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Date of birth:
1 January 1950, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Anurag Kashyap, Deepa Mehta
Mychael Danna, A.R. Rahman
Canada | India
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? --IMDb
Chuyia’s (Sarala) husband has died, and religious doctrine dictates that she now retire to an ashram to atone for the sins that caused her husband’s untimely death.
As Chuyia bides her time among widows both young an old – some accepting of their fate and some bitterly resentful – the preadolescent widow’s spirit remains unbroken and hopeful for a brighter future. -- allmovie guide
Cast: Lisa Ray, Sarala, Rishma Malik, Waheeda Rehman, Buddhi Wickrama, Rinsly Weerarathne
Selected filmography of Deepa Mehta
- Midnight's Children (2012)
- Heaven on Earth (2008)
- Water (2005)
- Earth (1998)
- Fire (1996)
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