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Deepa Mehta ( दीपा मेहता ),(born 1950 in Amritsar Punjab, India) is a controversial Indian-Canadian film director and screenwriter who is based in Toronto and Delhi. Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... , This article is about the Indian state of Punjab. ... – // Indo-Canadians are Canadians whose origin traces back to the nation of India. ... , Delhi (Hindi: , Punjabi: , Urdu: ) sometimes referred to as Dilli, is the second-largest metropolis in India after Mumbai with a population of 13 million. ...

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Background and career

Mehta graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in philosophy before immigrating to Canada in 1973. The University of Delhi (Hindi: दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय) is a university in India. ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ...


She embarked on her film career as a screenwriter for children's films. In 1991 she made her feature-film directorial debut with Sam & Me (starring Om Puri), a story of the relationship between a young Indian boy and an elderly Jewish gentleman in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale. It won First Honorable Mention in the Camera d'Or category of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Mehta followed up with Camilla starring Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy in 1994. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Om Puri Om Puri (born October 18, 1950) is an Indian actor of Hindi movies. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Businesses along Queen Street West near Gladstone Avenue. ... The Caméra dOr (Golden Camera) is an award of the Cannes Film Festival for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes selections (Official Selection, Directors Fortnight or International Critics Week). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ... Bridget Fonda and Luc Besson at Cannes, 2001 Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an American actress. ... Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English/American theatre, film and TV actress. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Deepa Mehta is currently preparing a film entitled Exclusion, which is rumored to star Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham. The plot is based on the Komagata Maru incident that occurred in Canada. Exclusion, formerly known as Kamagata Maru, is a forthcoming movie to be directed by internationally acclaimed director, Deepa Mehta starring Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Kabir Bedi and well-known British actor, Terence Stamp in lead roles. ... Amitabh Bachchan (born October 11, 1942) (; Devanagari: अमिताभ बच्चन) is a Bollywood actor, and one of the most prominent figures in the Indian film industry. ... John Abraham (Hindi: जॉन अब्राहम, Urdu: جَون ابراهام), born 17 December 1972, is a former model turned Bollywood actor. ... The Komagata Maru was a Japanese steam liner that sailed from Hong Kong to Shanghai, China, Yokohama, Japan, and then to British Columbia, Canada, in 1914, carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, India, most of whom were not allowed to land in Canada and were returned to India. ...


Elements trilogy

Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy, all of which were set in India. Some notable actors that have worked in Mehta's films are Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Lisa Ray, and Nandita Das. The Elements trilogy is a series of films by Indian film-maker Deepa Mehta, dealing with controversial issues of social reform on the Indian subcontinent. ... Aamir Hussain Khan (; Hindi: आमिर ख़ान, Urdu: عامر حسین خان) (born March 14, 1965) in Mumbai, India, is a highly acclaimed and a prominent National Film Award-winning Indian film actor and producer. ... Shabana Azmi (Hindi: शबाना आज़मी, born 18 September 1950 at New Delhi, India) is one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema. ... This biographical article needs more biographical information on the subject. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nandita Das (born November 7, 1969 in Delhi, India) is an Indian actress. ...


These films are also notable for Mehta's collaborative work with author Bapsi Sidhwa. Sidhwa's novel Cracking India, (1991, U.S.; 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England), is the basis for Mehta's 1998 film, Earth. Mehta's film, Water, was later published by Sidhwa as the 2006 novel, Water: A Novel. Bapsi Sidhwa (1938 - ) is an important author of Pakistani origin who writes in English. ... Cracking India, (1991, U.S., 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England) is a novel by author Bapsi Sidhwa. ... Bapsi Sidhwas novel, Cracking India, (1991, U.S.; 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England), was released as the 1998 film Earth (1947 in India), directed by Deepa Mehta. ... Water is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian 2005 film directed and written by Deepa Mehta. ... Water, (2006), U.S., 2006, India; is a novel by author Bapsi Sidhwa. ...


Fire (1996)

The first film in the series, Fire (1996), is set in contemporary India. It was a highly controversial film among certain more conservative quarters in India due to its depictions of gender, marriage, and (homo)sexuality and particularly because of use of names of Hindu goddesses and potraying them as lesbians. ([1]) Fire is a 1996 drama film directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. ...


1947: Earth (1998)

Earth (1998) (released in India as 1947: Earth) tells the story of the partition of India in 1947 from the vantage point of a young Parsi girl. Bapsi Sidhwas novel, Cracking India, (1991, U.S.; 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England), was released as the 1998 film Earth (1947 in India), directed by Deepa Mehta. ... This article is under construction. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Parsi (Gujarati: Pārsī, IPA: ), sometimes spelled Parsee, is a member of the close-knit Zoroastrian community based in the Indian subcontinent. ...


Earth was the Indian nominee for the 2000 72nd Academy Award for Best Foreign film, but was not included among the final five nominees selected by the AMPAS. The following 47 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 72nd Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (release at the country of origin November 1, 1998 - October 31, 1999, ceremony March 2000). ... The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization, founded on May 11, 1927 in California to advance the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ...


Water (2005)

The final film in the trilogy, Water (2005), is set in the 1930s and focuses upon the difficult lives of an impoverished group of widows living in an ashram. Water was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, making it Canada's first non-French-language film to receive a nomination in that category. Water is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian 2005 film directed and written by Deepa Mehta. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... An Ashram (Pronounced aashram) in ancient India was a Hindu hermitage where sages (See Rishi) lived in peace and tranquility amidst nature. ... The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best film in a language other than English, released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ...


Controversies

Events during production of Water

Mehta had originally intended to direct Water in February, 2000, with the actors Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das and Akshay Kumar. Her earlier film, Fire, however, had previously attracted hostility from some people in the Hindu community (who objected to her subject matter) and had organized attacks on cinemas that screened that film. Thus, the day before filming of Water was due to begin, the crew was informed that there were complications with gaining location permits. The following day, they learned that 2,000 protesters had stormed the ghats, destroying the main film set, burning and throwing it into the Ganges in protest of the film's subject matter.[1] Water is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian 2005 film directed and written by Deepa Mehta. ... Shabana Azmi (Hindi: शबाना आज़मी, born 18 September 1950 at New Delhi, India) is one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema. ... Nandita Das (born November 7, 1969 in Delhi, India) is an Indian actress. ... Akshay Kumar (Hindi: अक्षय कुमार, born Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, on September 9, 1967) is a popular Bollywood film actor. ... Fire is a 1996 drama film directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. ... Desaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, crowded with pilgrims at sunrise. ... “Ganga” redirects here. ...


The resulting tensions meant that Mehta struggled for many years to make Water and was eventually forced to make it in Sri Lanka rather than India.[2] She eventually made the film, with a new cast, and a new title (Full Moon) in 2003. The struggle to make the film was detailed in a non-fiction book, Shooting Water: A Mother-Daughter Journey and the Making of the Film, written by Mehta's daughter, author Devyani Saltzman (whose father is Canadian producer and director Paul Saltzman, son of pioneering Canadian weather forecaster Percy Saltzman).[3] Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Devyani Saltzman is a Canadian writer. ... Percy Saltzman, CM, BA (born Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1915) is Canadas first weatherman in Canadian television history. ...


Filmography

Fire is a 1996 drama film directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. ... Bapsi Sidhwas novel, Cracking India, (1991, U.S.; 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England), was released as the 1998 film Earth (1947 in India), directed by Deepa Mehta. ... Bollywood/Hollywood is a 2002 film by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta. ... Water is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian 2005 film directed and written by Deepa Mehta. ... Exclusion, formerly known as Kamagata Maru, is a forthcoming movie to be directed by internationally acclaimed director, Deepa Mehta starring Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Kabir Bedi and well-known British actor, Terence Stamp in lead roles. ...

See also

The term womens cinema usually refers to the work of women film directors. ...

Honorary degrees

She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario on June 13, 2006. An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... Doctor of Laws (Latin: Legum Doctor, LL.D) is a doctorate-level academic degree in law. ... The University of Western Ontario (known as Western, as well as UWO or Western Ontario) is a research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Awards

Deepa recently won an Indian International Film Academy Award for outstanding achievement by an Indian in international cinema.


External links

Interview with Deepa Mehta in Karachi, after Water was screened there. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


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Notes and references


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The Cannes Festival Blog - Oscar-Nominee Deepa Mehta on "Water" (2377 words)
Deepa Mehta: The reason that I named these films is because these are the elements that nurture us, but yet, they have a capacity to destroy us.
Deepa Mehta: In India, we live in extended families, where there is a strong relationship between the young and the old.
Deepa Mehta: What keeps me going, and keeps me passionate, is my curiosity, my desire as a person to always know more, especially in the socio-political arena.
Deepa Mehta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (670 words)
Deepa Mehta (born 1950 in Amritsar, India) is an Indian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter who is based in Toronto.
Mehta graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in philosophy before emigrating to Canada in 1973.
Mehta is battling the accusation that she lifted her script from the novel Sei Samaya.
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