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Water (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 May 2006 (USA)
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Set in colonial India against Gandhi's rise to power, it's the story of 8-year-old Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to a home to live in penitence; once there, Chuyia's feisty presence deeply affects the lives of the other residents.

Director:

Deepa Mehta

Writers:

Anurag Kashyap (dialogue), Deepa Mehta
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarala Kariyawasam Sarala Kariyawasam ... Chuyia (as Sarala)
Buddhi Wickrama Buddhi Wickrama ... Baba
Rinsly Weerarathne Rinsly Weerarathne ... Chuyia's Husband
Iranganie Serasinghe Iranganie Serasinghe ... Mother in Law (as Iranganee Serasinghe)
Hermantha Gamage Hermantha Gamage ... Barber
Ronica Sajnani Ronica Sajnani ... Kunti
Manorama ... Madhumati (as Manorma)
Rishma Malik ... Snehalata
Meera Biswas Meera Biswas ... Gyanvati
Vidula Javalgekar Vidula Javalgekar ... 'Auntie' Patiraji (as Dr. Vidula Javalgekar)
Seema Biswas ... Shakuntala
Lisa Ray ... Kalyani
Sanoja Bibile Sanoja Bibile ... Woman Bather
Dolly Ahluwalia Dolly Ahluwalia ... Upset Woman (as Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari)
John Abraham ... Narayan
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Storyline

A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is unceremoniously left at a bare and impoverished widows' ashram, beside the Ganges during monsoon season. The ashram's leader pimps out Kalyani, a young and beautiful widow, for household funds. Narayan, a follower of Gandhi, falls in love with her. Can she break with tradition and religious teaching to marry him? The ashram's moral center is Shakuntala, deeply religious but conflicted about her fate. Can she protect Kalyani or Chuyia? Amid all this water, is rebirth possible or does tradition drown all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Redemption is within the soul.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual situations, and for brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | India

Language:

Hindi | Sanskrit

Release Date:

26 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agua See more »

Filming Locations:

Central Province, Sri Lanka See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,280, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$5,529,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,014,956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Kalyani's dog appears older in the scene in which it escapes than the next time it is shown. See more »

Quotes

Shakuntala: Why are we widows sent here? There must be a reason for it.
Narayana: One less mouth to feed. Four saris saved, one bed, and a corner is saved in the family home. There is no other reason you are here. Disguised as religion, it's just about money.
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Alternate Versions

In addition to the Hindi language version, an English language version was also shot (back-to-back). See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Vaishnava Janato
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Sukhwinder Singh
Sung by Ajay Chakraborty, Kaushiki
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Good Film but Wrong Generalisation
11 July 2007 | by toro1See all my reviews

This movie is not banned in India as said in some of the reviews. I have watched the movie on a legal DVD. It was released in movie theatres too. Like most of the other reviewers I too found it to be a great movie. I was disturbed for some days after watching this movie. But I must also add that the depiction of widows in the movie is not representative of Hindu community as of today. No one of my generation here talks of or is aware of Manu's Laws on which this movie is based. I come from a fairly conservative small town Hindu family . But I do not remember my widowed aunts, grandmothers or cousins being treated in the way depicted in this movie. None of them was banished to live in an 'ashram'. They stayed at home and led a quite but dignified life. A cousin of mine who lost her husband in an accident was remarried by her parents! I am not an ultra-rightist. I too deplore the harassment Deepa Mehta faced while shooting in Varanasi. But through this review I wanted to give a balanced picture especially to the western movie goers.


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