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Fire (1996)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 22 August 1997 (USA)
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Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

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Deepa Mehta

Writer:

Deepa Mehta
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karishma Jhalani Karishma Jhalani ... Young Radha
Ramanjeet Kaur Ramanjeet Kaur ... Young Radha's mother
Dilip Mehta Dilip Mehta ... Young Radha's father
Javed Jaffrey ... Jatin (as Jaaved Jaaferi)
Nandita Das ... Sita
Vinay Pathak ... Guide at Taj Mahal
Kushal Rekhi Kushal Rekhi ... Biji
Shabana Azmi ... Radha
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Mundu
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Ashok
Alice Poon Alice Poon ... Julie
Ram Gopal Bajaj ... Swamiji
Ravinder Happy Ravinder Happy ... Oily man in video shop
Devyani Saltzman Devyani Saltzman ... Girl in video shop (as Devyani Mehta Saltzman)
Sunil Chhabra Sunil Chhabra ... Milkman on bicycle
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Storyline

Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother Biji and their manservant Mundu, all living under the same roof. Jatin, at the insistence of Ashok and their mother, Biji, agrees to marry the beautiful Sita in an arranged marriage, although he is actually in love with Julie, a Chinese-Indian. At first glance, you see a happy middle-class family going through the normal paces of everyday life. However, as the layers are slowly peeled back, we find a simmering cauldron of discontent within the family, with almost every family member living a lie. Both marriages in the family turn out to be emotionally empty, without love or passion. While Ashok is an ascetic who has taken a vow of celibacy, Jatin is a handsome ladies' man who is still openly seeing Julie even after his marriage to Sita. Ashok has pledged his total devotion to a religious holy man, a... Written by Hariharan

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Together they shared a burning secret. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | India

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire - Wenn die Liebe Feuer fängt See more »

Filming Locations:

New Delhi, Delhi, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,384, 24 August 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$402,749, 12 October 1997
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On its opening day in India, some movie theaters were attacked by Hindu fundamentalists, and the movie was eventually banned for religious insensitivity. The film was banned in Pakistan for the lesbian relationship that the movie plays around. See more »

Quotes

Sita: Are you coming home tonight?
Jatin: Maybe.
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Soundtracks

Bombay Theme
(1995)
Composed by A.R. Rahman
From the Bombay (1995) soundtrack
Available on CD & cassette from PolyGram India Ltd.
Courtesy of Mani Ratnam
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Wonderfully tender treatment of sensitive subject matter
21 December 1998 | by hiraSee all my reviews

This film powerfully demonstrates the struggle of two women in love in a culture so deeply entrenched in ritual and tradition. All this against a backdrop of an India which itself is struggling for freedom from these same values. This film is both political and personal and never too preachy or idealistic on either front. It is easy to see why "Fire" has caused riots in India, but tragic nonetheless. A true film such as this one deserves to be seen by all people of the world, not just privileged westerners.


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