Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957) is an Indian film director, actress and producer based in New York. Her production company is Mirabai Films.
She was educated at Miranda House of Delhi University and then at Harvard University. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay! (1988), won the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival and was a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She used the proceeds of the film to establish an organization for street children, called the Salaam Baalak Trust in India.
She has won a number of awards, including a National Film Award and various international film festival awards, and was a nominee at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards and Filmfare Awards. She was also awarded the India Abroad Person of the Year-2007. In 2012 she was awarded India’s third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan by President of India, Pratibha Patil.
Her most recent films include Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon, The Namesake and Amelia.