Mira Nair

7.0 Salaam Bombay (1988)
6.0 Mississippi Masala (1991)
5.0 The Perez Family (1995)
7.0 Monsoon Wedding (2001)
7.0 Queen of Katwe (2016)

Mira Nair (India, 1957), after a series of documentaries, directed two films co-written with Sooni Taraporevala: Salaam Bombay (1988) in Hindi, set in Mumbai's biggest slum, and Mississippi Masala (1991) in English. The latter, her first movie devoted to the Indian diaspora, is set in rural Mississippi and is an inter-racial love story. After the mediocre Hollywood movies The Perez Family (1995) and Kama Sutra (1996), a tragedy of concubines set in a 16t century court, she directed Monsoon Wedding (2001), written by Sabrina Dhawan, another big hit. Then came Hysterical Blindness (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), an adaptation of Thackeray's novel, The Namesake (2006), an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, the diligent biopic Amelia (2009), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), which was an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel, and finally a better film, Queen of Katwe (2016), written by William Wheeler, set in the slums of Uganda.

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