|Years active 1975–present|
Spouse Deepa Sahi
|Role Film director|
Name Ketan Mehta
|Born 1952 (age 66–67) Gujarat, India|
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Awards National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film)
Books Bhavni Bhavai: A Folk Tale : a Film
Movies Manjhi: The Mountain, Rang Rasiya, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, Maya Memsaab, Mirch Masala
Similar People Deepa Sahi, Dashrath Manjhi, Nandana Sen, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte
Siblings Yatin Mehta, Nirad Mehta
Bajrangi bhaijaan director kabir khan and ketan mehta at 6th jagran film festival 2015
Ketan Mehta (born 1952) is an Indian film director, who has also directed documentaries and television serials since 1975.
- Bajrangi bhaijaan director kabir khan and ketan mehta at 6th jagran film festival 2015
- What inspired ketan mehta to make a film on the life of dashrath manjhi
- Early life and education
- Awards and recognition
- Personal life
What inspired ketan mehta to make a film on the life of dashrath manjhi
Early life and education
During his career he has made ten feature films, seven documentaries and two television serials – Captain Vyom and Mr. Yogi. His repertoire of themes includes comedy, satire, romance, violence and rebellion.
After graduating from the Film and Television Institute of India, Mehta joined the Indian Space Research Organisation as a television producer. There, he was given almost total freedom in what to create. In an interview years later, Mehta remarked about how influential this was to his development: “It was an incredible experience. Traveling all over Gujarat, meeting people, making programs on whatever you felt like, whatever you came across. It was real, genuine experimentation with medium, with people. That experience has been vital to films that I’ve made.”
Mehta's first film, Bhavni Bhavai, a Gujarati film, won him acclaim. His movies have been selected for various international film festivals such as Nantes (France) and the Moscow Film Festival, where they have won numerous awards over the years. Mirch Masala was one of Mehta's notable efforts, and won him the Best Film Award at Hawaii. It was released to 52 cinemas in the United States. Mehta has also had the honour of serving as a member of the jury in various national and international film festivals.
He directed a biopic Sardar, on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1993. His latest two films Rang Rasiya, 2014 and Manjhi the Mountain Man, 2015 both opened to tepid box office and lukewarm critical reviews. Manjhi the Mountain Man starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Awards and recognition
He is married to actress Deepa Sahi who has acted in three of his films, Maya Memsaab, Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India and Aar Ya Paar. Together they founded the Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics and Maya Digital Studios. He is the nephew of Gandhian and freedom fighter, Usha Mehta. His younger brother, Dr. Yatin Mehta, is Chairman of Medanta Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology, Gurgaon, Haryana. His youngest brother is Dr. Nirad Mehta, Consultant Radiologist at Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai.