Deepa Mehta


Deepa Mehta was born in Amritsar, Punjab, India on January 1st, 1950 and is the Director. At the age of 74, Deepa Mehta biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 1, 1950
Canada, India
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Amritsar, Punjab, India
74 years old
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Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
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Deepa Mehta Life

Deepa Mehta, (born January 1, 1950), is an Indo-Canadian film producer and screenwriter best known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005). Earth was submitted by India as its official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Water was Canada's third non-language Canadian film entry in the category after Attila Bertalan's 1990 invention-language film A Bullet to the Head and Zacharias Kunuk's 2001 Inuktitut-language film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. She co-founded Hamilton-Mehta Productions with her partner, producer David Hamilton in 1996.

In 2003, she was given a Genie Award for her contribution to Bollywood/Hollywood's screenplay.

Mehta received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in May 2012, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.

Early life

Mehta was born in Amritsar, Punjab, near the Partition of India's militarized frontier, and saw firsthand the effects brought forth by the Partition of India's. "Even as I was growing up in Amritsar, we used to go to Lahore every weekend, so we became friends who grew up with people who talked about it incessantly and said it was one of the worst sectarian wars they'd heard about."

Her family and her father, who was still a child, and her grandfather worked as a film distributor in New Delhi. Mehta enrolled at Welham Girls High School, boarding school in Dehradun, on the Himalayan foothills. She graduated from the Lady ShriARN College for Women, University of Delhi, with a degree in Philosophy.

Mehta explains how her reaction to film changed and developed as she got older and was exposed to different types of cinema, which eventually led her to become a filmmaker herself.

She states:

"I used to watch [Indian] films while growing up in Delhi and going to university in Delhi." I grew up with a healthy dose of Indian commercial cinema. My father was a film distributor, so I saw commercial Indian cinema from a young age. However, once I started attending university or even my last year of school, I really started watching Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, as well as non-Hindi cinema and non-Hollywood cinema. I was also exposed to writers like Truffaut and Godard at university. There had also been a lot of exposure to Japanese cinema. So, Ozu, Mizoguchi."


Deepa Mehta Career


Mehta joined a film company that made documentary and educational films for the Indian government after graduating. She met and married Canadian documentary filmmaker Paul Saltzman, who was filming in India, during her first feature-length documentary focusing on a child bride's working life. In 1973, she and her husband moved to Toronto to live with her husband.

Mehta and Saltzman, as well as Mehta's brother Dilip, formed Sunrise Films, a film company that began producing documentaries but later developed the television series Spread Your Wings (1977-79) about young people from around the world. In addition, Mehta produced several episodes of the Saltzman-produced CBC drama Danger Bay (1984–90).

Mehta produced At 99: A Portrait of Louise Tandy Murch (1975) and Traveling Light (1986), the former focusing on Mehta's brother Dilip's work as a photographer. Traveler Light will be nominated for three Gemini Awards. Martha, Ruth and Edie was produced and co-directed by Mehta in 1987, based on Alice Munro's work. The Cannes International Film Festival will screen it again in 1988, with it winning the Best Feature Film Award at the 11th International Film Festival in Florence.

Sam & Me's debut with Om Puri in 1991, a tale about a young Indian boy and an elderly Jewish man in Parkdale, Toronto's suburban suburb of Parkdale. At $11 million, it tied for the highest-budgeted film directed by a woman in Canada. In the 1991 Cannes Film Festival's Camera d'Or category, it was named Honourable Mention. Mehta continued her film Camilla, starring Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy in 1994. She directed Bollywood/Hollywood in 2002, for which she received the Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Mehta produced two episodes of George Lucas' television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. "Benares, January 1910," the first episode, aired in 1993. The second episode of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father was released in 1996 as part of a television series called Young Indiana Jones: Traveling with Father.

Mehta produced several English-language films in Canada, including The Republic of Love (2003) and Heaven on Earth (2008), which deal with domestic violence and has Preity Zinta playing the female lead. It premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The Forgotten Woman, directed by her brother Dilip, was also produced in 2008.

Mehta wrote and directed Beeba Boys in 2015. It premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Mehta produced Anatomy of Violence, a drama film that uses fantasy to investigate the root causes that led to the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder.

Telefilm Canada announced on October 29, 2020, Mehta's film Funny Boy (2020) would represent Canada in the Academy Awards competition for best international feature film. However, the film was disqualified by the Academy Awards because its blend of English, Sinhala, and Tamil dialogue did not meet the required percentage of non-English dialogue.

Mehta received the Best Director award for Funny Boy at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021. The award for Best Adapted Screenplay was also given to her and cowriter Shyam Selvadurai.

Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy — Fire (1996), Earth (1998) (published in India as 1947: Earth), and Water (2005), which received her much deserved acclaim. Aamir Khan, Seema Biswas, Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, John Abraham, Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, and Nandita Das are among the notable actors to have appeared in this trilogy. Both Mehta's and author Bapsi Sidhwa's collaborations are also noteworthy. Cracking India (1991, United States; 1992, India; 1992, India); Mehta's book 'Certified Man's 1998 film Earth is based on Sidhwa's novel Cracking India (1991, 1992, England); 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England) is the basis for Mehta's 1998 film Earth.

Mehta describes the theory behind the Elements films' ability as being highly organic. "You know, you read about widows — my grandmother is a widow — but I had never seen such institutionalization of widows until I arrived in Varanasi." Gyanvati, a widow who was about 80 years old, was a widow and I became aware of ashrams through her. I expected that if I made a film about widows; but then I forgot about it. Fire is the one I wrote.

Mehta told Shabana Azmi that her next film would be an adaptation of Bapsi Sidwha's Cracking India; when Azmi asked what it would be called, Mehta replied, "Earth." Mehta continues to emphasize that each film focuses on a particular topic's politics.

Fire follows the romance between two sisters-in-law whose own sexless marriages brought them together in a passionate union. On its unveiling, a controversy emerged as several Hindutva groups opposed its central lesbian romance, one that was seen to defy traditional family and religious identity within society, as demonstrated marches have erupted in cities across India. The film was internationally recognized, and at the Vancouver International Film Festival, it would continue to win the Most Popular Canadian Film Award. This was also the first feature length dramatic film that Mehta co-authored and directed, an activity that she would continue to do throughout her career.

Earth explores the period leading up to and during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, as well as how one family's life was influenced by this historic event. The Earth's primary goal was supposed to be about "the division of the earth," but it is also metaphorical: what does our matrubhoomi (motherland) mean to us? Mehta's family history was represented in the film, although Mehta herself was born in Punjab, not far from the Indian/Pakistan border.

An eight-year-old girl who is now widowed is out of money. She is left in an ashram, where she will live from then on, in keeping with widowhood's roots. Hindu fundamentalists, who saw the film as disrespectful and who had reservations with Mehta's earlier films and their representation of Hindu culture, criticized it. The regional government refused to let the production, which allowed them to film in Varanasi's holy city. The company eventually moved to Sri Lanka. Water debuted at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival in 2006 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Mehta narrated Midnight's Children after collaborating on the screenplay with book's author Salman Rushdie. Satya Bhabha played Saleem Sinai, while Shriya Saran, Seema Biswas, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Siddharth Narayan, Rahul Bose, Soha Ali Khan, Shahana Goswami, and Darsheel Safary all appeared in roles.

The film was released on September 9, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was nominated for Best Motion Picture in addition to seven other awards at the Canadian Screen Awards.