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वाटर
Water

Author: David HamiltonDeepa MehtaSeema BiswasLisa RayJohn AbrahamAll authors
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : HindiView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Foreign films
Motion pictures, Hindi
Feature films
Foreign language films
Films for the hearing impaired
Melodrama
Romance
Drama
Teatro
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Hamilton; Deepa Mehta; Seema Biswas; Lisa Ray; John Abraham; Sarala; Manorma; Giles Nuttgens; Mychael Danna; Colin Monie; Fox Searchlight Pictures.; Mongrel Media.; Telefilm Canada.; Noble Nomad Pictures.; Echo Lake Productions.; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.
OCLC Number: 70243935
Language Note: In Hindi with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Notes: 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.).
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.
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).
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.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual situations, and for brief drug use.
Description: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 2.35:1.
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.
Other Titles: Water (Motion picture : 2005)
Responsibility: 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.

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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?

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