‘Fire’ was notoriously banned fro a period in India. The protests were on the grounds that the film denigrated Indian culture. Mehta's main point in making films is to challenge blind tradition in India: "It was important to set it [the films] in India because the story is happening there. It is a microcosm of India, the challenging of traditions. I seriously wanted to break the stereotypes of India, the 'exotic' India of the Raj and the princes and the mysticism. Exotic India doesn't really exist".
Deepa Mehta (born in 1950 in Amritsar Punjab, India) is an Indian-Canadian film director and screenwriter who is based in Toronto and Delhi. Because her father was a film distributor and theatre owner, Mehta grew up on movies. After school she would go there with friends and watch movies for free, yet she did not realise she had a serious interest in films until after finishing her education. Graduated in philosophy from the University of Delhi, she immigrated to Canada in 1973. Starting her career as a screenwriter for children's films, Mehta made her feature-film directorial debut with ‘Sam & Me’, wining First Honorable Mention in the Camera d'Or category of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.
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