Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is internationally renowned. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played at major film festivals, and been sold and distributed around the globe. Her fiction films include the Elemental Trilogy: Fire, Earth, and the Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, Water; Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth, the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel; Beeba Boys, Anatomy of Violence, and most recently the award-winning Funny Boy, which was nominated for several Canadian Screen Awards and won for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. The film also picked up Best Picture and Best Supporting Performance Female at the 2021 Leo Awards. For the small screen, Mehta shot the pilot and second episode for the Netflix Original series, Leila, and is the Creative Executive Producer for the show. She also directed The Manager and Mr. Song, the pilot episodes of Little America’s two seasons for Apple TV as well as the episode Bear Down for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Yellowjackets. Mehta’s latest film I am Sirat, a documentary, is premiering at TIFF 2023, and will be in competition at BFI London Film Festival 2023, before opening in January 2024. Mehta is currently working on a feature film based on Avni Doshi’s Booker Prize finalist novel Burnt Sugar. Frieda Pinto is attached to star and co-produce.