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Water [videorecording] / Fox Searchlight Pictures presents ; Mongrel Media presents in association with Telefilm Canada, Noble Nomad Pictures, Echo Lake Productions ; a David Hamilton production ; a Deepa Mehta film ; produced by David Hamilton ; written and directed by Deepa Mehta
Alternate (uniform) Title Water (Motion picture : 2005)
Widescreen ed
Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2006
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  PN1997.2 .W37 2006    DUE 09-10-14
Subject(s) Widows -- India -- Drama
Widowhood -- India -- Drama
Widows (Hindu law) -- Drama
Repentance -- Drama
Love -- Drama
Subject India -- Drama
Subject(s) Girls -- India -- Social conditions -- Drama
Women -- India -- Social conditions -- Drama
Foreign films
Motion pictures, Hindi
Feature films -- India
Feature films -- Canada
Physical Description 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Note - System Details DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 2.35:1
Language In Hindi with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned
Cast Seema Biswas (Shakuntula), Lisa Ray (Kalyani), John Abraham (Narayan), Sarala (Chuyia), Manorma (Madhumati), Vidula Javalgekar ('Auntie' Patiraji), Raghuvir Yadav (Gulabi), Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Sadananda), Vinay Pathak (Rabindra), Gerson Da Cunha (Seth Dwarkanath), Ronica Sainani (Kunti), Meera Biswas (Gyanvati), Waheeda Rehman (Bhagavati)
Credits Director of photography, Giles Nuttgens ; film editor, Colin Monie ; production designer, Dilip Mehta ; music composed by Mychael Danna ; songs composed by A.R. Rahman ; lyrics, Sukhwinder Singh ; costume designer, Dolly Ahluwallia ; Hindi translation of dialogue, Anurag Kashyap
Note Originally produced as an Indian/Canadian motion picture in 2005
Special features: Commentary by director Deepa Mehta [optional audio feature]; Behind-the-scenes [featurette] (21 min.); The story behind the making of 'Water" [featurette] (4 min.)
MPAA rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual situations, and for brief drug use
Summary It is 1938, the twilight of colonial India, as Gandhi's protests begin to change Indian society. But for some women, things may never change. As widows, they are condemned by Hindu law to spend the rest of their lives in an ashram, to live out their lives in poverty, chastity, and humble obscurity. Then Chuyia, a bewildered 8-year-old who doesn't even remember being married, arrives and upsets everything. Madhumati, the head of the house; Shakuntala, an assistant to a local holy man; and quiet, gorgeous Kalyani are all moved--in very different ways--by her arrival. For these women, the question remains: how far--and for how long--can this cruel injustice be continued in the name of tradition?
Contents Main titles/Young widow -- Sisters in grief -- Prayer -- Runaway dog -- Gandhi -- No men allowed -- Water -- Sweets -- Night visit -- Auntie's death -- Reborn a man -- Narayan's note -- Kalyani at the temple -- Cloud messenger -- Lotus flower -- Sinful behavior -- Madhumati's parrot -- Freeing Kalyani -- Festival of color -- Kalyani's client -- One less mouth to feed -- Deceit -- Prayer meeting -- Take this child/End titles
Awards Winner, 2006 Genie Awards for Best performance by an actress in a leading role: Seema Biswas; Best achievement in cinematography: Giles Nuttgens; Best achievement in music - original score: Mychael Danna
Alternate Author Mehta, Deepa, 1949-
Biswas, Seema
Ray, Lisa, 1972-
Abraham, John, 1972-
Sarala, 1996-
Manorma, d. 2008
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Mongrel Media
Telefilm Canada
Noble Nomad Pictures
Echo Lake Productions
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc

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