Nasreen Munni Kabir

Nasreen Munni Kabir (born 1950)[1] is an India-born television producer, director and author based in the U.K.[2] She is best known for producing an annual season of Indian films for the British terrestrial television channel Channel 4.

Her work includes the 46-part series Movie Mahal, In Search of Guru Dutt, Follow that Star (a profile of Amitabh Bachchan), and Channel 4 series such as How To Make It Big in Bollywood & The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. She won the 1999 Women of Achievement Award in Arts & Culture in the UK and became a governor on the board of the British Film Institute in 2000, serving a six-year term.

Over the years, she has directed several documentaries and published 15 books on cinema, including five books featuring the dialogue of Indian celebrated classic films and book-length biographical conversations with personalities in the Hindi film industry, Javed Akhtar, Lata Mangeshkar, A.R. Rahman, Gulzar, and Waheeda Rehman.[1][3] Her latest book is a biography of legendary tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain[4][5]

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Hyderabad, India, Kabir's parents moved to London when she was age three. She did her master's in cinema studies.[1]


Kabir moved to Paris and lived there for 19 years, studying film and working as an assistant on various documentaries. She also worked with French film director Robert Bresson as his trainee assistant on the film FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER. She also worked as a consultant with Pompidou Centre in Paris, where she organised two Indian film festivals in 1983/85. In 1982, she resettled in London where she began her current job as Channel 4 TV's consultant on Indian Films. In 1986, she directed and produced a 46-part television docu-series on Indian cinema titled Movie Mahal for Channel 4 TV UK.[1] and other series on Hindi cinema.

In 2005, she produced a two-part documentary on Shahrukh Khan, The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. It featured the superstar's 2004 Temptations concert tour, the film contrasts Khan's "inner world" of family and daily life, with the "outer world" of his work. She continues to curate an annual season of Indian films for Channel 4 each year. She has also directed a six-part series for Channel 4 UK on the legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar called LATA IN HER OWN VOICE.

In April 2011, a book titled "A. R. Rahman The Spirit of Music" written based on the conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir was released. Also in 2011, she produced Bismillah of Benares a documentary on shehnai maestro, Bismillah Khan. It was presented by A.R. Rahman's KM Musiq and distributed by Sony Music in India.[6]

April 2014 saw the release of a book named 'Conversations with Waheeda Rehman' which was based on her conversations with Waheeda Rehman about the latter's life and work.[3][7]

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in London.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e "Coffee with kabir". The Indian Express. 30 March 2014. pp. 1–3. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ Kumar, Anuj (24 April 2011). "Noteworthy!". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Nasreen Munni Kabir: My biggest problem is, who next?". Livemint. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  4. ^ Kabir, Nasreen Munni. "The Zakir Hussain interview: 'What do I bring to the tabla? I think it is openness and clarity'". Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Zakir Hussain". Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  6. ^ "'I wish he had lived to see it'". The Hindu. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
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