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Provoked: A True Story (2006)

Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 6 April 2007 (UK)
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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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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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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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Based on the autobiographical book "Circle of Light" by Kiranjit Ahluwalia. 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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Dreadful
3 July 2013 | by Cedric_CatsuitsSee all my reviews

Where to start with this .... ? Well the script is poor, the characters one-dimensional, the music is dreadful, and the directing and acting simply abysmal. In fact, possibly the worst acting I've ever seen in a movie, and I've seen a lot of movies.

I get the feeling the makers of this film were on a crusade, and let pursuance of that goal completely overshadow the actual film-making process.

So bad is the script and acting that I found myself unable to sympathize at all with the 'victim' of abuse, who comes across as arrogant, snobbish and immature. Hence any sympathy for the cause of battered women has been tainted.

At best it might be called 'cheesy' and there is a hint of Bollywood about it, but frankly to entrust an important story to this bunch of amateurs was a huge mistake. I suggest you don't waste your time on this film.


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Country:

UK | India

Language:

English | Punjabi

Release Date:

6 April 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,000, 13 May 2007

Gross USA:

$761,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,135,419
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Raj Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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