Inspirational Quotes by Mira Nair

Every frame and every scene has to have an intention.

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Never treat anything you do as a stepping stone. Do it fully, and follow it completely.

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I love the idea that it doesn’t take one person only to achieve your potential. It takes a village, it takes a community, a street, a teacher, a mother.

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Life is short, so I’m knowing exactly where I’m putting my time. I don’t want to do things that I don’t have to do.

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We have not learned the lessons of 9/11. This wrongful suspicion, racial hatred, and profiling is what I keep seeing.

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Making films is about having absolute and foolish confidence; the challenge for all of us is to have the heart of a poet and the skin of an elephant.

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I think optimism springs from nature. I’m a gardener. Nature has taught me about rhythm, the essence of every art. With so much that is terrible, nature gives me pleasure.

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I’ve been able to look at the world differently from three continents practically. I’ve always lived between India and the U.S. When I married Mahmood I became a daughter-in-law of Africa. That really changed my worldview. I can see it from so many perspectives.

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Truth is more peculiar than fiction. Life is really a startling place.

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I listen to Ustad Vilayat Khan’s ‘Raga Khamaj’ and ‘Raga Jaijaiwanti’ virtually every morning, a lot of Abdullah Ibrahim, Michael Kiwanuka, Savages, and contemporary Ugandan pop.

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I don’t think boldness should be associated with showing off skin. It’s not the basis of boldness.

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For seven years, I made films in the cinema verite tradition – photographing what was happening without manipulating it. Then I realised I wanted to make things happen for myself, through feature films.

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We have three generations at home, including my father-in-law. I keep a very low profile, and a lot of things I do are very much with the family in mind. I have actually made films with the family around me.

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No words – action’ was the lesson my mother taught me: as artists, we have the privilege of holding a mirror to the world, to engage, to question, to bring beauty to a complex universe.

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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.

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It’s only at this age that I can say the word ‘art’ without flinching.

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Middle-class Pakistani cultural life is what I’ve seen, what I know – they’re not all screaming faceless mullahs. It’s disturbing that in American films, the character on the other side is not even named.

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Every film is a political act; it’s how you see the world.

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From Vietnam’s ‘Deer Hunter’ to Iraq, films are never about the person who has had his house destroyed.

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I want to question what the outside is and who defines it. I often find those that are considered to be on the outside extremely inspiring.

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I always like to reveal the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And children are best at that. They teach us how to see the world in that sense. They are without artifice; they see it for what it is. I am drawn to that ruthless honesty.

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I grew up in a very small town which is remote even by Indian standards. I always dreamed of the world.

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They say now in America that final cut doesn’t mean anything. As Harvey Weinstein said to some film-maker, ‘You can have final cut. I’ll open your film in Arkansas.’

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I am an independent film-maker first and foremost. I have always cut my own cloth.

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Salaam Bombay’ didn’t put a halo on the poor. Instead, it said that they will teach us how to live.

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I am still attracted to stories about people who are considered to be on the outside of society. I still seek inspiration from those stories.

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I am still attracted to stories about people who are considered to be on the outside of society. I still seek inspiration from those stories.

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I grew up in a small town in India, but through books I knew the world.

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I often begin movies with music in my head; it’s a very important dimension to me. Not just the music itself, but how to use music in film: when and how and subtlety. I don’t like to be too sweet in my stories, and I like the abrasive clang, the contrasting of sounds and cultures.

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If we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will.

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In America, we have so many movies and so much media about the Islamic world, the sub-continental world, but it’s not a conversation, it’s a monologue. It’s always from one point of view. ‘If we don’t tell our own stories, no one will tell them’ is my mantra.

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You know, the sad thing of post-9/11, which was of course horrific, was that the city in which I felt completely at home for two decades, suddenly people like us – brown people – were looked at as the ‘Others.’

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We have to realize only in communication, in real knowledge, in real reaching out, can there be an understanding that there’s humanity everywhere, and that’s what I’m trying to do.

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My films, no one else will do.

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I look for the humanity in people, however big the politics or oppressive the situation may be, whether it’s subsumed within a human being or between two human beings. I want to help us hold a mirror to ourselves.

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Humility is not a trait I often associate with America.

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Never take no for answer, and try to make films that turn you on.

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Marriage of attraction is a gamble anyway, so you might as well marry into a family that is similar to your own, and make that much less of an adjustment. But the ‘love marriage’, as it is called, is equally common in India now. But it would be interesting to do a comparison of what would work better. Marriage is hard work, and it is a gamble.

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Americans are not used to being bombed in their beds, but if you come from anywhere outside America, it’s not highly unusual.

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I started to make my own films, however small and however independent they were, from the beginning. And so, even though I was nobody, I was always the master of my own work.

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It gave me a lot of pleasure and pride that 90 percent of the crew for ‘Monsoon Wedding,’ and most of my film, are women. We get the work done, you know, much lesser play of ego… And I really believe in harmony, I believe in working in a spirit of egolessness and that the film is bigger than all of us.

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In our house we say ‘adolescence’ is a western word. We don’t believe in it.

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Christmas lights may be the loneliest thing for me, especially if you mix them up with reindeers and sleighs. I feel alone. I feel isolated. I feel I do not belong.

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It took me three years to learn to dress in the American way, especially in winter. That was just like me. I barely wear socks even now.

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I think there’s a level of ignorance, when, in the callowness of youth, you imagine that you are inventing the world for the first time. You imagine that your parents don’t know what it feels like to fall in love.

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Post 9/11, so much has changed in New York that it does not give you that homely feeling which it did before.

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I’ve loved ‘Vanity Fair’ since I was 16 years old. You know, we’re all colonial hangovers in India, steeped in English literature. It is one of these novels that I read under the covers at my convent boarding school in Simla.

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I came from the school of cinema verite documentaries, which was: Do not manipulate reality as it was happening but create a narrative in the editing room.

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There’s nothing universal about Indian families except that the family itself is deeply important across the country. It’s sort of the fabric and anchor of our country.

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My family is almost exactly like the one in ‘Monsoon Wedding’. We are very open, fairly liberal, loud people.

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I grew up thinking anything was possible simply because of seeing women in power – like, you know, running the country. Which is a thought that continues to give Americans indigestion… Direction is about having a vision, but the practice of being a director is a con game – a confidence game.

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Creative freedom is an imperative for me, but it doesn’t really exist in a Hollywood game.

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