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Mira Nair spoke at President Vishakha Desai’s Forum Asia Society in New York.

Vishakha Desai, the Asia Society’s president, asked Mira pointedly why her just-released biographical film on the iconic Amelia Earhart garnered such negative reviews. Mira had made the movie with funding from Gateway founder Ted Wyatt.


Interestingly, when Mira produces “ethnic” films, she is usually acclaimed. However, when she steps into “non-Indian” films, she garners far less praise. I will let readers judge that themselves.


“There was a great degree of territorialism with Amelia. A non-American had taken on the movie of an American hero,” Mira reflected.


“The Bagvadhgita states that our work is to serve and then let go. As a filmmaker, this is what I must do,” Mira shared with the audience. “I don’t read the reviews.”

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Taken on December 25, 2009