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Mira Nair: The Indian to be celebrated at TIFF this year

By Anwesha Padhi

Globally acclaimed Indian filmmaker has been bestowed upon the Jeff Skoll Award for Impact Media at the 45th Toronto International Film festival on Monday.

The Monsoon Wedding director was honoured along with Sir Anthony Hopkins (Hollywood actor), Kate Winslet (actress), Terence Blanchard (musician), Chloe Zhao (Chinese-American filmmaker) and Tracey Deer (Canadian director).

Presenting the award to Ms. Nair, Indian actress Tabu, also the lead of the filmmaker's new series, A Suitable Boy and popular 2006 directorial, The Namesake, said that the director had proved that "art can change the world".

Ms. Nair expressed her gratitude on a video conferencing platform and thanked TIFF for giving her an award for having the “extraordinary privilege of making cinema”. She also said that filmmaking has not only helped her tell her own stories but also in “listening to others”.

Two episodes of Ms. Nair's six-part television series, A Suitable Boy, would be screened on the last day of the film festival. The series stars Tabu, Ishan Khattar and Tanya Maniktala in the lead roles.

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