CAA and NRC Protests: Deepa Mehta on the Role of Artists in ‘Resisting the Forces of Fascism’ | NDTV
Deepa Mehta has never been shy about her politics. The Indo-Canadian writer-director gave Bollywood its first lesbian relationship in the ‘90s with Fire, which led to protests from right-wing groups such as Shiv Sena. That led to a reputation, with Hindu fundamentalists trashing the sets of Water in the early 2000s in Varanasi on false accusations, forcing Mehta to move to Sri Lanka. She would also film her 2012 adaptation of Midnight’s Children there, fearful of how loyalists would react to the depiction of Indira Gandhi. And then last year, Mehta helmed Leila, a Netflix series that portrays life under a Hindu nationalist police state.