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I work with stars only if they fit the role: Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta says Indian filmmakers are churning out great stories, they are all coming from male directors.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 23, 2017 11:32:56 am
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Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta says she does not believe in making movies with top actors just to grab the eyeballs.

Mehta, who has collaborated with superstar Aamir Khan for Earth, Preity Zinta for Heaven on Earth and made Beeba Boys with Randeep Hooda, says she casts the actors according to the requirement of the role.

“Like Aamir was right for Earth, Randeep Hooda was fabulous in Beeba Boys, Priety Zinta was fabulous in Heaven on Earth, and so they all were part of the films and not because they are stars,” she says.

“The films are financed by Canadians and I don’t have this thing that I should have star in my film and then only the film will sell. Stop thinking that. I don’t have that thing in me. They are wonderful stars (but I work with them) if they are right for the role.”

The Earth helmer says she catches up on Bollywood films and loved watching Aamir-starrer Dangal. Mehta feels though Indian filmmakers are churning out great stories, they are all coming from male directors.

Bombay, Fiza, 1947 earth, Garam Hawa, Kai PO Che, Shorgul, DDev Zakhm, parzania, mr and mrs iyer, hindu muslim tension 1947 Earth (1998): Directed by Deepa Mehta, the film has its story set in Lahore in the time period directly before and during the Partition of India in 1947. Aamir Khan, for the first time, played a in a negative role in the film which was about how the partition and its tragedy created a rift among a group of friends.

She says there is a lack of women filmmakers, both in India and internationally. “You (India) have wonderful stories but they are all made by guys mostly. Like ‘Trapped’ by Vikramaditya Motwane, then there is ‘Masaan’, ‘Titli’, ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, it’s so funny, it’s not necessary to have serious cinema always.

“You have an amazing cinema, you have great filmmakers and stories here. But there is lack of women filmmakers not just here in India but across the world,” she says.

Mehta lauded the work of Bollywood female directors like Reema Kagti, Kiran Rao and Alankrita Shrivastava. “Here you have Reema Kagti who did the wonderful film ‘Talaash’, Kiran Rao, she did a beautiful film ‘Dhobi Ghat’, and then you have ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, if you ever get to see it. So, there are four-five (women filmmakers) here and there,” she says.

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