Water

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 2005
  • Running time: 117 min
The story of Water begins in 1938 India as an 8 year old girl, who barely even remembers her wedding and has little comprehension of her marriage, has just been widowed. Required by ancient Hindu laws to now leave society, she is brought to a dilapidated... read more
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The story of Water begins in 1938 India as an 8 year old girl, who barely even remembers her wedding and has little comprehension of her marriage, has just been widowed. Required by ancient Hindu laws to now leave society, she is brought to a dilapidated widow house or ashram where, according to custom, her hair will be shorn, her clothes exchanged for white robes and the rest of her life, until her death, will be spent in renunciation. But the feisty, precocious, disbelieving Chuyia (Sarala) soon turns the house upside down with her rebellious spark. She begins to have a profound affect on the other women who live there, in particular the devout Shakuntala (Seema Biswas) and the beautiful Kalyani (Lisa Ray) who has been forced into prostitution by the domineering head widow, Madhumati (Manorama). It is Chuyia who leads Kalyani to meet the alluring law student and Gandhi nationalist Narayan (John Abraham), with whom Kalyani falls in love, despite the taboos. What happens next - an attempt at escape fueled by passion and bravery -- will change Chuyia forever and bring both tragedy and an unexpected ray of hope to the widow house.

Original Release

09/09/2005

US Release

04/28/2006

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Cast

Lisa Ray Kalyani
Sarala Chuyia
John Abraham Narayan
Seema Biswas Shakuntala
Waheeda Rehman Bhagavati, Narayan's Mother
Vinay Pathak Rabindra
Rishma Malik Snehalata
Manorama Madhumati
Gerson Da Cunha Seth Dwarkanath
Iranganie Serasinghe Mother in Law
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Deepa Mehta

Writers

Anurag Kashyap, Deepa Mehta

Cast

Lisa Ray Kalyani
Sarala Chuyia
John Abraham Narayan
Seema Biswas Shakuntala
Waheeda Rehman Bhagavati, Narayan's Mother
Vinay Pathak Rabindra
Rishma Malik Snehalata
Manorama Madhumati
Gerson Da Cunha Seth Dwarkanath
Iranganie Serasinghe Mother in Law
Zul Vilani Mahatma Gandhi
Mohan Jhangiani Mahatma Gandhi
Kulbhushan Kharbanda Sadananda
Sarala Kariyawasam Chuyia
Dolly Ahluwalia Upset Woman
Deepa Mehta Special Appearance
Raghuvir Yadav Gulabi
Buddhi Wickrama Baba
Rinsly Weerarathne Chuyia's Husband
Hermantha Gamage Barber

Producers

Mark Burton Executive Producer
Doug Mankoff Executive Producer
Ajay Virmani Executive Producer
Dilip Mehta Producer
Marek Posival Producer
Claire Welland Producer
David Hamilton Producer

Editors

Colin Monie

2007OscarBest Foreign Language Film of the Year Nominated
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