The 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. The protests were based on a previous version of the script which had been leaked, and lines of dialogue taken out of context to make them appear anti-Hindi. Ms. Mehta was "burned in effigy" during these protests.
Canada's nomination for the 2007 Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Filom category. A recent rule change allowing countries to nominate non-English films in a language not indigenous to the nominating country made this possible.
Famous Indian actors Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, who were the initial choices for the roles of Shakuntala and Kalyani even shot some scenes for this movie. However, that footage was scrapped as the filming could not be finished due to altercations by Hindu Fundamentalists.