Ace filmmaker Mira Nair, whose recent six-part television series A Suitable Boy will close the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), has received the Jeff Skoll Award for Impact Media at the TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony.
The award was presented by actor Tabu, who is also a part of the series, and has earlier worked with Mira in the critically acclaimed drama The Namesake (based on the eponymous novel by Jhumpa Lahiri).
Tabu told the media, “When Mira Nair was a kid, she asked herself, can art change the world? She has proven it can, and in doing so, she has set the highest standards of cinema.”
A Suitable Boy, based on Vikram Seth’s novel of the same name, is set in India of the 1950s, when the country was trying to find its identity as a nascent democracy, following the India-Pakistan partition. The show that has over 100 Indian actors is BBC’s first period drama with inclusive storytelling.
Mira, who is one of the six recipients of the TIFF Tribute Awards, is in august company. TIFF has awarded global icon, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, Chinese-American filmmaker Chloe Zhao for Nomadland, Canadian director Tracey Deer and musician Terence Blanchard.
While accepting the award, Mira told media, “When I work, it feels like fun, so I really want to thank the Toronto International Film Festival for giving me an award to have my fun and to be part of the extraordinary privilege of being able to make cinema.”
Known for her path-breaking films, Mira believes she has the power of listening, “of the possibility of making bridges, the possibility of translation, of being porous.” She has told media, “The award tells me that my art and my films have actually made the change. That is such a beautiful feeling.”
The TIFF Tribute Awards is an annual fundraiser that is a part of the festival, and is considered to be one of the most important launching pads for cinema.
(Edited by Athira Nair)