Mira Nair

Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957) is an Indian film director and producer based in New York. Her production company is Mirabai Films. She was educated at Delhi University and Harvard University. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay! (1988), won the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival and also earned the nomination for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She used the proceeds of the film, to establish an organization for street children, called the Salaam Baalak Trust in India. She often works with longtime creative collaborator, screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala, whom she met at Harvard. She has won a number of awards, including a National Film Award and various international film festival awards, and was a nominee at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards and Filmfare Awards. She was also awarded the India Abroad Person of the Year-2007, which was presented by Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCo, Inc, and India Abroad Person of the Year-2006. Her most recent films included Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon, The Namesake, and Amelia. Description above from the Wikipedia article Mira Nair, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

Tara and Maya are two inseparable friends in India. Their tastes, habits, and hobbies are the same. Years later, the two have matured, but have maintained their friendship. Tara gets married to the local prince, Raj Singh, who soon succeeds the throne as the sole ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Indira Varma  •  Sarita Choudhury  •  Ramon Tikaram  •  Naveen Andrews

Tara and Maya are two inseparable friends in India. Their tastes, habits, and hobbies are the same. Years later, the two have matured, but have maintained their friendship. Tara gets married to the local prince, Raj Singh, who soon succeeds the throne as the sole ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Indira Varma  •  Sarita Choudhury  •  Ramon Tikaram  •  Naveen Andrews

Mississippi Masala (1991)

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Sarita Choudhury  •  Roshan Seth  •  Sharmila Tagore

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Sarita Choudhury  •  Roshan Seth  •  Sharmila Tagore

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

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As the romantic monsoon rains loom, the extended Verma family reunites from around the globe for a last-minute arranged marriage in New Delhi. This film traces five intersecting stories, each navigating different aspects of love as they cross boundaries of class, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Naseeruddin Shah  •  Lillete Dubey  •  Vijay Raaz  •  Tillotama Shome

As the romantic monsoon rains loom, the extended Verma family reunites from around the globe for a last-minute arranged marriage in New Delhi. This film traces five intersecting stories, each navigating different aspects of love as they cross boundaries of class, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Naseeruddin Shah  •  Lillete Dubey  •  Vijay Raaz  •  Tillotama Shome

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

The daily lives of street children living in slums and back alleys in Bombay  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Shafiq Syed  •  Nana Patekar  •  Hansa Vithal  •  Chanda Sharma

The daily lives of street children living in slums and back alleys in Bombay  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Shafiq Syed  •  Nana Patekar  •  Hansa Vithal  •  Chanda Sharma

The Namesake (2006)

After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of their native India and blending into American culture. Although parents Ashoke and Ashima are proud of the sacrifices they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Kal Penn  •  Tabu  •  Irrfan Khan  •  Sahira Nair

After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of their native India and blending into American culture. Although parents Ashoke and Ashima are proud of the sacrifices they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Kal Penn  •  Tabu  •  Irrfan Khan  •  Sahira Nair

Vanity Fair (2004)

Beautiful, funny, passionate, and calculating, Becky is the orphaned daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl. She yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises and resolves to conquer English society by any means possible. A ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  James Purefoy  •  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Romola Garai

Beautiful, funny, passionate, and calculating, Becky is the orphaned daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl. She yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises and resolves to conquer English society by any means possible. A ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  James Purefoy  •  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Romola Garai

11'09''01 September 11 (2002)

Filmmakers from all over the world provide short films – each of which is eleven minutes, nine seconds, and one frame of film in length – that offer differing perspectives on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn  •  Alejandro González Iñárritu  •  Shohei Imamura  •  Ken Loach  •  Amos Gitai  •  Danis Tanović  •  Mira Nair  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Samira Makhmalbaf  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Idrissa Ouedraogo
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Maryam Karimi  •  Emmanuelle Laborit  •  Jérôme Horry

Filmmakers from all over the world provide short films – each of which is eleven minutes, nine seconds, and one frame of film in length – that offer differing perspectives on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn  •  Alejandro González Iñárritu  •  Shohei Imamura  •  Ken Loach  •  Amos Gitai  •  Danis Tanović  •  Mira Nair  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Samira Makhmalbaf  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Idrissa Ouedraogo
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Maryam Karimi  •  Emmanuelle Laborit  •  Jérôme Horry

Hysterical Blindness (2002)

Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Justin Chambers

Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Justin Chambers

My Own Country (1998)

An East Indian physician works with AIDS patients as an epidemic of the disease hits in Tennessee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Naveen Andrews  •  Glenne Headly  •  Hal Holbrook  •  Swoosie Kurtz

An East Indian physician works with AIDS patients as an epidemic of the disease hits in Tennessee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Naveen Andrews  •  Glenne Headly  •  Hal Holbrook  •  Swoosie Kurtz

Migration (2008)

One of a four-film series on the AIDS epidemic in India, this film examines the virus as Indian society's great class leveler, following its transmission through interweaving stories that link urban and rural India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Shiney Ahuja  •  Tinnu Anand  •  Raima Sen  •  Ashok Beniwal

One of a four-film series on the AIDS epidemic in India, this film examines the virus as Indian society's great class leveler, following its transmission through interweaving stories that link urban and rural India.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Shiney Ahuja  •  Tinnu Anand  •  Raima Sen  •  Ashok Beniwal

Femme (2013)

A documentary featuring interviews with 100 influential women from around the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emmanuel Itier
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Joanna Angel  •  Gloria Steinem

A documentary featuring interviews with 100 influential women from around the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emmanuel Itier
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Joanna Angel  •  Gloria Steinem

Words with Gods (2014)

The first of four installments in the groundbreaking Heartbeat of the World anthology film series. Comprised of several short films by some of the world's most exciting directors, Words with Gods follows the theme of religion - specifically as it relates to an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bahman Ghobadi  •  Álex de la Iglesia  •  Emir Kusturica  •  Amos Gitai  •  Warwick Thornton  •  Hideo Nakata  •  Guillermo Arriaga  •  Mira Nair  •  Héctor Babenco
CAST:  Miranda Tapsell  •  Chico Diaz  •  Tanuja  •  Masatoshi Nagase

The first of four installments in the groundbreaking Heartbeat of the World anthology film series. Comprised of several short films by some of the world's most exciting directors, Words with Gods follows the theme of religion - specifically as it relates to an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bahman Ghobadi  •  Álex de la Iglesia  •  Emir Kusturica  •  Amos Gitai  •  Warwick Thornton  •  Hideo Nakata  •  Guillermo Arriaga  •  Mira Nair  •  Héctor Babenco
CAST:  Miranda Tapsell  •  Chico Diaz  •  Tanuja  •  Masatoshi Nagase

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Kate Hudson  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Liev Schreiber

In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Riz Ahmed  •  Kate Hudson  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Liev Schreiber

So Far from India (1983)

Via the New York Times: "...film examines the marriage of Ashok Sheth and his wife, Hansa. Ashok moved to New York only days after the wedding, to a woman he barely knew; the match was arranged in the traditional way. Now Ashok sells magazines in a subway station ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST: 

Via the New York Times: "...film examines the marriage of Ashok Sheth and his wife, Hansa. Ashok moved to New York only days after the wedding, to a woman he barely knew; the match was arranged in the traditional way. Now Ashok sells magazines in a subway station ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST: 

Lights, Action, Music (2007)

A wonderful journey through the meaning and relevance of film music composition. Featuring great, albeit brief, insights from some of the modern greats.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Lieberstein
CAST:  John Barry  •  Rachel Portman  •  Mira Nair  •  Spike Lee

A wonderful journey through the meaning and relevance of film music composition. Featuring great, albeit brief, insights from some of the modern greats.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Lieberstein
CAST:  John Barry  •  Rachel Portman  •  Mira Nair  •  Spike Lee

8 (2008)

8 shorts centered around 8 themes directed by 8 famous film directors involved and sharing their opinion on progress, on the set-backs and the challenges our planet faces today.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gael García Bernal  •  Jane Campion  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Wim Wenders  •  Mira Nair  •  Jan Kounen  •  Abderrahmane Sissako
CAST:  Nigist Anteneh  •  Tefera Gizaw  •  Fekadu Kebede  •  Ingvar E. Sigurðsson

8 shorts centered around 8 themes directed by 8 famous film directors involved and sharing their opinion on progress, on the set-backs and the challenges our planet faces today.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gael García Bernal  •  Jane Campion  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Wim Wenders  •  Mira Nair  •  Jan Kounen  •  Abderrahmane Sissako
CAST:  Nigist Anteneh  •  Tefera Gizaw  •  Fekadu Kebede  •  Ingvar E. Sigurðsson

Bollywood Calling (2001)

An alcoholic, cancer-ridden American film-maker decides to produce a Bollywood movie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nagesh Kukunoor
CAST:  Om Puri  •  Pat Cusick  •  Perizaad Zorabian  •  Navin Nischol

An alcoholic, cancer-ridden American film-maker decides to produce a Bollywood movie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nagesh Kukunoor
CAST:  Om Puri  •  Pat Cusick  •  Perizaad Zorabian  •  Navin Nischol

Amelia (2009)

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Richard Gere  •  Aaron Abrams  •  Ewan McGregor

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Richard Gere  •  Aaron Abrams  •  Ewan McGregor

New York, I Love You (2008)

New York, I Love You delves into the intimate lives of New Yorkers as they grapple with, delight in and search for love. Journey from the Diamond District in the heart of Manhattan, through Chinatown and the Upper East Side, towards the Village, into Tribeca, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Natalie Portman  •  Brett Ratner  •  Shunji Iwai  •  Yvan Attal  •  Shekhar Kapur  •  Allen Hughes  •  Mira Nair  •  Fatih Akin  •  Joshua Marston  •  Randall Balsmeyer  •  Jiang Wen
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Christina Ricci

New York, I Love You delves into the intimate lives of New Yorkers as they grapple with, delight in and search for love. Journey from the Diamond District in the heart of Manhattan, through Chinatown and the Upper East Side, towards the Village, into Tribeca, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Natalie Portman  •  Brett Ratner  •  Shunji Iwai  •  Yvan Attal  •  Shekhar Kapur  •  Allen Hughes  •  Mira Nair  •  Fatih Akin  •  Joshua Marston  •  Randall Balsmeyer  •  Jiang Wen
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Christina Ricci

The Perez Family (1995)

In the midst of the Mariel boat lift -- a hurried exodus of refugees from Cuba going to America -- an immigration clerk accidentally presumes that dissident Juan Raul Perez and Dorita Evita Perez are married. United by their last name and a mutual resolve to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Marisa Tomei  •  Alfred Molina  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Chazz Palminteri

In the midst of the Mariel boat lift -- a hurried exodus of refugees from Cuba going to America -- an immigration clerk accidentally presumes that dissident Juan Raul Perez and Dorita Evita Perez are married. United by their last name and a mutual resolve to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  Marisa Tomei  •  Alfred Molina  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Chazz Palminteri
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