said: "The brilliant thing is that there's room for all of
us - for our four-hour Bollywood extravaganzas and for my independent
work - because we come from a place whose heart is as big as the
to those who worry about us filmmakers becoming more international
than Indian, I say this - it is because my roots are so strong that
I can fly."
Dandona, chairperson of the Bollywood Group, said: "In terms
of promoting and promulgating India and Indian culture globally
through cinema, Mira stands in a league of her own."
university graduate, Nair made her debut feature "Salaam Bombay"
in 1988. She followed it up with "Mississippi Masala",
"The Perez Family", "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love",
"My Own Country", "The Laughing Club of India",
"Hysterical Blindness", "Vanity Fair", "Monsoon
Wedding" and "The Namesake".
celebrities slated to perform at this year's awards show include
Bipasha Basu, Arjun Rampal, Vivek Oberoi, Urmila Matondkar, Soha
Ali Khan, Neha Dhupia, Kangana Ranaut and Mona Singh.