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Deepa Mehta is an internationally acclaimed Indian film-maker, who shot to fame with her controversial film Fire, based on the subject of lesbianism. Her film Earth 1947, which is based on Bapsi Sidhwa's novel Ice Candy Man, has won seven awards at the Melbourne film festival. The last of her Trilogy, Water, which is based the life of Hindu widows in the 1930s, proved to be another controversy, with people accusing her of hurting their religious sentiments. A Bengali writer also accused her of plagiarism.

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