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White Rainbow (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 August 2005 (India)
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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Priya
Amardeep Jha ...
Roop
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Deepti
Shameem Shaikh ...
Mala
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Pramod Panda
Amitabh Srivastava ...
Mr. Lal
Santhana Bharathi ...
Priest
R.S. Shivaji ...
Peon
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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, 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)

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$9,988 (USA) (4 January 2008)
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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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Painful Widowhood
11 April 2006 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

White Rainbow is a outstanding movie. It is so powerful, one cannot forget any of the scenes. The story is about widowed women in India, who are cast away by their families, including their children. They are shunned as if they were lepers and all they did was survive their husbands. This awful practice must have its roots in the very dark ages of India's history. It's unfathomable to the Western World! The plight of these women is heart-breaking, one can literally feel their pain and agony. One of the widows takes charge and luckily, being fairly rich, she is able to change the lives of some of the other widows. The story focuses on four women, each with her own tragic background. The end of the film is uplifting and gives us a glimmer of hope that things may change in the future. This is an absolute MUST-SEE film, terrifically directed and acted. 10 STARS!


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