Richie Mehta (HBA 2001)

Richie Mehta, HBA'01Filmmaker, Director, Writer

Mississauga native Richie Mehta is quickly becoming one of Canada’s most promising filmmakers.

After receiving a HBA in Art History and Cinema Studies jointly from University of Toronto and Sheridan College, Mehta continued his studies at Sheridan College where he earned a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Television and Film. In addition to his formal training, he has lead several workshops with the National Film Board, Toronto International Film Festival, and Berlinale.

His debut feature film, Amal, has earned more than 30 international awards, received six Genie Award nominations – including best picture, director, and adapted screenplay – and was named one of the decade’s top Canadian films by Playback Magazine. The film’s remake rights were optioned by producer Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films, with Mehta penning the screenplay.

Mehta completed two feature films as writer and director for release in 2013. Sci-fi drama I'll Follow You Down chronicles a young scientist’s disappearance and its impact on his family, and stars Hollywood heavyweights Victor Garber Argo, Gillian Anderson Hannibal, Rufus Sewell The Illusionist, and Haley Joel Osment Pay It Forward. Additionally, Siddharth, a Hindi-language film about a father who travels across India in search of his missing son, features Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajesh Tailang in leading roles.

In 2014, Mehta was a mentor and judge in the talent search-reality television series, Bollywood Star. Mehta's newest television series, Organic Panic, examins the global organic revolution, getting to the core of the organics debate through personal stories and expert commentary.

In 2016, Mehta received the UTM's Desmond Parker Outstanding Young Alumni Award for his contributions to excellence in his profession and community service.

Updated from a story originally published for OMNI, 2015.

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