Academy Awards 2017: Visaranai, India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, did not make it to the shortlist of nine films announced by the Academy earlier this month
"We wrote the mother's part in Queen Of Katwe for Lupita because she became this meteoric star and more importantly she suited the part. We wrote the part as that of young Mother Courage, someone who had children from the age of 15," said Mira Nair
In many ways, Queen of Katwe is the Ugandan equivalent of Mira's Cannes Camera d'Or winner Salaam Bombay but for the infinitely more positive take on life that is at its heart
Alicia's new original song will appear in the film and on the motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records, which also features a score by Alex Heffes
Based on real-life events, the Disney film chronicles the inspiring story of an underdog (Madia Nalwanga) from Katwe, Uganda. She is a young girl, whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess
The film is a coming-of-age story, which traces the journey of five individuals who are on a holiday. It has an ensemble cast including Kalki Koechlin and Konkona's estranged husband Ranvir Shorey
Actress Richa Chadda, who would be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much-talked about film Ram Leela, says the director advised her to be careful with her choice of films.
Celebrating 25 years of the film, a full house awaited Mira Nair at the film's screening in New Delhi.
Twenty five years after it hit the screens, Mira Nair's 1988 film Salaam Bombay!, which was even nominated for an Oscar, is re-releasing on March 22. The filmmaker is "absolutely thrilled" with the news.