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2008-11-13 15:00:16

TORONTO, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Deepa Mehta announced today the pivotal character of Mewa Singh will be played by Vinay Virmani (photograph attached) in his debut film Komagata Maru. Vinay is a recent graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute of New York. Mewa Singh, a young Sikh man, enraged by the injustice and duplicity he and his countrymen were subjected to, assassinated at point blank range William Charles Hopkinson. Hopinkson was the principal conspirator against the...

2008-11-13 15:00:16

TORONTO, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Deepa Mehta with Akshay Kumar announced today the pivotal character of Mewa Singh will be played by Vinay Virmani (photograph attached) in his debut film Komagata Maru. Vinay is a recent graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute of New York. Mewa Singh, a young Sikh man, enraged by the injustice and duplicity he and his countrymen were subjected to, assassinated at point blank range William Charles Hopkinson. Hopinkson was the principal...

2008-09-10 09:00:28

By Joan Dupont The Toronto festival has always been rich ground for films from India. This city is home to Deepa Mehta, famous for her trilogy on the making of modern India - "Fire""Earth," and "Water." The director has set her new film, "Heaven on Earth," on Canadian soil, portraying an Indian family cloistered in anger and frustration. It is a bold film, with Preity Zinta, a Bollywood star, as a young girl shipped abroad to marry a man she has never met, and who rejects her. It does not...

2008-08-06 21:00:21

Please consider an interview with director/writer Dilip Mehta and producer Noemi Weis. These courageous filmmakers made "The Forgotten Woman," a quietly powerful documentary that looks at the destitution and marginalization of 20 million widows in India. These women are forced by age-old traditions to live out their remaining years isolated from and shunned by the society at large. This staggering number almost equals the entire population of Canada. As part of Independent Documentary...

2006-04-28 01:24:33

By Krittivas Mukherjee KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Six years ago, when Indian-born director Deepa Mehta set out to make a film about the conflict between conscience and faith, little did she expect the project to end up testing her own beliefs. As the film, 'Water', releases in theatres across the United States on Friday, Mehta says her faith prevailed just like that of the young Hindu widows in the story who struggle to escape the stigma that forces them into a dreary existence. The...

2005-09-09 15:56:31

By Jeffrey Hodgson and Arthur Spiegelman TORONTO (Reuters) - Two Hollywood "bad boys" on their best behavior, the plight of widows in India, and the story of a world-famous nude nightclub in London grabbed center stage at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday. Robert Downey Jr. and co-star Val Kilmer hit the festival talk circuit to promote their comedy thriller "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," which features Downey as a petty thief and Kilmer as a gay detective who solve a grisly murder. The...

2005-09-08 09:15:57

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 30th edition on Thursday with movies about violence, sexuality and the stress of a post-9/11 world set to share a stage with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. The 10-day event, which film critic Roger Ebert calls the start of Hollywood's "Oscar season," will screen more than 250 features on subjects as diverse as female miners, gay cowboys, would-be suicide bombers, child brides and...

2005-06-28 22:36:55

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) - Deepa Mehta's "Water," which triggeredviolent protests and death threats when it began filming inIndia five years ago, will open the Toronto International FilmFestival, organizers said on Tuesday. The film, which is set in the 1930s and deals with Hinduchild widows, beat out movies by better known Canadianfilmmakers Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg for the prestigiousopening slot. "Water" gained notoriety in 2000 after hard-line Hinduprotesters...


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