Mira Nair – You know, the sad thing…

You know, the sad thing of post-9/11, which was of course horrific, was that…


“You know, the sad thing of post-9/11, which was of course horrific, was that the city in which I felt completely at home for two decades, suddenly people like us – brown people – were looked at as the ‘Others.'”
-Mira Nair

Mira Nair – I think films have to…

I think films have to reach people and really grab them. That’s what I hope…


“I think films have to reach people and really grab them. That’s what I hope to do when I make a film – to get under your skin and really make you think about something, and have a transporting time that takes you somewhere.”
-Mira Nair

Mira Nair – It gave me a lot…

It gave me a lot of pleasure and pride that 90 percent of the crew…


“It gave me a lot of pleasure and pride that 90 percent of the crew for ‘Monsoon Wedding,’ and most of my film, are women. We get the work done, you know, much lesser play of ego… And I really believe in harmony, I believe in working in a spirit of egolessness and that the film is bigger than all of us.”
-Mira Nair

Mira Nair – New York City is home…

New York City is home to so many people from so many places and the…


“New York City is home to so many people from so many places and the uniqueness of it is that you never feel a foreigner. English is almost hardly ever heard in the subway. In fact, it’s weird.”
-Mira Nair

Mira Nair – Marriage of attraction is a…

Marriage of attraction is a gamble anyway, so you might as well marry into a…


“Marriage of attraction is a gamble anyway, so you might as well marry into a family that is similar to your own, and make that much less of an adjustment. But the ‘love marriage’, as it is called, is equally common in India now. But it would be interesting to do a comparison of what would work better. Marriage is hard work, and it is a gamble.”
-Mira Nair

Mira Nair – We have three generations at…

We have three generations at home, including my father-in-law. I keep a very…


“We have three generations at home, including my father-in-law. I keep a very low profile, and a lot of things I do are very much with the family in mind. I have actually made films with the family around me.”
-Mira Nair

Mira Nair – I am at home in…

I am at home in many cultures. I live actively in three continents and I’ve…


“I am at home in many cultures. I live actively in three continents and I’ve done that for most of my life, so I just make films as I see the world, and that happens to speak to people. I do things that I want to do.”
-Mira Nair

Mira Nair – In America, we have so…

In America, we have so many movies and so much media about the Islamic world…


“In America, we have so many movies and so much media about the Islamic world, the sub-continental world, but it’s not a conversation, it’s a monologue. It’s always from one point of view. ‘If we don’t tell our own stories, no one will tell them’ is my mantra.”
-Mira Nair