Two excellent films by the Indian film-maker Deepa Mehta are now available on video. Fire and Earth are part of Deepa Mehta's trilogy of films set in India. They challenge many of the accepted ideas in Indian society. Cinemas in India showing Fire were targeted by the extreme right wing Hindu organisation Shiv Shena because the story includes a relationship between two women.
But cinema goers queued up to see the powerful film. Earth shows the experience of partition when in 1947 the bloody legacy of British rule ended with a divided Pakistan and India. Muslim, Sikh and Hindu families and friends are torn apart by partition in this harrowing film.
The HMV chainstore is selling Earth for £14.99 and Virgin is selling Earth and Fire for £17.99.