(July 27, 2018 – Toronto, ON) In our 2nd installment of our Looking Back series, we revisit an interview with award-winning director Deepa Mehta that was originally published in Take One Magazine in September of 2002 and republished on Northernstars a few years back.
Sixteen years ago Mehta had already delivered the first two parts of her trilogy, Fire in 1996 and Earth in 1998. The third part, Water was still a few years away.
Fire opened the Perspective Canada Program at the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival, where it tied with Fly Away Home for the Air Canada Peoples Choice Award. It was one of twenty-nine films selected from more than 1400 entries, for the prestigious New York Film Festival. At the Vancouver International Film Festival, Fire won the Federal Express Award for Best Canadian Film as chosen by the audience. At the Chicago International Film Festival, it won two Silver Hugo Awards for Best Direction and Best Actress. In Mannheim, Fire won the Jury Award and in Paris, it was voted Favorite Foreign Film. Water was chosen to open the 2005 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Most of this interview deals with her 2002 feature Bollywood/Hollywood, which was chosen to open the prestigious Perspective Canada section of that year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Click here to read: Bollywood North: An Interview with Deepa Mehta.