Water the first non-English or non-French-language movie to open the Toronto International Film Festival, a brilliant movie became one of the top ten movies in Canada for 2005. Deepa Mehta (Fire, 1947 Earth, Hollywood-Bollywood) has always made sensible movies, without being affected by bollywoodish musical & masala effect.
Ironically, the movie about Indian problem was banned in India, Deepa was even forbidded to shoot near Ganges.
Cast: Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Sarala(introducing), Manorma, Raghuveer Yadav, Khulbhushan Kharbanda, Waheeda Rehman
Ms. Mehta brings us into the world of those girls and women unfortunate enough to have become widows before IndiaÂ´s independence. Our eyes and ears are those of Chuihya (Sarala), a seven-year-old widow sent to live in an ashram for widows. She encounters the vile head of the widows, Madhumati (Manorma), who exploits the residents. Shakuntala (Seema Biswas) is the only force that occasionally opposes MadhumatiÂ´s tyranny. Kalyani (Lisa Ray) is the beautiful young widow who befriends Chuhiya–she is also pimped by Madhumati and the eunuch Gulabi (Raghuveer Yadav). Ironically, she sent to work by crossing the Ganges. Narayan (John Abraham) is a follower of Gandhi who falls in love with Kalyani, regardless of her status as a widow.
We are very good, as different nations and different cultures, to have a collective amnesia about our own [problems]â€¦[Water] is about three women trying to break that cycle and trying to find dignity, and trying to get rid of the yoke of oppression, and if it inspires people to do something in their own culture, thatÂ´s whatÂ´s important.
WaterÂ´s international recognition is not without reason and this can only be verified by experiencing it yourself. The movie is bold and unapologetic for being so. It shows the truth as it is. Water is so real and passionate that you will easily be moved and shocked
Video Source: DVD