Mira Nair

Director, Writer, Producer

Mira Nair began her artistic career as an actor before turning her attention to film. She has found success as a documentary filmmaker, winning awards for So Far From India and India Cabaret. In 1988, Nair’s debut feature, Salaam Bombay!, was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It also won the Camera D'Or (for best first feature) and the Prix du Publique (for most popular entry) at the Cannes Film Festival as well as 25 other international awards. 

Nair’s other films include Mississippi Masala, which won three awards at the Venice Film Festival including Best Screenplay and The Audience Choice Award; The Perez Family, about an exiled Cuban family in Miami; the sensuous Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, which she directed and co-wrote; My Own Country, based on Dr. Abraham Verghese's best-selling memoir about a young immigrant doctor dealing with the AIDS epidemic; The Laughing Club of India, which was awarded The Special Jury Prize in the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2000; and Monsoon Wedding, which won the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Foreign Language Film.

Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Nair joined a group of 11 renowned filmmakers, each commissioned to direct a film that was 11 minutes, 9 seconds and one frame long. In 2003, Nair produced Still the Children Are Here, an intimate documentary by Dinaz Stafford about the Garo peoples of Meghalaya, India. In that same year, Nair directed the Focus Features production of the William Thackeray classic, Vanity Fair. In 2005, Mira Nair adapted and directed Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. In January 2007, Nair directed Migration, one of four short films by acclaimed Indian film directors, to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic in India.