Vijaya Mehta was born in Baroda, Gujarat and graduated from Bambay University. She studied theatre with E Alkazi in Delhi and with Adi Marzban. She became a major figure in 60s Marathi experimental theatre. She is a founder member of Rangayan with playwright Vijay Tendulkar, Arvind Deshpande and Shreeram Lagoo. Her stage production of C T Khanolkar's Ek Shoonya Bajirao is considered as a landmark in contemporary Indian theatre. She introduced Brecht into Marathi theatre with adaptation of Caucasian Chalk Circle (Ajab Nyay Vartulacha), and Ionesco with Chairs. She collaborated on Indo-German theatre projects with German director Fritz Bennewitz including a traditional performance of Bhasa's Mudrarakshasa with German actors. Except Pestonjee, most of her work consists of film and television adaptations of her stage plays.
Pestonjee - 1987 - Hindi
Two old Parsee friends, the extrovert Pesi and the shy Piroj are both in love with Jeroo. Pesi marries Jeroo and also draws close to the widowed lawyer Soona. Piroj is transferred away from Bombay for five years and returns to find Jeroo had a miscarriage and that Pesi now prefers Soona's company. When Pesi dies, his funeral is paid for by Soona who has borne him a son. Based on a short story by Karanjia written in the early 50s, the film is set among the Bombay Parsees.
Direction & Co-Screenplay: Vijaya Mehta