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Mira Nair announced as Head of Jury at JioMAMI Mumbai Film Festival for the South Asia Competition

Filmmaker Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay, The Namesake, Queen of Katwe, Monsoon Marriage ceremony), for this 12 months’s Jio MAMI Mumbai Movie Pageant, will preside over the jury of the South Asia Competitors. Anupama Chopra, Pageant Director at Jio MAMI, says, “We are thrilled to welcome Mira Nair as the head of the jury – South Asia Competition. Mira is the OG Disruptor! She has created an indelible mark on global cinema with her outstanding work”

Deepti DCunha, Inventive Director, Jio MAMI Mumbai Movie Pageant, added, “We are honoured to have one of the most celebrated filmmakers, the Golden Lion Winner, Mira Nair, join us as the Head of Jury. The South Asia competition is an integral part of our vision to serve as a hub for South Asian and South Asian Diaspora filmmakers and to provide emerging film talent with an opportunity to meet and collaborate with some of the best minds in global cinema. Mira Nair is one of our finest; there couldn’t be a better name than her to interact with and guide these young filmmakers.”

The South Asia Competitors will lead the awards classes screening 14 movies from debut and second-time filmmakersfrom totally different elements of South Asia and Diaspora. Jio MAMI is devoted to internet hosting the world’s greatest and most prestigious South Asian Movie Pageant, centered on constructing an ecosystem for brand new cinematic voices, facilitating the alternate of concepts, collaborations, and enterprise alternatives, whereas bringing the most effective of world cinema to Mumbai. The pageant is dedicated to highlighting the most effective of South Asian, South Asian Diaspora, and worldwide cinema, with a concentrate on supporting and selling unbiased and rising filmmakers from South Asia.

Commenting on her new position as Head of Jury for South Asia Competitors, Mira Nair stated, “If we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will. My mantra for a long time, which is why I am honoured to preside over the MAMI jury for the South Asia competition this year. I look forward to being inspired and excited by new voices in cinema from close to home. It is so important that MAMI recognizes the best first or early films because nothing can be more encouraging than one’s peers and gurus of cinema putting the wind in our sails! Winning the Camérad’Or for my first film, Salaam Bombay!, opened horizons everywhere. Our MAMI jury looks forward to doing the same for young filmmakers today.”

Mira Nair is greatest recognized for her movies that cross borders of all types: Salaam Bombay! (Caméra D’or, Cannes 1988), the pioneering Asian-African romance Mississippi Masala (1991), Golden Globe & Emmy-winning Hysterical Blindness (2001), and the worldwide hit Monsoon Marriage ceremony (2001), for which she was the primary lady to win Venice Movie Pageant’s prestigious Golden Lion. Additionally recognized for her literary craftsmanship of subcontinental fiction, Mira has filmed The Namesake (2006), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), Vainness Honest (2004), A Appropriate Boy (2020) and Queen of Katwe (2016). Her subsequent movie can be AMRI, an experimental portrait of Amrita Sher-Gil. Her most up-to-date endeavor was directing Monsoon Marriage ceremony the Musical, which opened in New York Metropolis in Might 2023 and is sure for Broadway.

An activist by nature, Nair based Salaam Balak Belief for Indian avenue kids in 1988 and the Maisha Movie Lab in 2004, a free college to coach filmmakers in Africa. In 2012, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour.

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