"I heard a story about an East Indian businessman who had gone to the casino at Niagara and was playing the slots. He sat next to a woman. They started talking, and he said, 'Who are you?' And she said she was East Indian. An Indian woman alone and in such a place, he didn't believe her. He said, 'You can't be,' and she said 'I can be whoever you want me to be.' That story was like a bolt of lightning. It started me thinking about my role as an Indian woman in Canada and how I felt about that."
-- Deepa Mehta
Wise, Wyndham. "Bollywood north: An interview with Deepa Mehta." Interview with Deepa Mehta. Take One (Toronto), September-November 2002.