Tidbits: Mira Nair To Re-Release Salaam Bombay And Jon Stewart Lines Up Directorial Debut


While most of the film world will lay its eyes upon Austin Texas starting this week with SXSW approaching, a few stories have popped up making this week already a busy one for news hounds.

First up, The Times Of India reports that Mira Nair and company PVR will be re-releasing her debut film, Salaam Bombay, in honor of its 25th Anniversary. Known as much for her arrival on the scene as the sparking of the career of beloved actor Irrfan Khan, the film follows the story of “street children, drug-pushers, pimps and prostitutes of a red light are in Mumbai.”

I, myself, haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the film, but as a fan of Nair’s, this is definitely one that I hope to see soon. The Reluctant Fundamentalist will be arriving in theaters soon, so it may very well be one hell of a year for the great Mira Nair.

Another person who will have a great 2013 is Jon Stewart. Best known as the host of The Daily Show, he’ll be jumping behind the camera to direct his first feature, an adaptation of Mazair Bahari’s “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival.” The film will tell the story of Bahari’s time spent in jail following an arrest during Iranian election protests in 2009. Scott Rudin has tossed his name in as producer, and with a 12 week shoot scheduled for later this summer (John Oliver is going to take over the Daily Show helm during that time), this is bound to be as hotly talked about film as you’ll find come 2014.

Sources Times Of India / Deadline

Joshua Brunsting

Josh is a critic, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, a wrestling nerd, a hip-hop head, a father, a cinephile and a man looking to make his stamp on the world, one word at a time.

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