Interviews with Deepa Mehta and Naseeruddin Shah

"There is film being made that is not 'Bombay' and not 'Western" "

-Deepa Mehta

Toronto-based Indian director Deepa Mehta emigrated to Canada in 1973 and made her first film, Sam and Me, in 1990. Two years later, she went on to direct Hollywood stars Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda in Camilla. After her stint in Hollywood, Mehta set about making the first movie in her trilogy of Fire, Earth and Water. Fire (1996), about the transgressive relationship between two sisters-in-law in a middle-class Delhi household, received much critical acclaim though it ran into problems with the censor board in India. The film was released in India only last summer.

  • There were six films at the Toronto film festival that had South Asian, but mostly Indian, talents. Is this a promising sign?

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