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Mira Nair

Mira Nair

Birthday: 15 October 1957, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning ...Show more

Mira Nair
'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' is an exercise in personal healing and reconnection. There are elemen Show more 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' is an exercise in personal healing and reconnection. There are elements of my own family and me that have felt impacted by the events of the past decade. The film is an attempt, among other things, to knit the pieces back together. Not by denying the tensions that have appeared, but by illustrating the ways in which we can navigate them and be human despite them. Hide
I want to question what the outside is and who defines it. I often find those that are considered to Show more I want to question what the outside is and who defines it. I often find those that are considered to be on the outside extremely inspiring. They are the people who see through the double standards, like the kid in Salaam Bombay and the courtesan in Kama Sutra. Hide
My father was educated in Lahore, before the partition of India. When I went there in 2004, I was da Show more My father was educated in Lahore, before the partition of India. When I went there in 2004, I was dazzled by the ocean of familiarity - in terms of music, culture and food - but even more by the largeness of spirit of the people there. We are hardly ever given anything but bad news about Pakistan, and I want people to know that it has much more than one face. Hide
I am an independent film-maker first and foremost. I have always cut my own cloth. I am an independent film-maker first and foremost. I have always cut my own cloth.
I grew up in a very small town which is remote even by Indian standards. I always dreamed of the wor Show more I grew up in a very small town which is remote even by Indian standards. I always dreamed of the world. Hide
I like to be unabashed, which is an Indian trait, both emotionally and visually. It's important to h Show more I like to be unabashed, which is an Indian trait, both emotionally and visually. It's important to have a circus to play with. Hide
People ask me this, but I've never sought to be on an A-list. I've done my own thing and my own thin Show more People ask me this, but I've never sought to be on an A-list. I've done my own thing and my own thing has thankfully now brought me an audience. Hide
But if I have an obsession at all, it is with hands. I love hands and I love lips. I never cast lipl Show more But if I have an obsession at all, it is with hands. I love hands and I love lips. I never cast lipless actors. So Kenneth Branagh, no thank you. It's a weird thing but I do have these two obsessions. Hide
I would say that the audience in India is very important for me. Not for every film, of course, and Show more I would say that the audience in India is very important for me. Not for every film, of course, and certainly not for Hysterical Blindness, but for films that have come from my heart, like Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding. Hide
What is really important to me is a sense of humour and a mischief about life. Life is just too bori Show more What is really important to me is a sense of humour and a mischief about life. Life is just too boring otherwise. Hide
I always like to reveal the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And children are best at that. The Show more I always like to reveal the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And children are best at that. They teach us how to see the world in that sense. They are without artifice; they see it for what it is. I am drawn to that ruthless honesty. Hide
I was seen as an outsider in the beginning and then an object of great envy. All the national direct Show more I was seen as an outsider in the beginning and then an object of great envy. All the national directors wanted to be international. They would come up to me and say, "If I cast Michael Caine and Sean Connery, do you think this will make it?" There was this fascination with the international that was totally wrong-headed. Hide
I guess that would be Indian, in a way. We are used to no privacy. We are used to a lot of people in Show more I guess that would be Indian, in a way. We are used to no privacy. We are used to a lot of people in a room, sleeping on mattresses. Hide
...I know what it's like to be in one place and dream of another. I also know what it's like to feel Show more ...I know what it's like to be in one place and dream of another. I also know what it's like to feel that nostalgia is a fairly useless thing because it is stasis. It does not take you many places. Hide
They say now in America that final cut doesn't mean anything. As Harvey Weinstein said to some film- Show more They say now in America that final cut doesn't mean anything. As Harvey Weinstein said to some film-maker, 'You can have final cut. I'll open your film in Arkansas.' Hide
Mira Nair's FILMOGRAPHY
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