Critically acclaimed U.S. based film-maker Mira Nair would receive the Gotham Awards Tribute for her contribution to independent cinema, at New York at the 17th annual film tribute awards on Tuesday Nov 27, 2007. Interestingly, Tabu who worked with the director in her film The Namesake would be presenting the award at a function to be held in Brooklyn, New York.
The Gotham Awards recognize the work of independent filmmakers who work with small budgets but produce high quality movies.
Besides making movies like Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding , Vanity Fair and The Namesake on themes which most people shun , Nair founded a film laboratory in 2003 dedicated to support visionary screen writers in East and South East Asia. Currently, Nair’s company, Mirabai films, is producing a series of four short films to raise awareness about AIDS in India. However, work on the Johnny Depp- Amitabh Bachchan starrer Shantaram is stuck on hold due to the writers strike in Hollywood.