Director Mira Nair to Honor Kamala Harris With 'Mississippi Masala' Rerelease

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Kamala Harris

At the launch of the Tribeca Chanel women filmmaker program, Through Her Lens, Mira Nair delivered a speech reflecting on her journey from India to Hollywood that began with her 1991 film Mississippi Masala.

In it, Sarita Choudhury plays a woman who moves from India to Mississippi, where she falls in love with Denzel Washington's character. Nair revealed she is tracking down the negatives for rerelease as "an anthem for Kamala" Harris — the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father — as she bids to become vp.

"When Mississippi Masala [opened], there were lines around the block of interracial couples from everywhere who wanted to see … people who looked like themselves onscreen," she said during the afternoon tea, which featured remarks from Tribeca's Jane Rosenthal and Paula Weinstein and appearances by the likes of Emilia Clarke, Glenn Close and Angela Bassett. "Three decades later, it continues to speak the truth."

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Nair for clarification on the release plans but has not heard back as of press time.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.