New Delhi: Filmmaker Deepa Mehta is finally in India to promote her Oscar-nominated film Water.
Shooting for the film – based on the lives of Benaras’s child widows - was shelved in 2000 after right wing groups created furore, forcing Deepa to abandon the city as her preferred choice for shooting.
The film was shot in Sri Lanka with a new star cast and will release in India on March 9.
With the Oscar buzz doing the rounds, Deepa remained balanced about the hype. “All the films are amazing. I have seen them all. Pan's Labryinth is stunning film. German film The Lives Of Others is fabulous. Algerian film Days Of Glory is lovely. Danish film After The Wedding is lovely. So, is Water. Let’s see,” she said.
The movies’ male lead, John Abraham, too sounded modest. “When I did Water, we enjoyed the process. But never did it thinking that the film will make it to the Oscars. I heard the narration and realised that it is beautiful and so I did it,” he said.
With all eyes on the big Oscar night scheduled on February 25, the expectations from the last in Mehta's trilogy of elements grows with each passing day.