Mehta Swims With Water

Deepa Mehta's Water
Deepa Mehta’s Water

Deepa Mehta has just received an Oscar nod for Water.

The controversial film (which sparked riots and violent protests in India) follows the lives of a group of Hindu widows.

“I can’t believe that a film which was shunned by a section of the Indian politicians, and all but ripped apart six years ago, has come so far,” the director told reporters earlier today.

India’s official entry to the Oscars, Rang de Basanti, did not make the short-list of nine films, vying for a win in the “Best Foreign Film” category. Water will be going up against Spain’s Volver and the Algerian movie Days Of Glory, among others.

“The competition this year is really tough. I’ve never seen a wider and more prestigious variety of films from across the world being nominated for the foreign-language category. They’re all super-brilliant films and I’m deeply honored to be in such august company. Now maybe, we will win the Oscar.”

Although Water is Canada’s official entry, the movie features an Indian cast (including John Abraham, Lisa Ray and Seema Biswas) and was filmed in South Asia.

A complete list of all nominations is available here. The Oscars will be televised (live!) on February 25th.

January 23, 2007
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