Sri Lanka has played rescuer to Canada-based director Deepa Mehta on more than one occasion. When her film, Water centred around Varanasi's Hindu widows, incited mob protests over its contents while shooting on location in Varanasi, the filmmaker had no option but halt production.
She quietly resumed work in Sri Lanka instead and Water opened to decent acclaim.
When adapting Midnight's Children, author Salman Rushdie's Booker prize-winner, Mehta didn't wish to attract any trouble by filming in India or Pakistan and stuck to the safest most option – Sri Lanka.
Image: Lisa Ray and John Abraham in Water