Mira Nair gets ready for the biggest challenge in her career

Published Dec 12, 2014, 4:09 pm IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 7:32 am IST
She says her latest film is like 'Salaam Bombay in Africa'

Mumbai: Globally feted filmmaker Mira Nair is all set to make a film on the street children of Kampala, the director’s adopted home.

The project is titled ‘The Queen Of Katwe’, the inspirational story of Phiona Mutesi the girl from the slums of Uganda who is a chess champ.


Confirming the project to this writer Mira speaking from New York said, “It looks like my movie ‘The Queen of Katwe’ is going to be green-lit very soon, And yes, we are planning to commence shooting it in my other home town  Kampala in March with the dream team of stars and street children that I always wanted.”

Mira divides her time between Kampala and New York.

‘The Queen Of Katwe’ takes Mira to the same territory as her first film. “It’s kind of like Salaam Bombay! in Africa”.

Salaam Bombay was about street children in Mumbai.


At the moment Mira is completely taken up with the stage adaptation of her film Monsoon Wedding.

“I am deeply immersed in the directing of the first rehearsals of our Broadway musical of Monsoon Wedding, which is due to open next year. Very exciting stuff ,” Mira signed off.