Salaam Shantaram!

Mira Nair
Mira Nair: OurBollywood.Com

Now that Mira Nair has The Namesake in the can, she’s set her sights on another east-meets-west tale about shifting identities and the search for self.

Her latest film, Shantaram, stars Johnny Depp and is based on the real-life story of Gregory David Roberts–an Australian former convict and author of 2004’s eponymous book.

“Unlike the movies where the white man comes to the ‘dark continent’ and teaches how to light a candle, make electricity or whatever, this is a film about a man who is ashamed, guilty, who has no self esteem at all, who is a convict, heroin addict and he discovers what honor is,” says Nair.

Shantaram will be filmed almost exclusively in India beginning this November. It is scheduled to be released in 2008.

Until then, Nair will keep busy, putting together a series of 12-minute films designed to raise awareness about the spread of HIV/AIDS. The public services pieces, starring Irfan Khan, Sameera Reddy and Raima Sen, among others, will hit Indian theaters next fall.

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Mira Nair’s production company

January 23, 2007
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  1. January 23, 2007, 11:18 am chai

    i’m really excited about this movie. this book, which i am still reading, is amazingly written. i know nair will capture the essence of this man and his adventures, spiritually, mentally, and physically, in india.