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White Rainbow (2005)

 -  Drama  -  5 August 2005 (India)
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White Rainbow is the story of four remarkable women and their struggle to overcome the stigma and brutal reality of widowhood in modern Indian society. In the story, the protagonist Priya, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Amardeep Jha ...
Amruta Subhash ...
Shameem Shaikh ...
Veerendra Saxena ...
Pramod Panda
Amitabh Srivastava ...
Mr. Lal
Santhana Bharathi ...
R.S. Shivaji ...


White Rainbow is the story of four remarkable women and their struggle to overcome the stigma and brutal reality of widowhood in modern Indian society. In the story, the protagonist Priya, is an educated, affluent young woman who is tragically widowed. Despondent, alone and desperate, she seeks unlikely solace in Vrindavan, the "city of widows." Priya meets the streetwise Roop who has spent 30 years making her own way in this temple town with its dirty secrets. She encounters gentle Mala tragically disfigured by her mother-in-law and young Deepti, forced into servitude and an underground sex trade run by the Panda priest. Together, this disparate group forms a deep bond and begin to see the power of their own conviction to take charge of their own fate. But, their journey is not without adversity and tragedy from a system dominated by men who prosper from the exploitation of India's most disenfranchised citizens. In the end, Priya comes to realize that, "Her destiny was to change ... Written by Hannah Kirby - Executive Producer

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Her destiny was to change their fate!



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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and violent content


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$1,250,000 (estimated)

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$4,180 (USA) (7 April 2006)


$9,988 (USA) (4 January 2008)

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[first lines]
Priya: The great poet Tagore wrote: I slept and dreamed that life was all joy. I woke and saw that life was but service. I served and understood that service was joy.
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Review of the film White Rainbow
8 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was absolutely amazing. The power of the film was incredible

  • there were so many times when I felt very connected with the

characters, and my resulting emotion on the subject was astounding even to me. This film tackles a topic, widows in India, that has been addressed clinically, unemotionally, and factually, and takes all of the information that was gathered and gives it a human face by focusing on the story of only a few women who are representative of many. It brings awareness to a subject that often gets swept under the rug. The women's issues in this film are the same issues that face many different cultures, places, and times in History. They are, therefore, issues that touch upon us all, and that affect as all, whether directly or indirectly.

I HIGHLY recommend this film. It will almost certainly have an impact on any and all who watch it.

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