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About Water


Set against the considerably backward backdrop of 1930s Colonial India, the film opens when 8-year old (not a typo) Chuyia (Sarala) is widowed and sent to a home where she and her fellow widows must live out their lives in penitence (translate, eliminate the financial burden to their family). Governance of the ashram takes the corpulent form of the pompous and spongy Madhumati (Manorama). The elderly widow's only friend is Gulabi (Raghuvir Yadav), a sprightly hermaphrodite (again, not a typo) who supplies Madhumati with ganga, gossip and an extra source of income: pimping out the hottest widow in the ashram, the lovely Kalyani (Lisa Ray).


Meanwhile Chuyia, convinced her mother will come for her, imbues the house with her feisty presence which begins to infect the others with some long-overdue defiance. Quiet Shakuntala (Seema Biswas) allows herself to fall for a Ghandian idealist who recites scriptures to the pilgrims as they bathe in the ghats of the Ganges. Kalyani meets young lawyer Narayan (John Abrahahm) and as the two commit the sin of falling in love in defiance of the religious prohibitions concerning widows, Kalyani begins to resist Madhumati and her clientele. But when she eventually escapes to Narayan's waiting arms and he spirits Kalyani away to his parents' house, she recognizes the portico and asks the full name of Narayan's father. At his reply, she demands he turn the boat around; what ensues will change their lives, and the life of the little catalyst Chuyia, forever.


News Articles about Water


NY Times 2/24/07 Indian Film With Roots So Deep That It Defies Borders

Jam! 2/24/07 Indian actress says researching lives of widows for film 'Water' was painful

Metro 2/19/07 Fire burns before Water

Jam! 2/1/07 Filming 'Water' was bittersweet

Detroit News 1/25/07 `Water' to be released in India in March

Knox News 6/9/06 Water's narrow theme saturated with broader relevance

Dallas Morning News 5/18/06 The fire over 'Water'

Chicago Sun-Times 5/5/06 Water - Roger Ebert review 

Mercury News 5/5/06 Jackals lurk in city of widows: 'Water' looks past religious strictures

Houston Chronicle 5/5/06 The beautiful crown in Mehta's Indian trilogy

Chicago Tribune 5/5/06 Elemental truths

Philly.com 5/5/06 Questions of an Indian widow, 8 years old

USA Today 5/5/06 'Water' lays bare the widows' plight

Rocky Mountain News 5/5/06 Beauty, contradiction run deep in 'Water'

AM New York 4/28/06 Water

NY Times 4/28/06 Under the Heel of Britain and the Thumb of Hindu Law in 'Water'

Philly.com 4/26/06 Withstanding the fire to finish her film 'Water'

Globe and Mail 11/3/05 Goodbye to Bollywood

Jam! 11/3/05 Lisa Ray blooms in 'Water'

Hollywood Reporter 9/20/05 Water

Houston Chronicle 5/21/04 'Rings', 'Elizabeth' filmmakers plan to make splash in 'Water'


Websites about Water


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