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Sooni Taraporevala with Mira Nair.
Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

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From Salaam Bombay to Little Zizou

She juggles many hats.

As a photographer, her work has been displayed around the world's top galleries, including London's Tate Modern.

As an author, she's written and shot for a coffee table book -- Parsis: the Zoroastrians of India -- A Photographic Journey -- that fellow Parsi and legendary conductor Zubin Mehta calls 'the finest documentation of the life and achievement of our community in 20th century India.'

And, for the last 20 years, Sooni Taraporevala has also been a screenwriter, writing landmark films like Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala, and, most recently, The Namesake.

Now, with Sooni readying for her first film, Raja Sen catches up with her at her Mumbai home, talking about Mira Nair, adapting a book you love, and her imminent directorial debut. Accompanied by snapshots from Sooni's on set experiences.

Photographs: Sooni Taraporevala | Design: Uday Kuckian


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