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White Rainbow (2005)

PG-13  |   |  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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5 August 2005 (India)  »

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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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White Rainbow is a story that needs to be told!
6 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first heard about the story line for White Rainbow I did not believe that it could be true. How could women who were widowed be blamed for the death of their husband and be cast out by their families? I have traveled to India many times and I had never heard about this poor treatment of widow's but after doing research myself, I came to realize that this is true. That widows from many parts of India are still considered "unlucky" and to have bad karma. White Rainbow does an excellent job of explaining the situation that many Indian women face when they become widowed and it does so telling compelling stories that draw you into their plight without being preachy. You must see it to believe it! Oprah should highlight this movie on her show so that more people will come to learn about this horrible injustice and positive change can take place! If you have friends that care about women's issues urge them to see this film when it comes out on DVD.

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