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Films by Mira Nair

Mira Nair is an Indian film director, actress and producer based in New York. She has won a number of awards, including a National Film Award and various international film festival awards, and was a nominee at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards and Filmfare Awards. She was also awarded the India Abroad Person of the Year-2007. In 2012 she was awarded India's third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan. This list encompasses her filmography...

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

A gritty look into the underbelly and plight of Bombay's poor street children, who call the gutters of its filthy urban streets home, this is the story of Krishna, Manju, Chillum and the other children on the streets of Bombay.

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

A story set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions, like the arranged wedding young Aditi accepts when she ends the affair with a married TV producer.

Jama Masjid Street Journal (1979)

This is Mira Nair's personal record of street life around the Jama Masjid, or Great Mosque, in the old city of Delhi, India.

Director Nair discusses her thoughts on confronting people uncertain what to make of her, a woman alone behind a camera, as she captures the flavor of "ordinary" Delhi, where ancient customs and traditional occupations continue to be practiced in the midst of a large and complex city.

So Far from India (1983)

(Documentary)

Ashok Sheth is an Indian immigrant who has come to New York to seek a better life for his family. Once here, he postpones sending for them. Money is scarce and he is growing away from the traditional life he left behind. Meanwhile, his despairing wife has lost face, dependent as she is on her in-laws for sustenance. The tension mounts when Ashok journeys to India to confront the situation.

Beautifully photographed, So Far from India makes a universal statement about uprooting, starting a new life, and the pain of those left behind.

My Own Country (1998)

"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. It's 1985, and AIDS is spreading from the big cities to the rural areas. Abraham takes AIDS as his personal crusade and is soon well-known for his compassion and non-judgmental treatment.

The Namesake (2006)

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

8 (Segment - "How can it be?") (2008)

8 shorts centered around 8 themes directed by 8 famous film directors involved and sharing their opinion on progress, on the set-backs and the challenges our planet faces today.

Mira Nair's segment "How can it be?" revolves around the subject of gender equality.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

India Cabaret (1985)

A documentary exploring the "respectable" and "immoral" stereotypes of women in Indian society told from the point of view of 2 strip-tease dancers in a cabaret house in Bombay.

Mississippi Masala (1991)

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.

The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat (1993)

The story is inspired by the assassination of Chris Hani, leader of the South African Communist Party.

The Perez Family (1995)

In an attempt to secure a sponsor, an unlikely group of Cuban refugees become a "family" as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service gives families priority over others.

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

Two girlhood friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

Hysterical Blindness (2002)

(TV Movie)
Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

September 11 ("India" segment) (2002)

The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are told from different points of view around the world.

Vanity Fair (2004)

Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

Migration (2008)

Mira Nair's Migration deals with the AIDS Virus as the great class leveler in society by following its transmission through interweaving stories linking urban and rural India.

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New York, I Love You (Segment - "Kosher Vegetarian") (2008)

Several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York.

Amelia (2009)

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.