Last Updated Tue, 25 Apr 2006 17:56:35 EDT
Deepa Mehta’s award-winning movie Water is to open in theaters in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco on Friday.
The film, which has been shown to acclaim in Canada, Australia and Spain, is just hitting commercial cinemas in the U.S. However, it has shown at several U.S. film festivals, including the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Indianapolis International Film Festival.
New Delhi-born Mehta is hopeful that Water will be shown throughout India later this year. The film has aired at a festival there, but is not yet in general release.
Canadian director Mehta has been controversial in India since she made Fire, a film depicted two Indian women in a lesbian relationship. She began filming Water in India, but was forced to move the shoot to Sri Lanka after several religious and political groups smashed sets and threatened her life, saying the film insults Hindu traditions.
The film is about the plight of widows in 1930s India. Set in a widows’ ashram, it follows a rebellious child widow and her relationship with a beautiful young woman who falls in love with a follower of Mahatma Ghandi.
A release date has been set for November 2006 in India.
Water won best international film at the Bangkok International Festival earlier this year, and won three Genie Awards including best cinematography and best actress for Seema Biswas.
Mehta made it onto Hollywood’s radar in 1992, when she worked with George Lucas on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
Her next film Komagata Maru, to star Water’s John Abraham, is about Sikhs trying to come to Canada in 1914.