Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Mira Nair

Film Director and Producer
OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer (Fall 2021)

A resourceful and determined independent filmmaker who casts unknowns alongside acclaimed actors, Mira Nair has directed many films, including Mississippi Masala (1991), Hysterical Blindness (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), The Namesake (2006), Amelia (2009), Queen of Katwe (2016), and A Suitable Boy (2020). She also directed a segment of the anthology film New York, I Love You (2008). She is the founder of the production company Mirabai Films and the Maisha Film Lab, an annual filmmaking workshop in Uganda.