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Water - Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Deepa Mehta

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Set in the 1930s during the rise of the independence struggles against British colonial rule, the film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. Water focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from a lower caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film India drama romance British rule independence widow caste oppression

Persons of interest

  • Lisa Ray .... Kalyani
  • Seema Biswas .... Shakuntala
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda .... Sadananda
  • Waheeda Rehman .... Bhagavati
  • Raghuvir Yadav .... Gulabi
  • Vinay Pathak .... Rabindra
  • Rishma Malik .... Snehalata
  • John Abraham .... Narayana
  • Deepa Mehta .... Screenwriter
  • Deepa Mehta .... Director

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Theatrical report

If you like hard-hitting drama mixed in with sumptuous production values and fabulous acting in a stunning setting then you'll like Deepa Mehta's final Elemental Trilogy film, Water. The dilapidated temples, the flowing cloth, the river, the colours, the movements, the dusky-skinned maidens, the Bollywood heart-throbs...

And then there's the brain-food: religion, tradition, innocence, oppression, repression, true love, unrequited love... it doesn't get much better than this.

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate themes)

Surveillance time

116 minutes (1:56 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 13 April 2006

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