Graduated in Philosophy from University of New Delhi, Deepa Mehta began her cinematic career writing scripts for children's films. In 1990, Mehta produced and directed her first feature film Sam & Me, which won the very first Honorable Mention by the Critics in the prestigious Camera d'Or category at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Her second feature film Camilla (1993) was a Canadian / UK co-production with Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda starring in it.
Deepa Mehata's third feature film Fire (1996) is the first part of the proposed trilogy of element. Written, directed and produced by Mehta, Fire won her a number of international awards. Earth, based on Bapsi Sidhwa's critically acclaimed novel, Cracking India, is the second film in Mehta's trilogy.
Fire - 1996 - Hindi / English
Radha is unwavering in her devotion to her husband Ashok, despite their barren and sexless arranged marriage. For 15 years Radha has been the consummate Indian wife while Ashok, under the guidance of a spiritual leader, is attempting to rid himself completely of any form of desire.
Meanwhile, Ashok's brother Jatin has brought home his new wife Sita, but is unwilling to give up his relationship with his Chinese girlfriend. Slowly, Sita's presence causes the threads that held the family together to unravel. Each member tries to hang on to a semblance of allegiance to the deeply rooted traditions of Indian family life, while at the same time seeking expression for their own personal needs and desires. Unable to woo her new husband, the young and feisty Sita is the first to question the order of things. Her doubts are contagious, and soon Radha's devotion begins to waver too. Deprived of their husbands' affections, the two women draw closer together in ways neither imagined.
Direction & Screenplay: Deepa Mehta