WHAT: A screening of Deepa Mehta‘s “Water” April 19 to kick off the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles.
WHERE: Hollywood’s ArcLight Theater, followed by a bash at the Palladium
WHO: Mehta and “Water” star Lisa Ray; plus Reggie Miller and thesps Parminder Nagra, Mario Van Peebles and Chad Lowe. Also Anoushka Shankar, whose father, Pandit Ravi Shankar, was being honored at the reception.
COUNT TO 10: “Water” follows young Hindu widows in 1930s colonial India, where they were shunned and expected to live out their days in poverty. When fundamentalist protesters shut down the film’s production in 2000, Mehta decided to wait before starting over. “I decided that I would definitely make ‘Water’ again,” she said, “but I would not make it until I stopped being angry. Because to impose anger, which is a very powerful emotion, on a script that’s so fragile would distort it. It took four years for that anger to dissipate.”