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Water (I) (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 May 2006 (USA)
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The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarala Kariyawasam ...
Chuyia (as Sarala)
Buddhi Wickrama ...
Baba
Rinsly Weerarathne ...
Chuyia's Husband
Iranganie Serasinghe ...
Mother in Law (as Iranganee Serasinghe)
Hermantha Gamage ...
Barber
Ronica Sajnani ...
Manorama ...
Madhumati (as Manorma)
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Snehalata
Meera Biswas ...
Gyanvati
Vidula Javalgekar ...
'Auntie' Patiraji (as Dr. Vidula Javalgekar)
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Shakuntala
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Sanoja Bibile ...
Woman Bather
Dolly Ahluwalia ...
Upset Woman (as Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari)
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Narayan
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A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is unceremoniously left at a bare and impoverished widows' ashram, beside the Ganges during monsoon season. The ashram's leader pimps out Kalyani, a young and beautiful widow, for household funds. Narayan, a follower of Gandhi, falls in love with her. Can she break with tradition and religious teaching to marry him? The ashram's moral center is Shakuntala, deeply religious but conflicted about her fate. Can she protect Kalyani or Chuyia? Amid all this water, is rebirth possible or does tradition drown all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual situations, and for brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$56,280 (USA) (28 April 2006)

Gross:

$3,222,857 (USA) (1 September 2006)
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Shoot in Varanasi was stopped due to threats and demonstrations orchestrated by Hindu fundamentalist groups supported by the leadership of the state government in Uttar Pradesh. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Chuiya is first running up the steps after Kaalu, she is barefoot. When the camera switches perspectives, she has a pair of sandals on. In the next frame, she is barefoot again. See more »

Quotes

Kalyani: 'Learn to live like the lotus untouched by the filthy water it grows in.' Krishnaji said it in the Geeta
Narayana: Krishna was a god. Not everyone can live like the lotus flower.
Kalyani: Yes, they can.
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Incredible!
6 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It was on a lark that four of us attended the movie 'Water'. We ranged in age from 24 to 41 and we're all still talking about it two weeks later, in fact we're planning to go see it again before it's out of the theater. The movie entertained and educated, while giving at once an insight into the beauty of the country and the viciousness of some cultural norms. It seems impossible to believe that some of the things in this movie could have actually happened, and that perhaps today there are women (widows) living in similar circumstances. The characters in this movie are easy to identify with, to love and to despise. Despite the bleak conditions portrayed in the movie, there are moments of wonder and comedy and great love. The vistas are stunning, as are the character portrayals. Enjoy this movie on the big screen and then rush out to buy your own copy as soon as it's available. I too now 'want a ladoo'.


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