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Year2005
RatedPG-13
Released26 May 2006
Runtime117 min
GenreDrama, Romance
DirectorDeepa Mehta
WriterAnurag Kashyap (dialogue), Deepa Mehta
ActorsSarala Kariyawasam, Buddhi Wickrama, Rinsly Weerarathne, Iranganie Serasinghe
LanguageHindi, Sanskrit
CountryCanada, India
AwardsNominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 14 nominations.

Water

A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is unceremoniously left at a bare and impoverished widows' ashram, beside the Ganges during monsoon season. The ashram's leader pimps out Kalyani, a young and beautiful widow, for household funds. Narayan, a follower of Gandhi, falls in love with her. Can she break with tradition and religious teaching to marry him? The ashram's moral center is Shakuntala, deeply religious but conflicted about her fate. Can she protect Kalyani or Chuyia? Amid all this water, is rebirth possible or does tradition drown all?
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