‘Water’ sets torched

Political parties say pic offends Hindu morality

BOMBAY — Trouble hit the production of Deepa Mehta’s “Water,” which was to start filming at the end of last month in the holy Hindu city of Benares.

Local right-wing political parties torched its sets and proclaimed that the film will not be shot in the city’s holy precincts. They say the pic offends Hindu morality and customs.

Mehta, appearing on national TV, said she painstakingly had her film approved through the censoring procedures laid down by the Indian government. But Indian politics are becoming increasingly factionalized and fundamentalist, sometimes making filmmaking hazardous.

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