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  Film Reviews & Movie Showtimes | Cinequest 2007 | Mira Nair | 'The Namesake'
Nair's ambitious The Namesake is her adaptation of the National Book Award-winning novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, telling of the journey of an Indian-American architect and his parents from Calcutta to New York.
Nair says she realized that Monsoon Wedding was going to be a worldwide hit when it played out of competition at Cannes.
Nair studied the sitar when she was a teenager, but her teacher told her she had to make a choice between acting and playing music.
www.metroactive.com /metro/02.28.07/mira-nair-0709.html   (1861 words)

  Columbia News ::: Professor Mira Nair Reflects on Her Film Career During Zora Neale Hurston Lecture
Nair was quick to point out that she believes that an actor should not be pushed, he must feel truthful and perform in an atmosphere that gets him to a place he would like to explore within the character and the film.
Nair said that it was Shetty's sterling performance and the intensity that she brought to the scenes that convinced them to leave the element of incest in the film.
Nair is so involved in her craft and keen to capture the nuances of her subject that she has been told her investigation amounts to what could be called sociological or anthropological research.
www.columbia.edu /cu/news/02/08/miraNair.html   (1566 words)

 Welcome to Mirabai Films
Nair returned to the documentary form in August 1999 with The Laughing Club of India, which was awarded The Special Jury Prize in the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2000.
Nair’s film is a retelling of real events in the life of the Hamdani family in Queens, whose eldest son was missing after September 11, and was then accused by the media of being a terrorist.
Nair was appointed as the mentor in film by the prestigious Rolex Protégé Arts Initiative, joining fellow mentors Jessye Norman, Sir Peter Hall, David Hockney, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Saburo Teshigawara to help guide young artists in critical stages of their development.
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 Mira Nair
Nair herself grew up near Calcutta, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, and came to the United States at the age of 19 to attend Harvard.
Mira Nair: First and foremost, because of having lost someone who was like a mother to me in a country that was not fully home.
Nair's favorite song, "Raga Ahir Bhairav," is one of the highlights of this performance by Amonkar, a classical Hindustani singer who is known in India as the Saraswati (goddess of the arts) of Song.
www.motherjones.com /arts/qa/2007/03/mira_nair.html   (0 words)

 VG: Artist Biography: Nair, Mira
Nair feels the film has relevance to contemporary life in the United States, where sex is "devoid" of a connection to spirituality, and in India, where the historical connection has been lost.
Nair yielded the director’s seat in 2003 to produce a documentary directed by Dinaz Stafford that explores the ancient rice farming technique practiced by the Garos of Meghalaya.
Mira Nair described her film as “the ultimate love song to Delhi.” Showing the city both in its traditional aspect and one susceptible to western influence runs parallel to the gathering of the families for the wedding.
voices.cla.umn.edu /vg/Bios/entries/nair_mira.html   (2498 words)

 Director Mira Nair dusts off her favorite novel for a critique of class and race, English-style   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Nair, who was born and raised in India before coming to the United States to attend Harvard, says Thackeray's novel is as much about class and race differences as it is about a young woman's improbable journey through the hallowed homes of old England.
Nair's version features a prominent scene involving the character of Rhoda Swartz, a wealthy mixed-race woman who is set up to marry a white man. In "Becky Sharp," there is no such scene, even though Thackeray has it in his novel.
Nair dramatized the story of a New York Muslim who went missing in the attacks and was suspected of being a terrorist -- until his remains were recovered in the rubble of the World Trade Center disaster and authorities realized that he had tried to rescue people from the buildings.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/09/02/DDG3D8HDD71.DTL&type=movies   (1055 words)

 Indian Inside - Technology & Entertainment Guide - Mira Nair
Mira Nair made a mark from her very first feature film, Salaam Bombay, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Category in 1988.
Mira Nair was born in 1958, Bhubaneshwar, India.
Mira Nair studied in the Delhi University and then went to the United States to study sociology and later theatre at the Harvard University.
www.indianinside.info /site/India/Indians_Abroad/Mira_Nair_20060618112   (418 words)

 Calvin College - News - Hosting Mira Nair
The film festival and the public lecture, titled "Between Two Worlds: An Evening With Mira Nair," are being sponsored by the West Michigan Women's Studies Council, which was formed in 2001 to inform the West Michigan community of gender issues, foster dialogue and give voice to feminist thought and ideas.
"Mira Nair is one of the most accomplished women directors working today," she says, "and we are delighted to have her speak in Grand Rapids.
Nair began her career as an actor, but soon turned to directing, producing and writing documentaries and feature films.
www.calvin.edu /news/releases/2005_06/mira_nair.htm   (563 words)

 Mira Nair - Films as director:
Here, Nair investigates the distinction between the traditional Indian woman, who is expected to remain in the home, and her more modern, free-thinking counterpart, who yearns for personal and economic emancipation.
Nair's hero is Krishna (Shafiq Syed), a naive, illiterate ten-year-old country boy grappling for survival amid the mean streets of Bombay, which is a garish metropolis of filth, crime, and superficial glitter.
But what makes it so compelling is the manner in which Nair portrays a period in history when women were trained to be either courtesans or wives, and her depiction of how, within the framework of that time, one woman manages to take power over her destiny.
www.filmreference.com /Directors-Mi-Pe/Nair-Mira.html   (1373 words)

 INTERVIEW: Salaam India! Mira Nair Celebrates a "Monsoon Wedding"
Mira Nair: I came from the school of cinema verité documentaries, which was: Do not manipulate reality as it was happening but create a narrative in the editing room.
Nair: I've been doing a lot of world promotion with the film, and it's become something of a massive success in the UK, Australia and so onŠleaving not much time for me to really sit down and think about how it will be received here.
Nair is currently reading scripts, teaching at Columbia and working on an eleven minute film about the aftermath of September 11th that ten world directors have been asked to participate
www.indiewire.com /people/int_Nair_Mira_020222.html   (1137 words)

 Interview: MIRA NAIR
Nair fields each challenging question expertly, cowing reporters with her superior knowledge of Thackeray's novel and of English cultural history in general.
Nair: What was brilliant about the book, and why I made the film, really, is that it was about a time in early 19th Century England when colony was hugely intersecting the Empire.
Nair: —was to achieve a kind of cinematic rhythm, and a balance between all the stories that were going on at once.
www.aboutfilm.com /features/vanityfair/nair.htm   (4050 words)

 MAGAZINE | FEATURES | Mira Nair & Hysterical Blindness | VOL 27-3 September 2002
Nair cites cinéma vérité as the foundation of her approach to filmmaking.
Despite this experienced cast, Nair did not direct the actors according to how they were trained or their specific methods.
Nair had to determine how far she should go when it came time to shooting the scene.
www.dga.org /news/v27_3/feat_mira_nair.php3   (1156 words)

 ChicagoFilm.com - Spotlight - Mira Nair
Nair is best known for her work on "Monsoon Wedding," a vibrant, boisterously colorful tale of an arranged marriage in New Delhi.
Nair spent an inordinate amount of time with the kids, basing her characters directly on the actors that portrayed them and the lives they led.
Besides garnering Nair awards and acclaim, it allowed her to start a program designed to get the kids from the film off the streets and into a safe environment.
www.chicagofilm.com /spotlight/mira_nair.asp   (465 words)

 EXCLUSIVE Mira Nair/The Namesake Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles
Nair's highly acclaimed first feature, "Salaam Bombay!" (1988), was a riveting and uncompromising tale of urban street life in the tradition of Bunuel's "Los Olvidados" and Hector Babenco's "Pixote".
Nair also collected critical kudos for the HBO telepic "Hysterical Blindess" (2002), a bittersweet look at the relationships of a working class Jersey woman (Uma Thurman) with her best friend (Juliette Lewis), mother (Gena Rowlands) and the less-than-inspiring father of her child (Justin Chambers).
Mira: Yes we are deep in it and we hope to be shooting in November and it’s meant to come out next November.
www.filmmonthly.com /Profiles/Articles/MiraNair/MiraNair.html   (1850 words)

 Mira Nair speaks for International Speakers Bureau
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard.
Nair returned to the documentary form in August 1999 with The Laughing Club of India, which was awarded The Special Jury Prize in the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2000.
Nair's film is a retelling of real events in the life of the Hamdani family in Queens, whose eldest son was missing after September 11, and was then accused by the media of being a terrorist.
www.internationalspeakers.com /speakers/ISBB-5J2TCJ/Mira_Nair   (567 words)

 Nudity in Mira Nair's Namesake
Not to forget the kissing scenes, and the scene in which Zuleika and Kal Penn are frolicking in the bed.
Nair assured him that she wasn't worried at all, and she had made the film, based on a bestseller by Jhumpa Lahiri, for the entire family.
She had not even made it for expatriate Indians, she asserted, adding that in fact, the film about an immigrant family in Boston and its emotional losses and gains, was made for a "very wide audience" across the globe.
www.rediff.com /movies/2006/nov/02mira.htm   (375 words)

 Harvard Gazette: Mira Nair: Story of a storyteller's life
Indian film director Mira Nair '79 spoke Saturday (May 3) to a capacity Sanders Theatre audience, discussing her early struggles as a documentary filmmaker, the making of her acclaimed fiction films, her efforts to help Indian street children, and her artistic philosophy.
Nair used real street kids as the principal actors, creating an education workshop to prepare them for their performances.
Funded by profits from Nair's films, the workshop has proliferated to 17, providing nearly 5,000 children with education, skills, and in many cases, reuniting them with their families.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/daily/0305/05-nair.html   (446 words)

 Delhi deluge of colour and movement in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding
Nair's film is thus a skilful blend of the colour, movement and joie de vivre accompanying traditional Punjabi wedding celebrations and a serious drama that tackles topics traditionally proscribed on the Indian screen, including adultery and paedophilia.
Nair's body of work, both fiction and non-fiction, has hitherto consistently addressed what could be loosely categorised as the plight of the underprivileged—individuals and groups disenfranchised in terms of class, gender, age, nationality and/or economic status.
As Nair has observed, she has “always been drawn to stories of people who live on the margins of society; people who are on the edge, or outside, learning the language of being in between; dealing with the questions, 'What, and where is home'” (10)
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/01/18/monsoon_wedding.html   (2289 words)

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Mira Nair´s movie debut (after a few short films) is about a side of Bombay that Hindi cinema has rarely ever explored.
Mira Nair entered the international film scene when her first feature, Salaam Bombay!, won the Camera D’or and Prix du Publique at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988.
Nair was born in 1957 in Bhubaneshwar, a small town 300 miles south of Calcutta.
www.lycos.com /info/mira-nair.html   (580 words)

 Harvard Film Archive: Salaam Cambridge! Mira Nair in Retrospect
Acclaimed director Mira Nair returns to her alma mater as recipient of the 2003 Harvard Arts Medal.
Mira nair returned to Delhi to film this wry and celebratory portrait of her native Punjabi people.
Nair chronicles the exile of the family of a successful Indian lawyer and its resettlement in Greenwood, Mississippi, in a rundown motel.
www.harvardfilmarchive.org /calendars/03mayjun/nair.htm   (603 words)

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Mira Nair was one of the first Indian film directors to have become successful in Hollywood.
The director Mira Nair made an unexpected discovery a few years ago: A lot of the independent motels in the Deep South are owned and operated by Asian Indians.
Nair, who is herself from India via Harvard, made her discovery while journeying in the South after the release of "Salaam Bombay!" (1988), her wonderful first film about a street child.
www.lycos.com /info/mira-nair--director-mira-nair.html   (591 words)

 The two worlds of director Mira Nair   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It was, in fact, her 15-year-old son who talked her out of casting a Bollywood star in the title role of the American-born Gogol and into the riskier idea of giving the heavily dramatic part to someone like...
It was Penn's passion that Nair could relate to, although, unlike Gogol's character, who reconnects to his roots over the course of the film, her ties to India are still deep.
Though Nair doesn't want to be pigeonholed as "a cultural ambassador for India," neither, she says, is she willing to assimilate so much that she loses her identity.
www.azcentral.com /ent/movies/articles/0316miranair0316.html   (883 words)

 Mira Nair Speaker Profile at The Lavin Agency
Raised in India and currently living in New York, Mira Nair has used her natural grasp of identity conflict to create a provocative and respected body of work.
Mira Nair is currently a mentor in film at the prestigious Rolex Protégé Arts Initiative, joining fellow mentors David Hockney and Mario Vargas Llosa to help guide young artists in critical stages of their artistic development.
Mira Nair's The Namesake will be released in March 2007 and is already one of next year's most eagerly-awaited films.
www.thelavinagency.com /usa/miranair.html   (510 words)

 Grand Classics - Mira Nair, joined by director Sydney Pollack
On 11th January 2005, Mira Nair introduced Tootsie (1982) as the film that most inspired her.
NAIR: "….You'll have to excuse me if I get a bit tongue-tied during this, because….its the first time I met Sydney and really, I rank Tootsie as one of the top tens films for me. It was a great, great revolution for me when I saw it in the 80's…..
Nair is slated to produce and direct several projects in the next year, including Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul for HBO, and Hari Kunzru's The Impressionist for Fox Searchlight.
www.grandclassics.com /nyc_mira.shtml   (645 words)

 Mira Nair: What's in a Name? | GreenCine
While Mira Nair was dubbing for Vanity Fair, star Gabriel Byrne came to her raving about Jhumpa Lahiri's debut novel, The Namesake.
As she began work on the adaptation, Nair immediately understood the script had to "rest on two pillars." The first is the story of parents Ashoke and Ashima; the second, their son, Gogol's coming of age.
Nair and cinematographer Frederick Elmes sought to visualize these collisions, but also to identify the ways in which these worlds blend into each other.
www.greencine.com /central/node/151   (788 words)

 Mira Nair
Born in India, Mira Nair was educated at Delhi University and Harvard University.
Nair returned to India to shoot Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) in her native language, and was nominated for a Golden Seashell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Nair brought her own interpretation to William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel, Vanity Fair (2004), starring Reese Witherspoon, who said, "I was so excited when I got the call from Mira that she wanted me to do this film with her.
www.tribute.ca /bio.asp?id=8657   (443 words)

 Mira Nair at AllExperts
Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa) is an India-born, New York-based film director.
Mira Nair was born in Bhubaneswar where her father was employed.
She lives near Columbia University in New York City where she is an adjunct professor in the School of Arts Film Division and her husband, Professor Mahmood Mamdani, also teaches.[1] Her latest project is Maisha, a film lab to help East Africans and South Asians learn to make films.
en.allexperts.com /e/m/mi/mira_nair.htm   (536 words)

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