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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...


Sabiha Sumar


Sabiha Sumar (screenplay), Paromita Vohra
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Credited cast:
Kiron Kher ... Ayesha Khan (as Kirron Kher)
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
Aamir Ali ... Salim Khan
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


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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A crucible brimming over with the reality of Pakistani existence
16 November 2004 | by libertariasSee all my reviews

Khamosh Pani will go down in Pakistani history as the most important work of art and politic since the country's inception. The story documents the era (1979) of the CIA-assisted killing of the democratically elected prime minister Bhutto and the installation of fundamentalist dictator General Zia ul-Haq. The film chronicles the death of love and the birth of hate as part of a continuing cycle of violence that has besieged that part of the world. Religious intolerance, bigotry and ignorance are the fierce villains of the movie. The film has managed to humanize the tragedy of the Pakistani people's struggle with fanaticism and imported agendas. What I particularly love about this film, besides the fact that it is technically remarkable, is the fact that it does not glorify death or killing. This is not a Bollywood or Lollywood melodrama. Beautiful punjabi language script adds to the authenticity of this true-to-life cinema representation of the people of the land. This film is brave to acknowledge the atrocities of displacement; of the violence against Sikhs and against women that was part of the partition of India and Pakistan. Well acted, well written and extremely well directed. Bravo!

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Pakistan | France | Germany


Punjabi | Urdu

Release Date:

25 February 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Acque silenziose See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,617, 10 October 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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