Deepa Mehta gets Lifetime Achievement Award at Imagineindia 2023

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is internationally renowned. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe. Her fiction films include the Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, 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 is currently working on Sirat and Aman, a documentary, which will be followed by the feature film Burnt Sugar, based on Avni Doshi’s award-winning novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize and starring Freida Pinto & Deepti Naval.