International actors should learn from Indian actors: Deepa Mehta

  • Jigar Shah, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2016 07:43 IST
Still of Bollywood actor Preity Zinta and Deepa Mehta from Heaven on Earth. (2008) (

Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta is best known for making acclaimed films like Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Water (2005) and Midnight’s Children ( 2012). Though Midnight’s Children didn’t fare well at the box office, she is happy with her work.

“I was content with the response I got for the film. There were people who hated it and there were those who loved it. That’s the nature of this industry,” she says.

Deepa Mehta and Samir Amarshi at an event of Beeba Boys (2015). (

Ask the director how she feels about Indian actors like Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone making a mark internationally, and Mehta says, “It’s terrific that there’s an increasing number of Indian names in the international arena now.” In fact, she also feels that there is a lot to learn from Indian artistes. “Internationally, the work ethic is completely different. I think international actors should learn from their Indian counterparts,” she adds.

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Most of her films revolve around Indian themes, and they have been received well across the world. Mehta thanks English film-maker Danny Boyle for this achievement. “Ironically, Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (2008) was a huge commercial success. It opened doors for all these stories that needed to be seen on the world level. Till then, all our successes had been in the art house cinema,” says Mehta.

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