Mira Nair

Mira Nair

Highest Rated: 95% Monsoon Wedding (2002)

Lowest Rated: 20% Amelia (2009)

Birthday: Oct 15, 1957

Birthplace: Rourkela, India

Born in India, filmmaker Mira Nair studied at the University of New Delhi before earning a degree in Sociology from Harvard in 1976. Based in New York City, she worked on her own independent short films, eventually winning the Best Documentary prize at the American Film Festival for India Cabaret, an investigation of Bombay's stripper subculture. In 1988, she made her feature-length narrative film debut with Salaam Bombay!, co-written by Sooni Taraporevala. An exploration of actual kids struggling to survive on the streets of Bombay, the film was nominated for Best Foreign Film by the Academy and won several festival awards, including the Camera d'Or at Cannes. In 1991, she teamed up with writing partner Taraporevala again for the romantic drama Mississippi Masala, about an Indian family moving from Uganda to the Southern U.S. to run a motel. Following the theme of immigration with her next film, The Perez Family featured a Cuban family moving to the States. In 1997, she took a brief turn toward historical epics with Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, set in 16th century India. Following the Showtime special My Own Country and the documentary short The Laughing Club of India, she made the international hit Monsoon Wedding. Focusing on an arranged marriage in New Delhi, the comedy drama won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and established Nair as an accomplished filmmaker. In 2002, she made a surprising turn to a New Jersey setting for the gritty HBO drama Hysterical Blindness, starring Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Gena Rowlands. The same year she directed a segment of the French-produced anthology film 11'09"01, featuring short films from 11 international filmmakers in response to September 11. Along with teaching at Columbia University, Nair would next direct the film Vanity Fair, based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray and starring Reese Witherspoon.


Highest Rated Movies



93% Queen of Katwe Director $8.9M 2016
No Score Yet Words with Gods Director 2014
57% The Reluctant Fundamentalist Director $0.6M 2013
20% Amelia Director $14.2M 2009
37% New York, I Love You Director $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Little Zizou Producer 2009
No Score Yet 8 Director 2009
No Score Yet Shantaram Director 2008
No Score Yet Lights, Action, Music Actor 2007
No Score Yet AIDS Jaago Director 2007
No Score Yet Migration Director 2007
86% The Namesake Producer Director $13.5M 2006
No Score Yet Still, the Children Are Here Producer 2004
49% Vanity Fair Director $16.1M 2004
No Score Yet Full Frame Documentary Shorts Director 2003
78% 11'09''01 - September 11 Director 2002
95% Monsoon Wedding Director Producer $14.1M 2002
73% Hysterical Blindness Director 2002
No Score Yet Bollywood Calling Mira 2000
No Score Yet My Own Country Director Producer 1998
40% Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Producer Director Screenwriter 1996
65% The Perez Family Woman Buying Flowers Director 1995
81% Mississippi Masala Director Producer 1st Gossip 1991
93% Salaam Bombay! Producer 1988
No Score Yet So Far From India Director 1983


No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
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