Mira Nair

1957 –
Airing Salaam Bombay! (1988) on Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 12:15 AM on TCM

Mira Nair is an Academy-Award nominated director best known for her visually dense films that pulsate with life. Her debut feature, Salaam Bombay! (1988), garnered over 25 awards, including the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. Her successes include Mississippi Masala (1991), Monsoon Wedding (2001), which won the Golden Lion, Vanity Fair (2004), The Namesake (2006), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) and Queen of Katwe (2016).

Nair has recently returned to her roots in theatre – a stage musical of her acclaimed film Monsoon Wedding sold-out at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in 2017 and opens at London’s Roundhouse Theatre in Summer 2021. Nair has just completed directing a six-hour series of Vikram Seth’s magnum opus A Suitable Boy for BBC and Netflix. An activist by nature, Nair founded Salaam Balak Trust for Indian street children in 1999, and Maisha Film Lab in East Africa in 2004, a free school to train film makers in the African continent. In 2012, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour for her work in arts and culture.

Select Filmography

Mississippi Masala (1991)
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
The Namesake (2006)
Queen of Katwe (2016)