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Water (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 26 May 2006 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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>

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Redemption is within the soul.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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Details

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:

CAD 273,830 (Canada), 13 November 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,280, 30 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,222,857, 3 September 2006
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was shot back to back in both Hindi and English. Only the Hindi Version was released in theaters, but the English version can be seen on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD set. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Chuiya is first running up the steps after Kaalu, she is barefoot. When the camera switches perspectives, she has a pair of sandals on. In the next frame, she is barefoot again. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Narayana: All the old traditions are dying out.
Kalyani: But what is good should not die out.
Narayana: And who will decide what is good and what is not?
Kalyani: You!
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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

References Sansho the Bailiff (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Sham Rang Bhar Do
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Raqueeb Alam
Sung by' Richa Sharma (I)', Raqueeb Alam, Surjo Bhattacharya
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The film is lovely in the way Satyajit Ray's films are lovely and the best elements of Water involve the young girl and the experiences seen through her eyes@ R. Ebert.
5 March 2016 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

This is perhaps one of the most gripping films I have ever seen. The theme of water is so beautifully intertwined with the story in the location shots, boats across a lake/river and the ever falling rain to deliver an impact upon the characters and their journey.

The treatment of these widows, and the intense life that these women are forced to live was eye opening.

John Abraham gave a good performance. Lisa Ray was decent. Chuiya was great. With its top-notch acting, cinematography and music, Water is definitely worth the watch. Excellent effort by Deepa Mehta. Awesome cinematography Giles Nuttgens. Nicely edited by Colin Monie. Screenplay by Anurag Kashyap was awesome so were his dialogues. Set decoration by Rumana hamied n Lal harindranath was brilliant. Good music by Mychael Danna n A.R Rehman. Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times @ The film is lovely in the way Satyajit Ray's films are lovely and the best elements of Water involve the young girl and the experiences seen through her eyes.


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