I wanted to adopt since I was a teenager: Nandana Sen
Not long ago, Nandana Sen was known for her repertoire as an actress. But very soon, he changed his approach to being a screenwriter, children's author and child rights activist and said goodbye to the screen. In Bangalore, recently, Nandana told us about adoption and being an adoptive father. You are the mother of a six-year-old daughter, whom you adopted. How has your trip been so far as an adoptive mother?
The trip for each mother is, in the end, the same. Yes, I work passionately in several fields that matter to me, but nothing in the world is more important to me than my identity as a mother. Adopting was a true blessing in my life and it has been a transformative journey for me. Being able to fill your home with that kind of joy and give a child what he needs most, which is love and care, is the most powerful gift he could have received.
While adoption is something that many more people are opening to, many end up with cold feet due to the elaborate process and other problems. what do you think about it?
I knew I wanted to adopt since I was a teenager. I wanted to create a family by bringing a child home. It was never a problem with my family side, since I talked about it from the beginning. My family has supported me a lot. My sister also adopted a daughter, my niece Hiya. My husband, John, has been a very involved and active father and the bond he has with our daughter Meghla is beautiful.
You left one of your passions, the movies, to pursue other interests. Would you consider going back to the movies or maybe writing a script for adoption? I will always be passionate about movies as a medium, and I love writing scripts. I am sure that I will return to the cinema once my daughter is a little older. But right now, between having three full-time occupations: writing, maternity and defending the rights of the child, I honestly don't have time to miss anything.
What is your opinion about the current cinema and the space that you give to female characters, considering that you did some very atypical roles in your film career?
Although there is abundant talent and passion, even today, women have to fight harder than men to make a place, especially as directors. That is why there are notoriously fewer female directors worldwide. The film industry, whether in India or around the world, has to fill a large gender gap to open both to female directors and actors.