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Mehta caused a stir in her homeland, India, with her film Fire, which depicted erotic love between two women trapped in hopeless marriages. With her fourth film, she is no less provocative--taking on India's 1947 struggle for independence and the resultant in-fighting between the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims in their individual struggles for emancipation and power.
Using a group of mixed-faith friends as the focal point, the film looks at the action through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl (Sethna). The richly woven tale is an insightful look at the deeply rooted fractiousness that reverberates into India's cultural and political life, even today.