Noted Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth premiered at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The film, the first feature from Mehta after her acclaimed trilogy Fire, Earth and Oscar-nominated Water, received critical acclaim. Preity Zinta plays the lead role in the film.
Mehta, who was present at the premiere, along with her cast and crew, addressed a press conference. “I took so many risks with this film,” she said. “There was the hand-held camera, doing it on 16 mm, trying to portray a character’s sense of isolation entirely in black-and-white. Many of these things I found just moved me on a human level.”
The film revolves around a Punjabi woman, played by Zinta, who moves from India to Canada after marrying an NRI, only to become a victim of domestic violence at the hands of an abusive husband.