Mira Nair quotes

  • What is really important to me is a sense of humour and a mischief about life. Life is just too boring otherwise.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Important #Life Is #Boring

  • 'Salaam Bombay' didn't put a halo on the poor. Instead, it said that they will teach us how to live.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Bombay #Halos #Poor

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

    #Book #World #Towns

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Inspiration #People #Stories

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

    #Stones #Stepping Stones #Treats

  • If we don't tell our own stories, no one else will.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Stories

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Heart #Elephants #Challenges

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Dream #Useless #Nostalgia

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Father #Home #Law

  • Humility is not a trait I often associate with America.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Humility #America #Traits

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

    #New York #Giving #Feelings

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Love #Hard Work #Interesting

  • Bollywood actors are so set in what they want, and the way they want it. And why shouldn't they be? But it is not the same in Hollywood, because the love of the audience is not the same.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Actors #Want #Way

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Hangover #School #Years

  • 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.'
    -- Mira Nair

    #Home #Cities #Two

  • You've got to understand that in Bollywood, every actor is an instrument, and yet a human being. They come to the set with a set agenda, believing, 'This is who I am, this is what I want, and no, I am not going to become that character you want me to.'
    -- Mira Nair

    #Believe #Character #Who I Am

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Christmas #Light #May

  • We all know the power of film; we all know there's almost nothing more powerful than to see people on film that look and talk like you, like we do.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Powerful #People #Looks

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Mirrors #Two #People

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Real #Communication #Understanding

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

    #Trying #Answers #Film

  • My films, no one else will do.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Film

  • My family is almost exactly like the one in 'Monsoon Wedding'. We are very open, fairly liberal, loud people.
    -- Mira Nair

    #People #My Family #Loud

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

    #Independent #Cutting #Firsts

  • Every frame and every scene has to have an intention.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Intention #Scene

  • Every film is a political act; it's how you see the world.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Political #World #Film

  • Truth is more peculiar than fiction. Life is really a startling place.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Fiction #Peculiar #Life Is

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

    #World #Towns #Small Town

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Inspiring #Want

  • Creative freedom is an imperative for me, but it doesn't really exist in a Hollywood game.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Games #Creative #Hollywood

  • In our house we say 'adolescence' is a western word. We don't believe in it.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Believe #House #Adolescence

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Winter #Years #Three

  • It's only at this age that I can say the word 'art' without flinching.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Art #Age

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

    #America #Bed #Unusual

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Honesty #Children #Clothes

  • I've never sought to be on an A-list. I've done my own thing and my own thing has thankfully now brought me an audience.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Lists #Done #Audience

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Mean #Cutting #America

  • 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.
    -- Mira Nair

    #Believe #Pride #Play

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