Mira Nair, the ace Indo-American filmmaker discusses about finding the artist from the artiste.

If you want to make it to the movies, there’s a lot of competition in the film industry, let alone a Mira Nair film. Lots of actors gun for a particular role. People spend years trying to break into the business. But the process of how the actors find the roles, or rather, the roles find them, is incredible.

Watch and find out how Mira found her actors for her films.

Video shot by: Gaurav Kuri and Rajib Das

Mira Nair inaugurated The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Kolkata on the 11th of January 2018. Her Oscar nominated and Cannes Film Festival-feted ‘Salaam Bombay’ will complete 30 years of making.

The Indian American filmmaker based in New York City discussed her experience in the industry. In the past thirty years Mira has lived in three continents as a documentary maker and feature film director. The director is best known for her movies like – Academy Award nominated ‘Salaam Bombay!’, the Golden Lion-winning ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘Mississippi Masala’, ‘The Namesake’ and ‘Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love’.

Mira gave an interesting insight into most of her films, also pitching forward compelling anecdotes. Nair said, “For me it is important that the film is as it should be rather than catering to what people want to see”. The festival started on the 11th Jan and will continue until the 14th of the month. The literary festival will feature over 100 writers, from India and abroad like Basharat Peer, Nayantara Sahgal, Mark Tully, Namita Gokhale, Manu Joseph, Lord Meghnad Desai, Shobhaa De and Ashis Nandy and eminent international writers like Norman Ohler from German, Anna Funder and Robert Dessaix from Australia.

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