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Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957 at Rourkela, Orissa) is an India-born, New York-based film director. She was educated at Delhi University and Harvard University. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay!, won the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for an Oscar. She often collaborates with longtime creative collaborator, screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala, who she met at Harvard. October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rourkela   is a small industrial city in the state of Orissa, India. ... Orissa   (Devanagari: उड़ीसा) is a state situated in the east coast of India. ... NY redirects here. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... University of Delhi,New Delhi The University of Delhi is a university in India. ... Harvard redirects here. ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ...

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Biography

Mira Nair was born in Rourkela[1] where her father was employed. She was the youngest of three children from a middle-class Punjabi family. Her father was a civil servant and her mother a social worker. Mira did her early schooling at Catholic schools. She studied sociology in Delhi University, where she became involved in political street theater and performed for three years in an amateur drama company. She left for the US at age 19 with a scholarship at Harvard, where she met her first husband Mitch Epstein, as well as Sooni Taraporevala . Rourkela   is a small industrial city in the state of Orissa, India. ... Punjabi (also Panjabi; in GurmukhÄ«, PanjābÄ« in ShāhmukhÄ«) is the language of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Mitch Epstein was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1952 and currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ...


At the beginning of her career as a film artist, Nair directed four documentaries. India Cabaret, a film about the lives of strippers in a Bombay nightclub, won the award at the American Film Festival in 1986. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


"Salaam Bombay, screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala, was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, and won many awards. Salaam Bombay! is a 1988 Hindi film directed by Mira Nair. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ...


Her 1991 film Mississippi Masala starred Denzel Washington and profiled a family of displaced Ugandan-Indians living and working in Mississippi. The screenplay was also by Sooni Taraporevala. Mississippi Masala (1991) is a film directed by Mira Nair, based upon a screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala. ... Denzel Jermaine Washington, Jr. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ...


"My Own Country" starring Naveen Andrews, was produced for HBO films, adapted from the novel by Abraham Verghese by Sooni Taraporevala. Naveen William Sidney Andrews (born January 17, 1969) is an Emmy-nominated British actor. ... Abraham Verghese, M.D., is a noted Doctor and Author[1]. His family originates from Kerala, India[2] and is of the group known as St. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ...


Nair's master work, Monsoon Wedding (2001), a film about a chaotic Punjabi Indian wedding, was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival. Monsoon Wedding (2001) is a film directed by Mira Nair which depicts various romantic entanglements during a traditional Punjabi wedding in Delhi. ... This article details the Indian state of Punjab. ... The Golden Lion (it: Leone dOro) is the name of the highest prize given to a film at the Biennale Venice Film Festival. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ...


Her 2004 version of Thackeray's novel, Vanity Fair, starred Reese Witherspoon. William Makepeace Thackeray William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. ... Tagline: Vanity Fair is a 2004 drama/romance film, directed by Mira Nair. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976), known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


Her latest film, The Namesake, premiered in the fall of 2006 at Dartmouth College where Ms. Nair was presented with the Dartmouth Film Award. The Dartmouth Film Award, established in 1979, honors outstanding contributors to film and filmmaking. Previous winners have included Johnny Depp, Robert Redford, Liv Ullman, Ken Burns, Ang Lee, Glenn Close, and Meryl Streep. The Namesake, adapted from the novel by Pulitzer prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri by Sooni Taraporevala, will be released in March of 2007. The Namesake (2007) is a film which will receive a limited release in the United States on March 9, 2007. ... Dartmouth College is a private academic institution in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ... Jhumpa Lahiri Vourvoulias (born Nilanjana Sudeshna in 1967) (Bengali: ঝুম্পা লাহিড়ী Jhumpa Lahiŗi) is a contemporary Indian American (Bengali) author based in New York City. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ...


Her latest project is Maisha, a film lab to help East Africans and South Asians learn to make films. Maisha is headquartered in Nair's adopted home of Kampala, Uganda.  Eastern Africa (UN subregion)  East African Community  Central African Federation (defunct)  geographic, including above East Africa or Eastern Africa is the easternmost region of the African continent, variably defined by geography or geopolitics. ... Composite satellite image of the Indian subcontinent Map of South Asia. ... Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. ...


In fall of 2007, Nair will begin production on the big-budget Johnny Depp-starrer Shantaram in India, the U.K. and possibly Australia. Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II [2] on June 9, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actor. ... Shantaram is a novel written by Gregory David Roberts, an Australian who escaped from Pentridge Prison and escaped to India where he lived for 10 years. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and a member of the European Union. ...


She is also preparing Gangsta M.D.. This film will be a remake of the Bollywood blockbuster, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., a film in the Munna Bhai series. Gangsta M.D. (2007) is an upcoming film directed by Mira Nair . ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. ... Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. is a Bollywood movie released in India in 2003. ... A poster of the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai; Munna Bhai is driving the bike Munna Bhai is a character from the popular Bollywood series of films directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vinod Chopra Productions: Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). ...


Nair lives near Columbia University in New York City where she is an adjunct professor in the Film Division of the School of Arts and where her husband, Professor Mahmood Mamdani, also teaches ([1]). Columbia University is a private research university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Columbia University School of the Arts , also known simply as the School of the Arts or as SoA, is the division of the university that offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Film, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, and Writing. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


Filmography

Shantaram is an upcoming film based on the bestselling novel Shantaram written by Gregory David Roberts. ... Shantaram is the 2003 novel written by Gregory David Roberts, a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison and escaped to India where he lived for 10 years. ... Gangsta M.D. (2007) is an upcoming film directed by Mira Nair . ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. ... Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. is a Bollywood movie released in India in 2003. ... The Namesake (2007) is a film which will receive a limited release in the United States on March 9, 2007. ... Tagline: Vanity Fair is a 2004 drama/romance film, directed by Mira Nair. ... ... Hysterical Blindness is a made-for-HBO movie by Mira Nair and starring Gena Rowlands, Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis and Ben Gazzarra. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Monsoon Wedding (2001) is a film directed by Mira Nair which depicts various romantic entanglements during a traditional Punjabi wedding in Delhi. ... Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love is a 1997 motion picture. ... Dottie (Marisa Tomei) with Juan Raul (Alfred Molina) in The Perez Family The Perez Family is a comedy film released in 1995, about a group of Cuban refugees in America, who pretend to be a family. ... Mississippi Masala (1991) is a film directed by Mira Nair, based upon a screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala. ... Salaam Bombay! is a 1988 Hindi film directed by Mira Nair. ...

Literature

  • Jigna Desai: Beyond Bollywood: The cultural politics of South Asian diasporic film. New York: Routledge, 2004, 280 pp. ill. ISBN 0-415-96684-1 (inb.) / ISBN 0-415-96685-X (hft.)
  • Gita Rajan: "Pliant and compliant: colonial Indian art and postcolonial cinema". Women. Oxford (Print), ISSN 0957-4042 ; 13(2002):1, pp. 48–69.
  • Alpana Sharma: "Body matters: the politics of provocation in Mira Nair's films". QRFV : Quarterly review of film and video, ISSN 1050-9208 ; 18(2001):1, pp. 91–103.
  • Pratibha Parmar: "Mira Nair: filmmaking in the streets of Bombay". Spare rib, ISSN 0306-7971; 198, 1989, pp. 28–29.
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster: Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora: Decolonizing the Gaze, Locating Subjectivity. Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8093-2120-3

Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. ...

See also

Walter Moreira Salles Jr. ... Image:Makhmalbaf-samira. ...

References

  1. ^ Mira Nair interview with Indian Express

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Nair was quick to point out that she believes that an actor should not be pushed, he must feel truthful and perform in an atmosphere that gets him to a place he would like to explore within the character and the film.
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