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Water (I) (2005)

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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 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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4 November 2005 (Canada)  »

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

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$3,222,857 (USA) (1 September 2006)
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Although Lisa Ray speaks Hindi, it is not her mother tongue. She worked on her diction to perfect the dialog. See more »

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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 »

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[from trailer]
Narayana: All the old traditions are dying out.
Kalyani: But what is good should not die out.
Narayana: And who will decide what is good and what is not?
Kalyani: You!
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Excellent but wondering
13 November 2005 | by (Ottawa,Canada) – See all my reviews

Water is certainly an excellent film by an excellent director. She has crafted a drama that blends a love story with social commentary, humour and the challenges of faith. The characterizations are subtle yet complex. The cinematography is outstanding.

However, what I wonder about arises from the plot outline and film description posted on the IMDb, which describe Narayana (John Abraham's character) as being of lower caste and his father's home as being a "hovel". Did I see a different version of Water? In the film I saw Narayana and his family are high caste Brahmans and the "hovel" is a mansion. Perhaps someone can explain this to me.


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