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Set against the epic backdrop of the River Ganges in 1938 during Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, this is the inspiring tale of an eight year old Hindu girl named Chuyia. Chuyia's life is suddenly changed when she is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. She refuses to accept her fate and her feisty presence begins to affect the lives of other residents, including a beautiful young widow, Kalyani (Lisa Ray of Bollywood/Hollywood) who has fallen in love with Ghandian idealist, Narayan (Bollywood star John Abraham).
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I first became fascinated with India a little over a year ago, and I found this film to be nothing short of shocking, exposing a part of Hindu culture I knew nothing about. I knew that widows had to give up their own lives in the funeral pyres of their dead husbands many centuries ago, but I had no idea that widows still gave up the majority of their lives here in the modern day. It is heartening to discover that Gandhi opposed this traditional practice.Read more ›
The movie is set in the backdrop of the British Raj period. Religious rituals are performed within the confinements of the location. The story is about a young and innocent girl who is cruelly orphaned at such a young age to a widow village. She meet and develops a close and special bonding with this beautiful widow. This widow played by Lisa Ray who falls to the charm of Gandhi follower played by Bollywood heart throb (John Abraham). That is the general gist of the story.
The initial stages of the film led to major delays, as the original plans to filming of the movie in the Ganges backfired due to widespread religious protest. The alternative location used for filming included Sri-Lanka. The movie deals with a delicate social issues of women being denied freedom and forever confined to a place, which understandably prompted this widespread protest.
Overall, a beautiful movie to appreciate and admire for its creativeness. Waters is a harsh vision about the cruelty of religion inflicted on individuals. Great setting, brilliant acting and creativeness are special qualities to praise the movie highly for.
The cast is superb headed by Seema biswas as the minder of a widow asylum in India , with Lisa ray and John abraham enacting an anigmatic but tragic love affair and the evil is captured with true subtlety in the form of paedophiles and pimps who exploit the widows in an asharam for lust and greed .
The 9 year old child widow Chiriya, walks away with the final applause with a great performance as she is handled with fragile care by the excellent script and direction .
The tragedy of cultural exploitation of the weaker sex was never brought to life in a more subtle and mature manner by an Indian film-maker before ,and the sound track helps the evolution of a shocking story where the twist in the finale will take your breath away.
Unmissable and truly worthy of its oscar nomination ,kudos to the entire team .
The movie is set in British India and the brief appearance of the Mahatama Gandhi at the end is very symbolic yet relevant to this social awakening from a brilliant woman director .
MUST HAVE DVD WITH GREAT SPECIAL FEATURES .
It's pacing seems to take its momentum from the opening scene of the large, ponderous river (representing the Ganges). But this pacing allows the viewer to fully absorb the culture, the characterizations and the details of the plot.
And it's visually stunning, taking some of the sting out of the forlorn story. Writer/director Deepa Mehta ignores the vérité style of layering ugliness upon ugliness to enhance a tragedy. So, instead, we revel in the beauty of nature. Of Indian artistic style. Of Canadian-Hindi actress Lisa Ray. And the hunky man (John Abraham) who is infatuated with her. And, finally, the beauty found in a remote hope.
The story seems fresh despite being constructed of familiar parts. The acting is generally very good with a superb one by Seema Biswas as the widow approaching middle age who is wise and sympathetic, but not so wise that she's immune to the ache of her predicament. Sarala as the 8-year-old widow is a scene-stealer despite her obvious inexperience. And John Abraham and, especially, Lisa Ray bring earnestness to their romantic storyline.
This film continues to haunt me.
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A deeply moving and quite shocking film depicting the plight of widows as young as children left to survive an incredibly sad existence. It is beautifully acted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lindylou
We received the water DVD today looking forward to watching it. To our disappointment it only played the trailers leading Up to the film ( but when it came to play the film it cut... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MISS N D WILSON
Absolutely brilliant film. Very moving and what was a controversial subject in India. Worth watching.Published 11 months ago by IAN MANN
A very moving film, that will touch your heart. With an ending I didn't expect.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some people appear to have been influenced by the emotional subject matter when reviewing this film. Read morePublished 14 months ago by D Partridge