April 6, 2015


Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta born 1 January 1950, in Canada since 1973, is an Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter. It was one of the main why I became interested in Bollywood, she helped me to take the bridge to the transition from the Western cinema and it was not because of his film (Bollywood / Hollywood, 2002), was certainly with the breathtaking (Water, 2005).

A film that recreates the marriage in which the wife, who is only a child of eight years, falls into the “misfortune” of being widowed assuming all the consequences of their culture remaining confined in an “ashram”, a place for widows , having to beg or even prostitution to survive. The filmmaker mingles past and present in tradition. From different interviews with the director can extract her thoughts and vision of his native country situation , attacks against what she calls:

“the promotion of ignorance through religion.”

Clarifies that;

“These are the women themselves that they in line with these practices because they believe that if they did not betray the sacred texts, disown their religion.”

However the director warns:

“Throughout the world there remains a heavy dependence on religions”.

Water is part of a tetralogy formed by previous films like;

(Fire, 1996) As a result of being neglected by their husbands, grows a romance fed by empathy between women protagonists defy the taboo and social and cultural stigmas.

(Earth, 1998), the case transferred to the political and religious difference., The partition of India in 1947, arising from its divestiture of England. The division of territory is the vehicle for character development influencing numerous times to individual members, intolerance and violence manifests in them to any opponent, no matter the closest social circle to which he belongs.

After (Water, 2005), the series continues with (Heaven on Earth, 2008) developing the situation of abuse in the relationship in which a young woman travels to Canada from India to marry a man she has never met before. His dream of finding a new life becomes a nightmare in a macho environment with a sentimental alliance unreciprocated.

And finally released his last works we can mention the adaptation of a generation of young people in the newly independent India (Midnight’s Children, 2012) based on the novel by Salman Rushdie.

The August 15, 1947, at 12 pm, two children born in a clinic in Bombay, at that time, India became independent from Britain. The midwife by mistake, the exchanges. So, Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, a descendant of a wealthy marriage, barter their destinations. A story of love, magic and suffering that has nothing to do with Bollywood.