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22 August 1997 (USA) See more »
Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Karishma Jhalani ... Young Radha
Ramanjeet Kaur ... Young Radha's mother
Dilip Mehta ... Young Radha's father
Javed Jaffrey ... Jatin (as Jaaved Jaaferi)

Nandita Das ... Sita

Vinay Pathak ... Guide at Taj Mahal
Kushal Rekhi ... Biji

Shabana Azmi ... Radha
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Mundu

Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Ashok
Alice Poon ... Julie
Ram Gopal Bajaj ... Swamiji
Ravinder Happy ... Oily man in video shop
Devyani Saltzman ... Girl in video shop (as Devyani Mehta Saltzman)
Sunil Chhabra ... Milkman on bicycle

Avijit Dutt ... Julie's father
Shasea Bahadur ... Julie's brother
Meher Chand ... Goddess Sita
Bahadur Chand ... God Ram
Puran ... 'Ramayan' theatrical troupe member
Sohan Lal ... 'Ramayan' theatrical troupe member
Meher ... 'Ramayan' theatrical troupe member
Amarjit Chand ... 'Ramayan' theatrical troupe member
Karam Chand ... 'Ramayan' theatrical troupe member
Kabir Chowdhury ... Boy in video shop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Côte ... French tourist at the Taj Mahal (uncredited)

Directed by
Deepa Mehta 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Deepa Mehta  written by

Produced by
Bobby Bedi .... producer
Varsha Bedi .... associate producer
Suresh Bhalla .... executive producer
Karen Lee Hall .... associate producer
David Hamilton .... executive producer
Anne Masson .... line producer
Deepa Mehta .... producer
Original Music by
A.R. Rahman 
Cinematography by
Giles Nuttgens 
Film Editing by
Barry Farrell 
Production Design by
Aradhana Seth 
Art Direction by
Sunil Chhabra 
Costume Design by
Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury 
Anju Rekhi 
Makeup Department
Alexis Fernandez .... hair stylist
Lizbeth Williamson .... makeup artist
Eve Grelis .... sfx nail artist: horror nails - Kim Gyngell (uncredited)
Production Management
Sanjay Malik .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reid A. Dunlop .... first assistant director (as Reid Dunlop)
Rajendra Kumar .... third assistant director (as Kumar Rajendra)
Rajiv Maikhuri .... second assistant director
Art Department
Yashwant S. Kamble .... head painter (as Yeshwant S. Kamble)
Shambu Nath .... assistant props master
Pradip Redij .... construction supervisor
Harveer Singh .... property master
Malavika Talukder .... art department assistant (as Malavika Tulukdar)
Yogender Tyagi .... props assistant
Lavajaree Vishwakarma .... head carpenter
Ramjanam Vishwakarma .... carpenter
Sound Department
Elius Caruso .... re-recording engineer
Michele Cook .... dialogue editor (as Michelle Cook)
Jim Eustace .... foley assistant (as Jim Eustaze)
Ian Hopkins .... assistant sound editor
Damian Kearns .... re-recording engineer
Richard Kelly .... sound effects editor
Darcy Kite .... re-recording engineer
Sandeep Sharma .... boom operator
Scott Shepherd .... foley recordist (as Scott Shephard)
John Sievert .... foley artist
Konrad Skreta .... sound mixer
Virginia Storey .... foley assistant
Baylon Fonseca .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Baylon Fonseca .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Allan Amin .... stunt coordinator (as Amin Ghani)
Selima Rupani .... fire stunt double: Radha
Camera and Electrical Department
G.R. Adam .... grip assistant
Hassan Ali .... electrician
Marit K. Corneil .... third assistant camera
Balaram Dawande .... electrician
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer
Amin Hassan Galmani .... generator operator
Tukaram Joshi .... electrician
Aleksander Kaufmann .... first assistant camera
Ahmed Khan .... electrician
Pappu Marwadi .... electrician
Dilip Mehta .... still photographer
Peter Myslowski .... key grip
B.M. Siddiqui .... generator operator
Cyril Thomas .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Pt. Gyaneshwar Hans .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Payal Randhawa .... wardrobe mistress
Sagarika .... wardrobe mistress
Gulab Singh .... tailor
Editorial Department
Don Briggs .... second assistant picture editor (as Donald Briggs)
Tim Dashwood .... first assistant film editor (as Timothy Dashwood)
Barry Farrell .... supervising editor
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Denis F. Takacs .... post-production
Kelly Black .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Melanie Jeffrey .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Merlyn D'Souza .... composer: song "Main Hoon"
Merlyn D'Souza .... music arranger: "Main Hoon"
A.R. Rahman .... composer: songs "Bombay Theme" and "Ek Ho Gaye Hum Aur Tum"
Transportation Department
Ravinder Malik .... transportation coordinator
Ram Bhajraj Pandey .... genny driver
Sheilendar Singh .... transportation assistant (as Shailendar Singh)
Other crew
Roshan Abbas .... liaison: All India Radio FM
Rajeev Acharya .... assistant production accountant
Shivani Anand .... assistant to director
Shyam Bakshi .... caterer
Balakrishna .... production runner (as Bala Krishna)
Ambar Capoor .... production assistant
Nupu Chaudhuri .... production coordinator (as Nupu Chowdhry)
Gautam Dey .... assistant accountant
Sunil Gupta .... unit doctor (as Dr. Sunil Gupta)
Winnifred Jong .... script supervisor (as Winnie Jong)
Manoj Kumar .... set production assistant
Raman Kumar .... set production assistant
Milt Patel .... liaison: Gill Travel
M.I. Qureshi .... production assistant
Ramanand Sagar .... producer: "Ramayan" TV series
Mangal Singh .... set production assistant
Parminder Singh .... set production assistant
Vishal Sood .... set production assistant
Craig Webster .... work print conformer
Edwin Williams .... location assistant
Paul Winestock .... work print conformer
Robert Kraus .... work print conformer (uncredited)
Javed Akhtar .... special thanks
Jay Bajaj .... special thanks
Elisabetta Beraldo .... special thanks
Nutan Bhalla .... special thanks
Deirdre Bowen .... special thanks (as Dierdre Bowen)
Milena Canonero .... special thanks
Baljit Chadha .... special thanks
Satjir Chahil .... special thanks
Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury .... special thanks
Guy Dufaux .... special thanks
Barry Farrell .... special thanks
Karen Field .... special thanks
Marina Geffner .... special thanks
Alan Greenberg .... special thanks
Gulshan Grover .... special thanks
Shama Habibullah .... special thanks
Doris Heffron .... special thanks
John Illidge .... special thanks
Ramesh Khosla .... special thanks
Marie LaHaye .... special thanks
Rupa Lal .... special thanks
Jamie Landon .... special thanks
Benny Lobo .... special thanks
Janet MacLean .... special thanks (as Janet McLean)
Susan Martin .... special thanks
Binny Mehra .... special thanks
Ravi Mehra .... special thanks
Dilip Mehta .... special thanks
Nila Mehta .... special thanks
S.K. Mehta .... special thanks
Vilma Mehta .... special thanks
Jag Mundhra .... special thanks (as Jagmohan Mundra)
Gopalan Nair .... special thanks
Radha Nair .... special thanks
Barbara O'Kelly .... special thanks
Radna Omidvar .... special thanks
Manya Patel .... special thanks
Harpal Randhawa .... special thanks
Mani Ratnam .... acknowledgment: "Bombay Theme" and "Ek Ho Gaye Hum Aur Tum" courtesy of
Patricia Rekhi .... special thanks
Raj-Ann Rekhi .... special thanks (as Rajan Rekhi)
Glenn Rigberg .... special thanks
Devyani Saltzman .... special thanks (as Devyani Mehta Saltzman)
Bidyut Sen .... special thanks
Chetan Seth .... special thanks
Harash Sethi .... special thanks
Bhai Mandit Singh .... special thanks
Peter Starr .... special thanks
Roop Talwar .... special thanks
Anthony Theo .... special thanks
Kim J. Trout .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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UK:108 min | USA:104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:PA (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (re-rating) (2005) | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | India:(Banned) | India:A | Malaysia:(Banned) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:Unrated | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Unrated | USA:PG-13
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Did You Know?

On its opening day in India, some movie theaters were attacked by Hindu fundamentalists, and the movie was eventually banned for religious insensitivity. The film was banned in Pakistan for the lesbian relationship that the movie plays around.See more »
Sita:Are you coming home tonight?
See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Joy Suck Club (1994) (V)See more »
Aa Jaa Zara Mere Dil Ke SahareSee more »

22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully tender treatment of sensitive subject matter, 21 December 1998

This film powerfully demonstrates the struggle of two women in love in a culture so deeply entrenched in ritual and tradition. All this against a backdrop of an India which itself is struggling for freedom from these same values. This film is both political and personal and never too preachy or idealistic on either front. It is easy to see why "Fire" has caused riots in India, but tragic nonetheless. A true film such as this one deserves to be seen by all people of the world, not just privileged westerners.

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