Birth Name: Mira Nair
Birth Place: Rourkela, Orissa, IN
Of Punjabi ancestry, Nair was born Oct. 15, 1957 and raised in a middle class home in the state of Orissa in Eastern India. Nair performed with a politically oriented street theater group while attending Delhi University, before moving to the U.S. at age 19 to continue her sociology studies at Harvard University. Nair soon found that documentary filmmaking combined her two passions, and of her first handful of non-fiction films examining Indian life, she earned a Best Documentary Prize at the American Film Festival for "India Cabaret" (1985), a controversial portrait of strippers in a Bombay nightclub. She teamed with screenwriter and Harvard colleague Sooni Taraporevala for her feature film...
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