Mira Nair
Mira Nair

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Name: Mira Nair
Occupation: Director
Gender: Female
Height: 170 cm (5' 7'')
Birth Day: October 15, 1957
Age: 63
Country: India
Zodiac Sign: Libra

Social Accounts

Height: 170 cm (5' 7'')
Weight: 70 kg
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Blood Type N/A
Tattoo(s) N/A


Husband First Husband- Mitch Epstein
Mira Nair's First Husband Mitch Epstein
Second husband- Mahmood Mamdani
Mira Nair With Her Husband
Children Son- Zohran
Mira Nair With Her Son Zohran
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Amrit Nair (Civil Servent)
Mother- Parveen Nair (Social Worker)
SiblingsBrother- Vicky Nair
Sister- None

Mira Nair

Mira Nair was born on October 15, 1957 in India (63 years old). Mira Nair is a Director, zodiac sign: Libra. Find out Mira Nairnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


Her first feature film Salaam Bombay! was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1989 Academy Awards. It was the second Indian submission to be nominated.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

She attended Delhi University and Harvard University.

Biography Timeline


Mira Nair was born on 15 October 1957 in Rourkela, Orissa, and grew up with her two older brothers and parents in Bhubaneswar. Her father, Amrit Lal Nair, was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service and her mother, Parveen Nayyar, is a social worker who often focused on children. At age 11, Mira Nair moved with her family to Delhi as her father transferred posts.


In 1977, Nair met her first husband, Mitch Epstein, when taking photography classes at Harvard University. They divorced by 1987, and in 1988 Nair met her second husband, the Indo-Ugandan political scientist Mahmood Mamdani, while in Uganda doing research for the film Mississippi Masala. Their son, Zohran Kwame Mamdani, was born in 1991. Like his wife, Mamdani also teaches at Columbia University. Zohran won the election for New York State Assembly in 2020. He was the Democratic nominee for the 36th Assembly District, ran unopposed in the general election after defeating incumbent Assembly Member Aravella Simotas in the Democratic primary election in June earlier.


In 1982, she made her second documentary titled So Far from India, which is a fifty-two-minute film that followed an Indian newspaper dealer living in the subways of New York, while his pregnant wife waited for him to return home. This film was recognized as a Best Documentary winner at the American Film Festival and New York's Global Village Film Festival.


In 1983 with her friend, Sooni Taraporevala, Nair co-wrote Salaam Bombay!. Using her documentary film-making and acting experience, Nair sought out for real "street children" to more authentically portray the lives of children who survived in the streets and were deprived of a real childhood. Though the film did not do well at the box office, it won 23 international awards, including the Camera D’or and Prix du Public at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988. Salaam Bombay! was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989.


Her third documentary, India Cabaret, released in 1984, revealed the exploitation of female strippers in Bombay, and followed a customer who regularly visited a local strip club while his wife stayed at home. Nair raised roughly $130,000 for the project. The 59-minute film was shot over a span of two months. It was criticized by Nair's family. Her fourth and last documentary, made for Canadian television, explored how amniocentesis was being used to determine the sex of fetuses. Released in 1987, Children of a Desired Sex exposed the aborting of female fetuses due to society's favoring male offspring.


Nair and Taraporevala continued to challenge audiences with the 1991 film Mississippi Masala, which told the story of Ugandan-born Indians displaced in Mississippi. The film, featuring Denzel Washington, Roshan Seth, and Sarita Choudhury, centers on a carpet-cleaner business owner (Washington) who falls in love with the daughter (Choudhury) of one of his Indian clients. The film revealed the evident prejudice in African-American and Indian communities. Like Salaam Bombay!, the film was well received by critics, earned a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992, and won three awards at the Venice Film Festival.


In 1998, she used the profits from Salaam Bombay! to create the Salaam Baalak Trust which works with street children in India.


In 2001, with The Laughing Club of India, she explored laughter based on yoga. Founder Dr. Madan Kararia spoke of the club's history and the growth of laughing clubs across the country, and subsequently the world. The documentary included testimonials from members of the laughter clubs who described how the practice had improved or changed their lives. Its featured segments included a group of workers in an electrical products factory in Bombay who took time off to laugh during their coffee break.

Nair went on to direct four more films before she produced one of her most notable films, Monsoon Wedding. Released in 2001, the film told the story of a Punjabi Indian wedding, written by Sabrina Dhawan. Employing a small crew and casting some of Nair's acquaintances and relatives, the film grossed over $30 million worldwide. The film was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, making Nair the first female recipient of the award.


Nair commented on film-making in a 2004 interview with FF2 Media's Jan Huttner:


In 2007, Nair was asked to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but turned it down to work on The Namesake. Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri, Sooni Taraporevala’s screenplay follows the son of Indian immigrants who wants to fit in with New York society, but struggles to get away from his family’s traditional ways. The film was presented with the Dartmouth Film Award and was also honored with the Pride of India award at the Bollywood Movie Awards. This was followed by the Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia (2009), starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.


In 2012, Nair directed The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a thriller based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid. It opened the 2012 Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim and was released worldwide in early 2013. For the academic reception of Nair's adaptation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature questions "how the ambivalence and provocativeness of the 'source' text translates into the film adaptation, and the extent to which the film format makes the narrative more palatable and appealing to wider audiences as compared to the novel’s target readership."

She was awarded the India Abroad Person of the Year-2007. In 2012 she was awarded India's third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan by President of India, Pratibha Patil.


In July 2013, Nair declined an invitation to the Haifa International Film Festival as a "guest of honor" to protest Israel's policies toward Palestine. In postings on her Twitter account, Nair stated "I will go to Israel when the walls come down. I will go to Israel when occupation is gone...I will go to Israel when the state does not privilege one religion over another. I will go to Israel when Apartheid is over. I will go to Israel, soon. I stand w/ Palestine for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) & the larger Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Mov’t." Nair was subsequently praised by PACBI, which stated that her decision to boycott Israel "helps to highlight the struggle against colonialism and apartheid." She subsequently tweeted "I will go to Israel, soon."


As of 2015, she lives in New York City, where she is an adjunct professor in the Film Division of the School of Arts for Columbia University. The university has a collaboration with Nair's Maisha Film Lab, and offers opportunities for international students to work together and share their interests in film-making.


Nair's 2016 film Queen of Katwe, a Walt Disney Pictures production, starred Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo and was based on the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi.


Nair said to Image Journal in 2017 that she chose directing over any other art form because it was collaborative. "That’s why I am neither a photographer nor writer," she said. "I like to work with people, and my strength, if any, is that. Working with life."


In July 2020, journalist Ellen Barry announced that her Pulitzer Prize-nominated story "The Jungle Prince of Delhi" about the "royal family of Oudh", published in The New York Times, would be adapted into a web series for Amazon Studios by Nair.

Family Life

Mira had a child with her husband Mahmood Mamdani .

Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Vicky Nair Brother N/A N/A N/A
#2 Amrit Nair Father N/A N/A N/A
#3 Mitch Epstein Former spouse N/A N/A N/A
#4 Praveen Nair Mother N/A N/A N/A
#5 Zohran Mamdani Son N/A N/A N/A
#6 Mahmood Mamdani Mahmood Mamdani Spouse $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 74 Teacher

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Mira Nair is 64 years, 9 months and 24 days old. Mira Nair will celebrate 65th birthday on a Saturday 15th of October 2022. Below we countdown to Mira Nair upcoming birthday.


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