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White Rainbow (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 August 2005 (India)
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White Rainbow is the story of four remarkable women and their struggle to overcome the stigma and brutal reality of widowhood in modern Indian society. In the story, the protagonist Priya, ... See full summary »


Dharan Mandrayar
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Cast overview:
Sonali Kulkarni ... Priya
Amardeep Jha Amardeep Jha ... Roop
Amruta Subhash ... Deepti
Shameem Shaikh Shameem Shaikh ... Mala
Virendra Saxena ... Pramod Panda (as Veerendra Saxena)
Amitabh Srivastava Amitabh Srivastava ... Mr. Lal
Santhana Bharathi Santhana Bharathi ... Priest
R.S. Shivaji R.S. Shivaji ... Peon


White Rainbow is the story of four remarkable women and their struggle to overcome the stigma and brutal reality of widowhood in modern Indian society. In the story, the protagonist Priya, is an educated, affluent young woman who is tragically widowed. Despondent, alone and desperate, she seeks unlikely solace in Vrindavan, the "city of widows." Priya meets the streetwise Roop who has spent 30 years making her own way in this temple town with its dirty secrets. She encounters gentle Mala tragically disfigured by her mother-in-law and young Deepti, forced into servitude and an underground sex trade run by the Panda priest. Together, this disparate group forms a deep bond and begin to see the power of their own conviction to take charge of their own fate. But, their journey is not without adversity and tragedy from a system dominated by men who prosper from the exploitation of India's most disenfranchised citizens. In the end, Priya comes to realize that, "Her destiny was to change ... Written by Hannah Kirby - Executive Producer

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Plot Keywords:

widow | india | friendship | See All (3) »


Her destiny was to change their fate!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and violent content


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English | Hindi

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (India) See more »

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Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,180, 9 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,988, 6 January 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS


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Did You Know?


[first lines]
Priya: The great poet Tagore wrote: I slept and dreamed that life was all joy. I woke and saw that life was but service. I served and understood that service was joy.
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Moving film, akin to "Not Without My Daughter"
16 July 2007 | by ZoetZonlichtSee all my reviews

This movie highlights a current problem in India and is akin to "Not Without My Daughter" in that it sheds light on a negative situation that is ingrained in the culture and accepted by many. It is a controversial film because of the subject matter. However, the filmmakers bravely portray the truth.

Once these women are widowed, they give up everything and are made to wear white. It's their 'sentence' for having a husband die. The main character is an educated widow who decides to go to Vrindavan to make a difference in the lives of other widows.

This is a problem that transcends all cultures--it is a problem of control and a problem of abuse. This moving Indie film is a cinematic triumph.

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