Deepa Mehta

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
The two predominant themes in the work of writer-director Deepa Mehta are 1) the transcendence of age differentials and cultural barriers and 2) passion in its various guises. Drawing on her own status as a woman whose ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1950 in India

Filmography

Director (19)

Beeba Boys 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

At 99: A Portrait of Louise Tandy Murch 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

K.Y.T.E.S. 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Midnight's Children 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Heaven on Earth 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Stella 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Water 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Talk About It 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Republic of Love 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Bollywood/Hollywood 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Earth 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Fire 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Indiana Jones: Travels With Father 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Camilla 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 1985 - 1987, 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Sam & Me 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Martha, Ruth & Edie 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Danger Bay 1985 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (10)

K.Y.T.E.S. 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Midnight's Children 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Heaven on Earth 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stella 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Forgotten Woman 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Earth 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fire 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Skin Deep 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sam & Me 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Martha, Ruth & Edie 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (10)

Beeba Boys 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bakery 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Midnight's Children 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heaven on Earth 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Forgotten Woman 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Water 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Republic of Love 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Bollywood/Hollywood 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Earth 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fire 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (1)

The Bakery 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (1)

Bollywood/Hollywood 2002 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Biography

The two predominant themes in the work of writer-director Deepa Mehta are 1) the transcendence of age differentials and cultural barriers and 2) passion in its various guises. Drawing on her own status as a woman whose identity straddles two disparate worlds, her native India and her adopted homeland of Canada, this gifted filmmaker sheds new light on the seemingly banal topics of friendship and history. In a handful of films, Mehta has emerged as a potent voice in world cinema.

Relationships

Father

Dilip Mehta

Brother

Paul Saltzman

Husband
Canadian married in 1973 divorced c. 1987

Devyani Saltzman

Daughter
born c. 1980

EDUCATION

University of New Delhi

1973
met future husband while attending

Milestones

2005

Helmed the final film in her trilogy, "Water," which is set in the 1930s and focuses upon the difficult lives of a group of widows living in an impoverished ashram (institution for widows); earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (US rel

2000

Attempted to complete her trilogy filming "Water"; project put on hold when shooting was suspended because of local protests in India

1998

Co-produced, wrote and directed "Earth", the second film in her trilogy, detailing the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan filtered through the eyes of a crippled Parsee child; based on the semi-autobiographical novel "Cracking India" by Bapsi Sidhwa; fi

1996

With Michael Schultz, credited as director of "Young Indiana Jones: Travels With Father", a telefilm aired on The Family Channel

1996

Scripted, co-produced and directed "Fire", the first in a proposed trilogy of films named after elements; film generated controversy as it depicted the growing relationship between an Indian woman and her sister-in-law; initial collaboration with actress

1994

Helmed second feature "Camilla", a character study co-starring Jessica Tandy, Bridget Fonda and Hume Cronyn

1992

Directed "Benares, January 1910", an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)

1991

First fictional feature "Sam & Me"; also co-produced

1988

Directed four episodes of the TV series "Danger Bay"

1988

Helmed an episode of the Canadian TV series "The Twin"; also acted in a separate episode

1988

With Norma Bailey and Daniele J Suissa, co-directed "Martha, Ruth & Edie"; also produced; credited as Deepa Mehta Saltzman

1986

Directed documentary about her brother, "Travelling Light: The Photojournalism of Dilip Mehta"

1975

Directorial debut with the documentary short "At 99: A Portrait of Louise Tandy Murch"

1974

Scripted and edited the documentary "The Bakery", directed by Saltzman

1973

Emigrated to Canada

Raised in Delhi, India

Early work in the movie industry, writing scripts for children's films

With then-husband Paul Saltzman and brother Dilip, co-founded Sunrise Films Ltd.

Bonus Trivia

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I have my own theory about why there has been such a silence about this tragedy by western filmmakers, and it is just a theory. I think it is bound up with a number of attitudes that prevail in the western countries about India. Obviously I am not including everybody in this generalisation, there are many exceptions, but there are several conceptions that prevail in the west about India. There is firstly the spiritual India-a place where you go and find nirvana. Secondly, there is the conception that India is entirely poverty stricken, with a permanent kind of begging bowl attitude. There is the India of Maharajas, princes and queens, and the India that comes from nostalgia for the Raj. And there is always the prevailing pressure that people should feel superior to some other place: look how bad India is with all the beggars, aren't we lucky to be better off.

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