Sidhwa's earlier novel, was the basis for , the second film in the trilogy. But the feisty, precocious, disbelieving Chuyia Sarala soon turns the house upside down with her rebellious spark. Shakuntala finds out and tries to prevent the worst, but she is too late. Cast Cast overview, first billed only:. Mehta followed this with her film starring and in 1994. While the devout Shakuntula Seema Biswas spends her days assisting a local holy man, the limpid-eyed Kalyani Lisa Ray — the only widow whose head has not been shaved — is forced into prostitution by the ashram's domineering housemother.
. What happens next - an attempt at escape fueled by passion and bravery -- will change Chuyia forever and bring both tragedy and an unexpected ray of hope to the widow house. He arrives at the ashram to take Kalyani with him, only to find that Kalyani has fatally drowned herself. Four years later, Mehta took the film crew to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and recreated Varanasi, a city in north India. Never has the Ganges played here by a river in Sri Lanka looked so inviting. Water is a dark introspect into the tales of rural Indian widows in the 1940s and covers controversial subjects such as misogyny and ostracism. Featured songs for the film were composed by , with lyrics by and Raqeeb Alam while the background score was composed by.
Mehta is currently married to producer. She begins to have a profound affect on the other women who live there, in particular the devout Shakuntala Seema Biswas and the beautiful Kalyani Lisa Ray who has been forced into prostitution by the domineering head widow, Madhumati Manorama. She befriends Kalyani, and witnesses Kalyani's budding romance with Narayan , a charming upper-class follower of. But the feisty, precocious, disbelieving Chuyia Sarala soon turns the house upside down with her rebellious spark. The ashram has an assorted mix of widows--the overweight and overbearing Madhumati, who shares pot at night with her eunuch friend Gulabi Raghubir Yadav ; Shakuntala Seema Biswas , a sensitive middle-aged widow, who becomes a mother-figure for Chuyia; and the prized possession of the ashram: the beautiful, young, fair-skinned Kalyani Lisa Ray , who is allowed to keep her hair long and sleep in a special room on the second floor of the ashram. The ashram is ruled by Madhumati , a pompous lady in her 70s.
As the train departs, in an act of desperation Shakuntala runs alongside the train, asking people to take Chuyia with them. But it is also a fact that in pockets of India, especially in small, rural areas, centuries-old religious practices and traditions continue to exist. . This was also the first feature length dramatic film which Mehta both wrote and directed, a practice which she would continue throughout the rest of her career. The film seethes with anger over their plight yet never judges, and possesses a lyrical, poetical quality. Earth was submitted by for the , and Water was Canada's official entry for making it only the third non-French-language Canadian film submitted in that category after 's 1990 invented-language film and 's 2001 -language feature. There are fourteen women who live in the dilapidated house, sent there to expiate bad , as well as to relieve their families of the financial and emotional burdens of caring for widows.
Attractive, witty and sharp, she is also one of the few widows who can read. In 2002, she directed , for which she won the. Can she break with tradition and religious teaching to marry him? In 2015, Mehta wrote and directed the crime thriller 2015 , a film starring as Jeet Johar, a proud observant Sikh and a ruthless gangster. Amid all this water, is rebirth possible or does tradition drown all? Mehta's film Water was later published by Sidhwa as the 2006 novel. Also in 2008 Mehta produced the documentary The Forgotten Woman, directed by her brother Dilip. Disgusted, he decides to walk out on his father and join. Narayan confronts his father, learning the reason for Kalyani's actions.
When Shakuntala finds Chuyia, Chuyia is deeply traumatized and catatonic. Much to everyone's surprise, the God-fearing Shakuntala lets Kalyani out to go meet Narayan, who ferries her across the river to take her to his home. In 2008, inspired by the film, directed a documentary, about widows in India. Archived from on 14 January 2010. The story of Water begins in 1938 India as an 8 year old girl, who barely even remembers her wedding and has little comprehension of her marriage, has just been widowed. Traveling Light would go on to be nominated for three Gemini Awards. The ashram has a big, dark secret.
She spots Narayan on the train and hands Chuyia over to him. Chuyia is an eight-year-old girl, whose husband suddenly dies. They were not to remarry. . . The train departs, carrying Chuyia away while leaving the teary-eyed Shakuntala behind.
She begins to have a profound affect on the other women who live there, in particular the devout Shakuntala Seema Biswas and the beautiful Kalyani Lisa Ray who has been forced into prostitution by the domineering head widow, Madhumati Manorama. Naturally, Madhumati is opposed to their romance. Some notable actors who have worked in this trilogy are , , , , , , , and. In 1987, based on the works of Alice Munro, Cynthia Flood and Betty Lambert, Mehta produced and co-directed Martha, Ruth and Edie. In Varanasi, the seemingly quiet lifestyle of widows in an ashram is shaken up with the arrival of Chuyia. It was released in on 9 March 2007. Mehta and her cinematographer, Giles Nuttgens, paint a vibrant world of lambent light and indigo shade.