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Provoked: A True Story (2006)

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It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.

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Jag Mundhra

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Cast

Credited cast:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Kiranjit Ahluwalia (as Aishwarya Rai)
Miranda Richardson ... Veronica Scott
Naveen Andrews ... Deepak Ahluwalia
Ray Panthaki ... Ravi
Nandita Das ... Radha Dalal
Robbie Coltrane ... Lord Edward Foster
Raji James Raji James ... Solicitor Anil Gupta
Leena Dhingra Leena Dhingra ... Sheela Ahluwalia
Claire Louise Amias ... Young Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wendy Albiston ... Guard Miller
John Alford John Alford ... Chris Jones - Legal Aid Solicitor
Vonda Barnes Vonda Barnes ... Prisoner
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict ... Dr. Manning
Freya Berry Freya Berry ... Dr. Emma Stillman
Lorraine Bruce ... Doreen
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Storyline

Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also subjected her to spousal rape. After ten years and having two children with him, out of fear, she sets him on fire while he is sleeping, two hours after another scene of domestic violence. He succumbs to the injuries ans she is sentenced to prison for life for premeditated murder. However the Southall Black Sisters, an NGO which fights against domestic violence helps her get justice. And after spending 3 1/2 years in jail, she is set free and reunited with her two children. Written by A. Bose

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In prison she found freedom See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK | India

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

6 April 2007 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£140,104 (United Kingdom), 8 April 2007, Limited Release
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Raj Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed in 32 days. See more »


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Sikh Hymns
Anand Karaj Lavan
Music by Ragis of Ramgarhia Gurudwara, Slough
Vocals by Ragis of Ramgarhia Gurudwara, Slough
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Sensibly Conveyed
7 October 2007 | by trigger_jamSee all my reviews

What I found most compelling about this movie is the way in which the core subject matter of the husband abusing his wife was revealed to the audience. It didn't focus entirely on the actual act of abuse which is something the movie could've easily gone in the direction of. One might argue that showing the actual scenes might've garnered more sympathy for Kiranjit but I beg to differ. I think by showing glimpses of the violence and leaving much to the imagination the director has done well to extract genuine sympathy from his audience. I must also mention that Aishwarya Rai has portrayed this role earnestly and might perhaps be the peacock feather in her acting career. She was apt, didn't over or under act and perfectly exhibited the emotional trauma that Kiranjit might've actually been through. The movie was controlled realism, in it that it portrayed the story realistically but didn't go into the gory details, which I believe isn't necessary at all.


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