About Deepa Mehta
Deepa Mehta has never shied away from voicing her thoughts, using
cinema as her medium. Her movies are outrageously honest, the most
controversial of which were the Elements Trilogy.
Mehta celebrates her birthday on 1st January 1950. She was born in
Amritsar, Punjab, India before she migrated to Canada in 1973.
She did her schooling at Welham Girls High School. She has a degree in philosophy from the University of Delhi.
Deepa Mehta was married to a Canadian movie producer and director Paul Saltzman and they have a daughter Devyani.
She has written, directed and produced movies and television shows since 1975.
Mehta directed a short film At 99: A Portrait of Louisa Tandy Murch
(1975) and a comedy Martha, Ruth & Edie (1988). She worked on three
episodes of Danger Bay (1989 – 1990) and one episode of The Young
Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993).
In 1991, she directed Sam &
Me with Om Puri, exploring relationship in a Toronto neighbourhood.
Camilla (1994) starred Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy.
(1996) was the first of her trilogy which starred Nandita Das and
Shabana Azmi and was about a lesbian relationship. It came under a lot
of fire by conservative groups. Earth (1998) was set during the
Partition of India and starred Nandita Das, Aamir Khan and Rahul Khanna.
2002, she surprised the audience with a lighthearted comedy Bollywood
Hollywood with Lisa Ray and Rahul Khanna in the lead. Republic of Love
(2003) was based on a novel by Carol Shields.
Water, the last
of her trilogy was finally released in 2005. The movie which had
initially cast Nandita Sen and Shabana Azmi was not allowed to be shot
in India. She shot the movie in Sri Lanka. It was about the state of
widows in India. The movie starred Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas and John
Abraham. It went on to win many awards.
Her latest movies are
Heaven on Earth, What's Cooking Stella?, Exclusion and Midnight's
Children. Heaven on Earth is a grim look at domestic violence starring
Preity Zinta and has won a lot of praise internationally. She has
written What's Cooking Stella? along with her brother Dilip Mehta.
Exclusion will be released in 2010 and is about the Komagata Maru
incident about the immigrant laws. Midnight's Children is based on
Salman Rushdie's award winning novel.