Release November 4, 2005 (Limited)
Cast Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, John Abraham, Sarala, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Waheeda Rehman, Raghuvir Yadav, Vinay Pathak, Rishma Malik, Meera Biswas
Director Deepa Mehta
Writer Deepa Mehta
Genres Drama, Musical, Mystery
Studio Mongrel Media
Length 114 mins.
Website water.mahiram.com


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. It 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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