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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 »

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

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

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Opening Weekend:

CAD 273,830 (Canada), 13 November 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,280, 30 April 2006, Limited Release

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$3,222,857, 3 September 2006
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Four years after production was shut down in India, filming resumed in Sri Lanka. The movie was shot under the fake title "Full Moon" to avoid attention. See more »

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

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

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Gunghat Ke Pat Khol Re
Performed by Juthikja Roy
By Courtesy of Saregama India Limited
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Water-essential for survival
24 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I felt really really sad after watching this movie. After watching a movie like this one feels empathy towards the women. We know women and children are being treating worse than animals...by patriarchy.

Most women in the western world to not even know the meaning of this word. In North America what is the worse thing that happens to us...we encounter betrayal and gossip mostly by other women. We are too busy comparing ourselves to even appreciate our rights. Oprah (has said) that we are lucky just to be born in North America.

All the women in this movie were strong willful characters, like many Indian women they accepted their fate, BUT they still made choices. Lisa Ray's character still fell in love despite her destiny. Despite her circumstances she was so mentally, spiritually, emotionally and overall more evolved than John's character.

One even feels empathy towards him, as a man he is so out of touch with reality...he lives life according to his idealism. This is how he copes with struggles in his life. He choices are also constrained by circumstance From an outsiders point of view, John's character seems to have it all, respect, a sweet mom (Waheeda). I loved WR in Guide that is one of my favorites. His world shatters when he learns of his fathers secrets...

Lisa's character knows her fate, yet she takes the initiative to follow her heart. As a Canadian I am really proud of WATER, I usually do not watch these kinds of movies but sometimes a wake up call is necessary especially when we are wrapped up in our own selfish needs. Water is masterpiece...I am proud of Lisa Ray for taking the time and actually learning about the craft of acting.


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