A Suitable Boy’s suitably accomplished director Mira Nair is currently not feeling as top-of-the-world as the great reviews for her series should make her feel.
Mira, who is India’s most precious cinematic export to the West , is currently healing after an emergency surgery. Now how did that happen? Out for a walk in in the park she tripped and fell.
When I touch base with Mira she says, “I had a very painful shoulder surgery after a fall in the park . I am nursing myself back to sturdiness slowly and steadily.”
For Mira it hasn’t been an easy year. She lost two of her most favourite actors. First it was Ugandan child prodigy Nikita Pearl Waliga who played a pivotal part in Mira Nair’s film Queen Of Katwe, she died of an incurable brain tumour on February 15. Soon after Mira lost one of her dearest friends Irrfan Khan.
Mira describes it as a ‘double blow’ . As she recovers she is “thinking, processing,ruminating,writing”
Mira who had directed the critically acclaimed film Queen Of Katwe in 2016 has set aside much of the last for years to the stage adaptation of Monsoon Wedding. “It was eight years of my life. It took us a long time to get here.We didn’t just take Broadway veterans and put them on stage. We dealt with the stage adaptation of Monsoon Wedding organically. We got authentic talent like Vishal Bhardwaj. We had 21 songs in the stage adaptation.The entire story of Monsoon Wedding on stage was impelled by music.We had really creative talent of the highest order. “