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Deepa: International actors should learn from their Indian counterparts

By HT

Mumbai, March 31 -- Indo-Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta is best known for making critically acclaimed films like Fire (1996), Earth (1998) and Water (2005).

Though her last release, Midnight's Children (2012), didn't fare well at the box office, she was happy with her work. "I was content with the response I got for the film. There were people who hated it, and there were those who loved it. But then that's the nature of this industry," she says.

Ask her how she feels about Indian actors like Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone making a mark internationally, and Mehta says, "It's terrific that there's an increasing number of Indian names in the international arena now."

In fact, she also feels that there is a lot one can learn from these Indian artistes. "Internationally, the work ethic is different. International actors should learn from their Indian counterparts," she adds.

Most of her films revolve around Indian themes, and they have been received well across the world. Mehta credits English film-maker Danny Boyle for this achievement. "Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008) was a huge commercial success. It opened doors for all these stories that needed to be seen on the world level. Till then, all our successes had been in art house cinema," says Mehta.