Mira Nair, a New York based Indian film director, producer and actor, produces films by the name of her production company, Mirabai Films. A well educated woman from Miranda House of Delhi University and Harvard University has made her debut film, Salaam Bombay in the year 1988 for which she has been honored with the Golden Camera award.

Mira Nair Facts:

Born: on 15th of October in 1957, at Rourkela, Odisha, India

Nationality: Indian


  • Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Shimla
  • Miranda House of Delhi University
  • Harvard University


  • Film director
  • Film producer

Years active: from 1986 till present

Production Company: Mirabai Films


  • Mitch Epstein (divorced)
  • Mahmood Mamdani (1988–present)

Son: Zohran Mamdani

Brother: Vicky Nair

Father: Amrit

Mother: Praveen

Debut feature film: Salaam Bombay in 1988


  • Audience Award in 1988 in Cannes Film Festival for Salaam Bombay.
  • National Film Award in 1988 for Best Feature Film in Hindi: Salaam Bombay.
  • National Board of Review Award in 1988 for Top Foreign Films: Salaam Bombay.
  • New Generation Award in 1988 in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
  • Lilian Gish Award in 1988 in the Los Angeles Women in Film Festival for Salaam Bombay.
  • Critics Special Award in 1991 in São Paulo International Film Festival for Mississippi Masala.
  • Asian Media Award in 1992 in Asian American International Film Festival.
  • Independent Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Feature in Mississippi Masala.
  • UNESCO Award in 2002 in the Venice Film Festival for 11’9″01 September 11.
  • Padma Bhushan in 2012 by the Government of India.