Mira Nair

Director, Producer
Indian born director Mira Nair began to earn critical buzz for her early documentary films, but with her feature debut "Salaam Bombay" (1988), she was catapulted into the international spotlight with Academy Award and ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1957 in Rourkela, Orissa, IN

Filmography

Director (18)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Words with Gods 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Amelia 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

8 2008 (Movie)

(segment "How it Can Be") (Director)

The Namesake 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

September 11 2003 (Movie)

(Episode 9) (Director)

Monsoon Wedding 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Laughing Club of India 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Kama Sutra 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Perez Family 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Mississippi Masala 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Salaam Bombay! 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

India Cabaret 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

So Far From India 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Hysterical Blindness (TV Show)

Director
Producer (8)

The Namesake 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Still, the Children Are Here 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monsoon Wedding 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Laughing Club of India 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kama Sutra 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mississippi Masala 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Salaam Bombay! 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

India Cabaret (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (4)

Discovery Atlas 2008 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mississippi Masala 1992 (Movie)

1st Gossip (Actor)

My Own Country (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Salaam Bombay! 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

Indian born director Mira Nair began to earn critical buzz for her early documentary films, but with her feature debut "Salaam Bombay" (1988), she was catapulted into the international spotlight with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Throughout Nair's career she made films both in the United States and in India, earning independent and film festival notoriety for the colorful family ensemble "Monsoon Wedding" (2001) and the considerably grittier "Namesake" (2006), while finding success among mainstream audiences with the interracial romantic drama "Mississippi Masala" (1992), starring Denzel Washington. The common thread throughout Nair's filmmaking career was a fascination with people on the margins of society, culminating in their struggle to both conform as well as maintain their cultural identity; a struggle that the director, herself, could no doubt relate to.

Relationships

Mitch Epstein

Husband
Met at Harvard collaborated with Nair on the films, "Salaam Bombay!" (1988) and "Mississippi Masala" (1992) divorced

Mahmood Mamdani Special Thanks

Husband
Professor of Anthropology and Political Science at Columbia University first met in 1988, when Nair went to Uganda to research for the film "Mississippi Masala" (1992)

Zohran Mamdani

Son
Born in October 1991 father, Mahmood Mamdani

Vicky Nair

Sister

EDUCATION

Delhi University

Delhi
Left at age 19 to attend school in the US

Loreto Convent Tara Hall

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1979
Attended on a full scholarship

Milestones

2009

Directed the biographical film based on the life of Amelia Earhart, starring Hilary Swank as "Amelia"

2008

Directed a short film in "New York, I Love You," a romantic-drama anthology of love stories set in New York

2006

Helmed the adaptation of "The Namesake," Jhumpa Lahiri best-selling novel about the struggles between two first generation Bengali immigrants in the US

2004

Directed an adaptation of Thackeray's novel, "Vanity Fair," starring Reese Witherspoon

2002

Joined a group of 11 renowned filmmakers, each commissioned to direct a film that was 11 minutes, 9 seconds and one frame long; Nair film was a re-telling of real events in the life of the Hamdani family in Queens, whose eldest son was missing after Septe

2002

Directed "Hysterical Blindness" for HBO; starred Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara

2001

Directed her most successful feature to date, "Monsoon Wedding," about a chaotic Punjabi Indian wedding

1999

Produced and co-directed (with Adam Bartos) the documentary, "The Laughing Club of India"

1998

Directed "My Own Country" for Showtime; was adapted from the memoir by Abraham Verghese by Sooni Taraporevala

1997

Directed the controversial feature, "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love," starring Sarita Choudhury and Naveen Andrews

1995

Directed "The Perez Family," featuring Anjelica Huston and Alfred Molina in a film about a group of Cuban refugees in America

1992

Directed second feature film, "Mississippi Masala," starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, and profiled a family of displaced Ugandan-Indians living and working in Mississippi; screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala

1988

Directed first feature, "Salaam Bombay!"; screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala; nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

1979

Made first film, "Jama Masjid/Street Journal," as student thesis at Harvard

1976

Offered scholarship by Cambridge University; turned it down in favor of Harvard

Became involved in political street theater and performed for three years in an amateur drama company in Delhi

Bonus Trivia

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Teaches at Columbia University in the Film Division of the School of Arts.

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"When I have passion for something," she says, "I'm a weirdly kind of fearless person." - Nair quoted in Time magazine, Sept. 6, 2004

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Nair filmed a 12-minute movie on AIDS awareness (funded by The Gates Foundation) called "Migration."

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