because she was better than us... But all that was a very long time ago. Now she scrubs floors and dishes every day for the Boses, the Mukherjees, and the Singhs. How can she play Holi with us?