Indian-American filmmaker, Mira Nair has been responsible for portraying the different aspects of modern Indian society and the lives of South Asian immigrants, to international audiences, since the past three decades. Based in New York City, she runs a production company, Mirabai Films, and also mentors young filmmakers so that they can tell more stories through films. She has also set up a film school called Maisha Film Lab in Kampala (Uganda).
Mira herself has given us some memorable stories and is now ready to direct BBC’s upcoming adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel, A Suitable Boy. Here’s a list of her selected works, where she was at her best as a director:
Salaam Bombay (1998)
A crime-drama, the film follows the life of a boy Krishna, abandoned by his mother, who tells him that he can return home only if he can bring 500 rupees for his brother’s bicycle. The film starred Shafiq Syed, Raghuvir Yadav, Hansa Vithal and Chanda Sharma. It was nominated for an Oscar and won Gold Camera at Cannes, and several other awards and nominations.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
This comedy-drama -- with Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah and Vijay Raaz in the lead roles -- was the tale of arranged marriage in India, with each character dealing with their own worries and secrets, while making sure that the wedding preparations are top-notch.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
A drama-thriller, based on Pakistani author Mohsin’s Hamid’s book with the same title, this was the story of a Pakistani man (played by Riz Ahmed) working in Wall Street and fulfilling his American Dream, against the backdrop of the 9/11 attacks.
The Namesake (2006)
An adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake, the film told the tale of American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants (Tabu and Irrfan Khan) who refuse to let go of their traditional ways even while living in the US.
With each of these movies, Mira has revealed her fine aesthetic sense, attention to detail, focus on family values and her ability to narrate stories from a fresh perspective, making each character shine. Expectations are high from her upcoming project, A Suitable Boy, which will star Gully Boy actor, Vijay Varma