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Silent Waters (2003)

Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 25 February 2004 (France)
1979. A village in Pakistan. A widow sees her 17 years old son being attracted to Islamist militants. It brings her past back...

Director:

Sabiha Sumar

Writers:

Sabiha Sumar (screenplay), Paromita Vohra
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kiron Kher ... Ayesha Khan (as Kirron Kher)
Aamir Ali Malik ... Saleem Khan
Arshad Mahmood Arshad Mahmood ... Mehboob - Nai (as Arsad Mahmud)
Salman Shahid Salman Shahid ... Amin
Shilpa Shukla ... Zubeida
Sarfaraz Ansari Sarfaraz Ansari ... Rashid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tanveer Ahmad Tanveer Ahmad ... Sikh Pilgrim 4
Zaheer Ahmed Zaheer Ahmed ... Tea Boy
Quratul Ain Quratul Ain ... Shanno
Abid Ali ... Choudhary
Safdar Ali Safdar Ali ... Sikh Pilgrim 5
Shazim Ashraf Shazim Ashraf ... Zubair
Ejaz Baig Ejaz Baig ... Bhatti
Tasleem Bibi Tasleem Bibi ... Allabi
Madan Gopal Singh Madan Gopal Singh ... Sikh Pilgrim 1
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Storyline

Set in 1979 Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq has imposed martial law and, within a few months, the country is decreed a Muslim state. Aicha, a well-adjusted woman in her forties, devotes her life to the education of her eighteen-year-old son Salim, in the little village of Charkhi, in the Pakistani Penjab. Salim is a quiet dreamer, but the fast moving political situation fills Aicha with anxiety, since her son is changing out of all recognition. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Pakistan | France | Germany

Language:

Punjabi | Urdu

Release Date:

25 February 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Acque silenziose See more »

Filming Locations:

Pakistan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,617, 10 October 2004

Gross USA:

$7,384

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,384
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Main vee Jaana
Written by Shah Hussain, adapted by Pathanna Khan
Performed by Madan Gopal Singh and Rekha Raj
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A film, subtle and noble
8 December 2004 | by mistercharismaSee all my reviews

Nothing prepares you for the subtlety and searing honesty of this film. There is something ennobling about watching it. The director gives us vignettes of life in Pakistan, circa 1980 and 1999, and paints the portrait of a country in the grip of a ruinous Islamization. General Zia-ul-Haq took the country backward by several years through his repressive policies and Sabiha Sumar shows us glimpse of what he did to the country.

In a film so subtly wrought, it is unusual to be struck particularly by acting performances but for Shilpa Shukla is a revelation. It is a splendidly understated performance and I must say her sensuality stirred me too.


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