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Mississippi Masala
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Mohan Agashe, J.D. Barrett, Denzel Washington
Released: 1991

An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.

Mission Kashmir
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Preity Zinta
Released: 2002

An orphaned boy called Altaaf is taken in by a police officer and his wife but soon learns that his new father is leader of the task force which killed his parents. After running away he is brought up by a militia keen to see Kashmir independent.

Monsoon Wedding
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey
Released: 2001

Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding is a return to the form of Salaam Bombay!, her 1988 feature. Nair's gift for observation of the everyday and love for her characters makes for a delightful film, with the whole web of family relationships that knit and break during a wedding being spun at a perfect pace.

Salaam Bombay!
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal
Released: 1998

Meera Nair's Salaam Bombay was her first film, and one of only three Indian films nominated for an Oscar (the others being Mother India and Lagaan). The deceptively simple documentary style hides a meticulously planned feature in which nothing is left to chance. Real street kids play the leads alongside veteran actors, such as Nana Patekar and Shaukat Azmi, as we follow Chaipau, the urchin who wants to save his 500 rupees to "go home", and his encounters with prostitutes, thugs and drug addicts among whom he finds love and companionship.

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