Mira Nair began her career as a film artist. She directed four television documentaries. Her debut feature film is "Salaam Bombay!" (1988). In 2001 she released Monsoon Wedding, a film about a chaotic Punjabi Indian wedding, with a screenplay by Sabrina Dhawan. It was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, making Nair the first female recipient of the award.
"I know what it's like to be in one place and dream of another. I also know what it's like to feel that nostalgia is a fairly useless thing because it is stasis. It does not take you many places".
"What is really important to me is a sense of humour and a mischief about life. Life is just too boring otherwise".