Nandana Sen is an Indian actress, screenwriter, children’s author and child-rights activist. Her first vehicle in
Bollywood was the Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005) in
which she played the role of Rani’s 17-year-old younger sister. Sen gave a highly proclaimed performance in
the role and the film was applauded by both audience and critics, earning her a nomination for Breakthrough
Performance of the Year. Time Magazine (Europe) selected the film as one of the 10 Best Movies of the Year
2005 from across the globe.
After teaming up on a succession of projects with Indian directors including Ram Gopal Varma and Ketan
Mehta, Sen signed for one of the principal roles in the jarring, terrorist-themed American drama The War
Within (2005) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and, in the process, both made a
name for herself and began to cultivate a reputation for being drawn to offbeat, challenging, and demanding
roles, often with a social or political theme.
Sen married John Makinson, Chairman of Penguin Random House, in June 2013.
She previously dated an Indian film producer, Madhu Mantena, for few years.