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Director: Deepa Mehta
Cast: John Abraham, Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas and Sarala
RunTime: 116 mins
Genre: Drama (Hindi)
Rating: NC-16

While everyone is set in the mood of catching light weight entertainment during the holiday season, this powerful and heavy movie may get washed away.

Water, a brilliant work, is the third of director Deepa Mehta's trilogy of Fire (1996) and Earth (1998). This film on destitute widows in India took 5 years to reach the screen, as angry extremist threatened the crew by burning sets and throwing them to the Ganges River. The director showed the strength of movie as she moved her film to Sri Lanka with a different cast.

Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, the story is about an eight-year-old Chuyia (Sarala) who finds herself in a widow's ashram even though she has never met her dead husband. Such is the fate of India's widows for the last 2000 years as they make amends for their 'sins' for causing the deaths of their husbands.

They can choose to bun with their dead husband, marry his brother, or sent away to widow houses. No much of a choice anyway. There is more to this film than traditional fundamentalists or the ill fate of life. Intricately filmed to revolve around the fiery Chuyia, elegant Kalyani (Lisa Ray) seeking truth love and Shakantuaa (Seema Biswas) struggling between her faith and values, it is enough to set hearts stirring.

During the final scene, the quiet Water pushes your emotions and you should find yourself tearing, for their lives and our helplessness.

Water – Companionate and Powerful

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