Deepa Mehta: News

Indo-Canadians are often trapped between two contrasting cultural identities, but for Deepa Mehta, it was a blessing in disguise. She weaved through her conflicting identities and created transnational masterpieces. Her Canadian identity helped her in tackling Indian issues in a way no Indian could do. Born on January 1, 1950, in Amritsar, Punjab, Mehta studied at Welham Girls High School. After graduating from Lady Shri Ram College for Women with a bachelor’s in philosophy, she began her career by making films and documentaries for the Indian government. In 1973, she migrated to Canada with her husband Paul Saltzman. In 1991, she made her feature film debut with the film ‘Sam & Me.’ At the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, the film received a special mention in the Caméra d'Or category. ‘Fire,’ the first of her ‘Elements Trilogy,’ was released in 1996. ‘Earth’ and ‘Water,’ the second and third installment in the trilogy, were released in 1998 and 2005, respectively. All three films were highly acclaimed by critics. ‘Water’ was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Vancouver Film Critics Circle awarded her the Best Director award for ‘Water.’ In 2012, Mehta’s ‘Midnight’s Children,’ an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel, was released amidst great appreciation from various corners. She was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada (highest civilian honor in Canada) in 2013 for her work.

24 Jan 2022


National Girl Child Day: Women role models who inspire us

The National Girl Child Day is an initiative by the Ministry of Women and Child Development that is celebrated every year on January 24.

16 Apr 2020


'Khubsoorat' actor Ranjit Chowdhry passes away at 64

In a saddening piece of news, film and theatre actor Ranjit Chowdhry, best known for his roles in movies like Khatta Meetha and Khubsoorat, passed away on Wednesday.

30 Dec 2019


'Sacred Games', 'Kabir Singh' most popular Netflix releases of 2019

The second season of Netflix's first-ever Indian original series Sacred Games, Shahid Kapoor's highly controversial Bollywood drama Kabir Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Article 15 have emerged as the most popular title releases in India on Netflix during 2019.

10 Sep 2018


Artistes will always fight for freedom of expression: Deepa Mehta

Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta swears by Tony Morrison's quote, "All art is political," and says artistes across the world will always fight for freedom of expression, trying not to succumb to "self-censorship".

08 Mar 2018


Women's Day: 6 contemporary Bollywood films that celebrate womanhood

Stories of women have always been told in Bollywood. Though before Vidya Balan, they were few and far between.

23 Mar 2017

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India's first silent short on LGBT rejected at Washington Festival

Sisak, India's first silent short film on an LGBT couple, was rejected by Washington West Film Festival. Though organizers have denied its theme as a reason, they allegedly mentioned Washington's "volatile" environment in an email to its director.

26 Aug 2016


Aamir Khan to take 2 interns every year

Aamir who had received several inquiries from students keen to learn the functioning of the film industry in the past, has decided to take 2 interns every year.