Mira Nair

Mira Nair (born 15 October 1957 Bhubaneswar, Orissa ) is an Indian film director, whose adopted home is New York. Her debut feature film Salaam Bombay! won the Caméra d'Or, the Best Director Award for the best debut film at the Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for an Oscar.


Mira Nair, who lives in New York, Delhi and the Ugandan capital, Kampala, alternately, sees himself as a frontier worker " between worlds ", ie, the conditions of life and mentalities of India, Africa and the globalized Western culture. Your lies about to start tackling the unprotected, privation of life of the underprivileged to the attention of world public opinion.

Her biggest movie success, Salaam Bombay! (1988 ), tells the story of a boy from the village, who, stranded in the Indian city of Bombay, in search of work, friends and a new life, trying the zusammenzusparen 500 rupees for the journey home to his village. His experiences, not only many disappointments, oppression and fraud, but also a lot of laughter, discovery and Sichanfreunden was commercially successful and got positive reviews. For the film, Nair received on the film festival in Cannes Golden Camera for the best feature film of the competition and the audience award " Prix du Publique ". The magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed in 2009 that the main character despite the success of the film received no support and a street kid and slum dwellers remained.

Mississippi Masala (1991 ) is a breed border-crossing love story in the U.S. southern states with Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury. The feature film The Perez Family tells of the settings, necessity, characteristics and indestructible optimism of Cuban refugees who translated in the 1980s to Florida. Monsoon Wedding is a film about a chaotic extended family wedding in Punjab.

Mira Nair leads not only directed, they also often produced their own films and has established this with Mirabai Films, a production company.


In a small town in the northern Indian state of Orissa Mira Nair grew up as the youngest of three siblings of a middle class family. She attended a Catholic school. After graduating from high school in Shimla, she studied social sciences at the metropolitan Delhi University. First, a hobby she worked here for several years, the skills of a road and amateur theater actress. As a 19 -year-old, she went with an acquired due to corresponding performance records scholarship to Harvard. There she met her first husband, photographer Mitch Epstein, know. Three years later, she presented her first film, Jama Masjid Street Journal. For the last of four in this experimental series, India Cabaret she got in 1985 the prize for the best documentary of the American Film Festival. It is a from many angles artfully assembled portrait of strippers at a nightclub in Mumbai.

Internationally known Nair was only in 1988 with Salaam Bombay! , Which won the Caméra d' Or and the Audience Award at the film festival in Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and César and Golden Globe Award. In German cinemas and two of her next film, Mississippi Masala (1991) and Kama Sutra (1996 ) were to be seen. For Monsoon Wedding she received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. In 2002 she was a member of the Berlinale jury. 2012 Mira Nair was awarded the Padma Bhushan Indian State Order. In the same year, it opened with the running out of competition literary adaptation The Reluctant Fundamentalist the 69th International Film Festival of Venice.

Nair in 1981 divorced from her first husband. Her second husband Mahmood Mamdani, a professor, she got to know in 1988 in Uganda, that was staying there doing research for her film Mississippi Masala. In 1991 she had a son. She currently lives with her family in Kampala and New York, where she also teaches at Columbia University.