Mira Nair, the ace Indo-American filmmaker known for films like ‘Salaam Bombay’, ‘Monsoon Wedding’, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love’, ‘Queen of Katwe’ to name a few, was in Kolkata to inaugurate ‘The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival’ on 11th of January 2018.
‘Salaam Bombay!’, Mira Nair’s much acclaimed movie and winner of the Golden Camera and Audience Awards at the Cannes Film Festival, was also India’s second film submission to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, it 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 in three continents as a documentary maker and feature film director. She gave an interesting insight into most of her films, also pitching forward compelling anecdotes. Nair said, “Nothing for me is more powerful than the truth of ordinary lives”. 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.
Video shot by: Gaurav Kuri and Rajib Das