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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 more »

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Cast

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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
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Madhumati (as Manorma)
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Snehalata
Meera Biswas ...
Gyanvati
Vidula Javalgekar ...
'Auntie' Patiraji (as Dr. Vidula Javalgekar)
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Shakuntala
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Kalyani
Sanoja Bibile ...
Woman Bather
Dolly Ahluwalia ...
Upset Woman (as Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari)
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Narayan
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Bhagavati, Narayan's Mother
Daya Alwis ...
Saduram
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Gulabi
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Rabindra
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Sadananda
Delon Weerasinghe ...
Priest
Seema ...
Bahu-Rani
Francisca Mudannayake ...
Little Girl
Mulchand Dedhia ...
Vendor
Isuru Navodya ...
Young Patiraji
Niroshan Wijesinghe ...
Patiraji's Groom
Gerson Da Cunha ...
Seth Dwarkanath
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Young Gandhi Follower
Mohan Jhangiani ...
Mahatma Gandhi
Zul Vilani ...
Mahatma Gandhi (voice)
Kumari Dissanayake ...
Widow
S. Thevanamma ...
Widow
Seelawathie Silva ...
Widow
Siththi Ummah ...
Widow
Fowzie Inaya ...
Widow
Mala Meenachchi ...
Widow
A.A. Premawathie ...
Widow
Nazeema Farlya ...
Widow
T. Mageswari ...
Widow
H. Pathiranage ...
Widow
S. Pooneswary ...
Widow
S. Parameshawari ...
Widow
S. Santhanam Mary ...
Widow
S. Rajeshwari ...
Widow
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Special Appearance (uncredited)

Directed by

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Deepa Mehta

Written by

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Anurag Kashyap ... (dialogue)
 
Deepa Mehta ... ()

Produced by

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Mark Burton ... executive producer
David Hamilton ... producer
Doug Mankoff ... executive producer
Dilip Mehta ... associate producer
Marek Posival ... associate producer
Ajay Virmani ... executive producer
Claire Welland ... line producer

Music by

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Mychael Danna
A.R. Rahman

Cinematography by

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Giles Nuttgens

Film Editing by

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Colin Monie

Editorial Department

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Tom Mayclim ... negative cutter
Arthur Montreuil ... color timer
Ricardo Olivero ... color timer
Paul Whitehead ... additional editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Uma Da Cunha

Production Design by

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Errol Kelly ... (Design Consultant - Sri Lanka)

Art Direction by

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Sumant Jayakrishnan

Set Decoration by

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Rumana Hamied
Lal Harindranath

Costume Design by

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Dolly Ahluwalia

Makeup Department

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Lalith Dharmawardena ... assistant hair stylist
Hermantha Gamage ... daily makeup artist
Liz Gruszka ... key makeup artist
Regan Noble ... key hair stylist / wig maker: Raghubir Yadav
Ravi Wickramanayake ... hair stylist: Lisa Ray
Ranjit Wickramasinghe ... assistant makeup artist (as Ranjith Wickremasinghe)

Production Management

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Lylie Almeida ... unit production manager
W. Michael Beard ... post-production supervisor
Dipa De Motwane ... unit production manager
Gina Fowler ... production manager
Asoka Perera ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Avani Batra ... third assistant director
Jack Boem ... second assistant director
Dylan Gray ... first assistant director
Siddique Mohamed ... third assistant director
Péter Palátsik ... second assistant director: India
Akshay Roy ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Michael Appuhamy ... carpenter
Saddika Asanka ... carpenter
K.D. Charles ... carpenter
K.D. Jagath Christy ... carpenter
Hemasiri Dias ... assistant property master
S.N.S. Samanda Dias ... plasterer
Lal Dissanayake ... plasterer / swing gang
Edward ... plasterer
Rohan Fernando ... carpenter
Ronnie Fonseka ... carpenter
W. Manjula Fonseka ... carpenter
W.L.G. Fonseka ... carpenter
Gamini ... facilities laborer
Rumana Hamied ... set dresser
Jayan Hasitha ... carpenter
Kingsley Joseph ... plasterer
K.D. Justin ... construction manager
Darshana Sampath Karunaratne ... props assistant
P.U. Karunaratne ... painter
Errol Kelly ... design consultant
Sunil Kodituwakku ... painter
Chaminda Saman Kumara ... carpenter
W. Saman Kumara ... carpenter
Lionel Liyanage ... property master
A. Magulpokuna ... carpenter
P.K. Manjula ... facilities laborer
G.T.R. Mendis ... carpenter
Victor Meniksagara ... props laborer
Murli Menon ... property master
P.D. Michael ... set dressing carpenter
Damith Nandalal ... stand-by props
A. Nandasiri ... props laborer
Senaka Nawaratne ... second assistant art director / sketch artist
Salinda Perera ... carpenter
W. Chamitha Perera ... carpenter
Nihal Ponweera ... construction buyer
R.G. Ranoj Priyantha ... painter
Anura Priyashantha ... carpenter
B.R.C. Rajasiri ... swing gang
Welegedara Ranasinghe ... assistant set decorator
Anuradha Ranjith ... chief painter (as Ranjith Anuradha)
Pradip Redij ... art department
Mohamed Risran ... plasterer
Colin Rodrigo ... carpenter
Percy Rodrigo ... carpenter
Tuan Saiffadeen ... facilities laborer
N. Senaratne ... set dressing assistant
Aradhana Seth ... design consultant
Yogender Sharma ... set props
Roy Silva ... carpenter
Upali Silva ... carpenter
Siddarth Sirohi ... third assistant art director
Roshan Susantha ... plasterer
Anthony Thomas ... carpenter
I.M.U. Upatissa ... painter
J.M.D. Chamitha Wasantha ... carpenter
Lionel Wattege ... set dressing carpenter
L.M. Ruwan Wijenundara ... carpenter
Sunil Wijeratne ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Sylvain Arseneault ... sound recordist
Steve Baine ... foley artist (as Steve Bain)
Roberta Bratti ... supervisor of audio operations
Christian Carruthers ... re-recording mixer
Elius Caruso ... re-recording mixer
Pat Cassin ... boom operator
Shreela Chakrabartty ... location sound effects recordist
Bryan Day ... sound recordist
Lal C. Dissanayake ... sound recordist
John Dykstra ... adr recordist
Mark Gingras ... supervising sound editor
Jamie Gould ... re-recording assistant
Gina Gyles ... foley assistant
John Laing ... supervising sound editor
John Loranger ... first assistant sound editor (as John L'Oranger)
Matthew McKenzie ... adr recordist
Aditya Modi ... assistant sound engineer
Mike Paterson ... sound engineer: optical track
Karunadasa Pathiratne ... cable person
Peter Persaud ... foley recordist
S. Sivakumar ... sound engineer
H. Sridhar ... sound engineer
Andrew Tay ... re-recording mixer
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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R.R.B. Alphonso ... key special effects
Gamini Mallawarachchi ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Rebecca Adams ... production coordinator: SOHO VFX
Alan Bak ... technical supervisor
Tom Bak ... senior production supervisor
Jeff Baker ... technical supervisor
Drake Conrad ... digital color timer / digital colorist
Jason Giberson ... film scanning and recording
Rick Hannigan ... project supervisor
Felix Heeb ... film scanning and recording
Anna Ivanova ... digital compositor: SOHO VFX
Michael Kowalski ... producer: Soho vfx
Wojciech Kufner ... 3D animator: Soho VFX
Matthew Lynch ... producer: Soho VFX
Diana Madureira ... production coordinator
Allan Magled ... visual effects supervisor: Soho VFX (as Alan Magled)
Paul Mantler ... film scanning and recording
Mike Mombourquette ... digital compositor: SOHO VFX
Chris Ross ... digital optical effects
Keith Sellers ... digital compositor: Soho VFX
Michael Todd Smith ... systems administrator: SOHO VFX
Derek Sunderland ... 3D animator: Soho VFX
Mark Tureski ... digital opticals effects

Stunts

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Teddy Vidyalankara ... stunt coordinator (as Teddy Widyalankara)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Deepak Agarwal ... chief electrician
Lewis Buchan ... camera operator "b" camera
Bob Davidson ... gaffer: Sri Lanka
Mulchand Dedhia ... gaffer
K.A. Dharshana ... grip
Piyal Illeyaperuma ... best boy grip
Melanie Jeffrey ... second assistant camera
Surendra Kumar ... best boy electric
Nihal Mallawarachchi ... generator operator
Champilka Nilantha ... third assistant camera
K.K.N. Palitha ... electrician
Anura Perera ... grip
Milton Philip ... facilities electrician
Adhi Rutnam ... electrician
Devyani Saltzman ... still photographer
Eberhard Schedl ... Steadicam operator
Lilia Sellami ... first assistant camera
Kerry Smart ... first assistant camera
I.G. Somaratne ... electrician
L.E. Susantha Sudharshana ... electrician
D. Van Gramberg ... key grip (as Denham Van Gramberg)
Johnny Wersta ... dolly grip

Casting Department

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Dinesh Anchan ... casting assistant
Kate Chantler ... extras casting
Moly Perera ... extras casting assistant
Nimal Wijesirl ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lucky Athauda ... assistant costumer
Suraj Azmath ... assistant costumer
Yusuf Khan ... wardrobe supervisor
Hira Lol ... dresser
Inoka Nilanthi Ruhunge ... assistant costumer
Seema ... wardrobe assistant
Narinder Singh ... costume assistant
Viswa ... tailor
Yusuf ... costume department manager

Location Management

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Anthony Lordon ... location manager
M. Nandadiri ... assistant location manager
Rienzie Perera ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Raqueeb Alam ... lyricist / playback singer
Ulhas Bapat ... musician: santoor (as Ulhas Bhapat)
Surjo Bhattacharya ... playback singer
Peter Breiner ... conductor
Ajoy Chakraborty ... playback singer (as Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty)
Kaushiki Chakraborty ... playback singer
Rakesh Chaurasia ... musician: bansuri
Mychael Danna ... musician: tanpura
V. Selva Ganesh ... musician: kanjiras (as Selva Ganesh)
Ganga ... playback singer
Elif Isikozlu ... musician: piano
Madhu ... musician: shehenai
Srinivas Murthy ... orchestral sounds
G.S. Sachdev ... musician: bass bansui/raag khamaj
Sadhana Sargam ... playback singer
Anoushka Shankar ... musician: sitar
Bravani Shanker ... musician: pakawaj, manjira, tabla
Richa Sharma ... playback singer
Rob Simonsen ... assistant to composer
Sukhwinder Singh ... lyricist / playback singer
H. Sridhar ... additional music editor

Transportation Department

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M.Z. Ahmeer ... transportation captain
Tyrol Anderson ... driver
Raj Anthony ... driver
Gamini Dabare ... driver
Nihal Dabare ... driver
Sunil Jayakody ... driver
Chandimal Kodituwakku ... transportation coordinator
Nuwan Manju ... driver
Vujitha Peiris ... driver
Susil Premachandra ... driver
Sunil Premaratne ... picture vehicle coordinator
M. Premasiri ... driver
Anura Priyantha ... driver
R.M.V. Ratnayake ... safety driver
Vidura Sampath ... driver
P.A. Ajith Shantha ... driver

Other crew

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Chris Besseling ... uk marketing executive: metrodome
Gopi Darmaratnam ... consultant production accountant
Aruni De Silva ... nurse
A.W. Dharmadasa ... facilities
Pearl Dunuwila ... production coordinator
Janice Fowlie ... production accountant
Indira Guha ... business and legal affairs: Telefilm Canada
Krishantha Gunasekera ... cashier / location accountant
Lon J. Hall ... legal counsel
Vivian Hanwell ... assistant to producers
Erin Heidenreich ... sales agent
Joshua Jason ... publicist
Sarath Jayasundara ... production assistant
Winnifred Jong ... script supervisor
Anurag Kashyap ... dialogue consultant: Hindi / script consultant
Errol Kelly ... design consultant
Chaminda Meemanage ... cashier
Deepa Mehta ... development consultant
J.W. Mendis ... facilities manager
Vikramaditya Motwane ... choreographer
Vasant Nath ... assistant to director
Jagath Nissanka ... production assistant
S.A. Premadasa ... facilities assistant
Suranga Ranawaka ... crowd control
Mohamed Rizva ... crowd control
Ranjit Rubasinghe ... crowd control
Ruwan ... on-set craft services
Jayasiri Samaratunga ... facilities assistant
Michael Schaus ... assistant to producers
Elaine Scott ... business affairs
Nirmal Shah ... cashier
Aruna Shantha ... crowd control
Kingsley Umara ... crowd control
Paul Whitehead ... co-edited english version
Jasmine Wickremasekera ... production secretary
Neelawathura Wijewardana ... animal handler

Thanks

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George Lucas ... ultra thanks
A.R. Rahman ... musical thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Redemption is within the soul. See more »
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Also Known As
  • River Moon (Canada, English title)
  • Agua (Spain)
  • Apã (Romania)
  • Voda (Czech Republic)
  • Víz (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend Canada CAD273,830, 13 Nov 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia The shoot in Varanasi was stopped due to threats and demonstrations orchestrated by Hindu fundamentalist groups supported by the leadership of the state government in Uttar Pradesh. The protests were based on a previous version of the script which had been leaked, and lines of dialogue taken out of context to make them appear anti-Hindi. Ms. Mehta was "burned in effigy" during these protests. See more »
Goofs Kalyani's dog appears older in the scene in which it escapes than the next time it is shown. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Aoyo Re Sakhi 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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