The controversial trilogy Fire, Earth and Water by Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire (1996), Earth (1998) (released in India as 1947: Earth), and Water (2005). This controversial director has bravely tackled some of the great taboos in Indian life, principally sexuality in Fire, the politics of nationalism in Earth, and the plight of widows in Water. When Deepa Mehta first began filming Water in 2000, angry mobs burned her sets and threatened her life. The Indian government claimed it could not protect her, and the project had to wait four years before finally filming in Sri Lanka. Andrew Sarris of the New York Observer called it ‘Quite possibly the best picture of the year thus far, with no fewer than three of the most luminous female performances I have ever seen onscreen.’

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