Water


1h 54m 2006

Brief Synopsis

In 1938 India an 8 year old girl, who barely even remembers her wedding and has little comprehension of her marriage, has just been widowed. Required by ancient Hindu laws to now leave society, she is brought to a dilapidated widow house or ashram where, according to custom, her hair will be shorn,

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Astral Media; Celluloid Dreams; Cine-Byte Imaging Inc; Film Finances, Inc.; Harold Greenberg Fund; Jones Brown Inc; Soho Vfx; Super Ecran; TTlTfilm Canada; The Movie Network; William F. White International, Inc.
Distribution Company
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES/MONGREL MEDIA; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; Arthaus (Norway); Central Film Verleih Gmbh; CinTart; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Filmladen Gmbh; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Golden Village; Golem Distribution; Metrodome Distribution; Mongrel Media; Mongrel Media; Palace Pictures (Czech Republic); Sunrise Film Distribution; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures International; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Varanasi, India; Sri Lanka

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Synopsis

In 1938 India an 8 year old girl, who barely even remembers her wedding and has little comprehension of her marriage, has just been widowed. Required by ancient Hindu laws to now leave society, she is brought to a dilapidated widow house or ashram where, according to custom, her hair will be shorn, her clothes exchanged for white robes and the rest of her life, until her death, will be spent in renunciation. But the feisty, precocious, disbelieving Chuyia soon turns the house upside down with her rebellious spark. She begins to have a profound effect on the other women who live there, in particular the devout Shakuntala and the beautiful Kalyani, who has been forced into prostitution by the domineering head widow, Madhumati. It is Chuyia who leads Kalyani to meet the alluring law student and Gandhi nationalist Narayan, with whom Kalyani falls in love, despite the taboos. 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.

Crew

Rebecca Adams

Production Coordinator

M.z. Ahmeer

Transportation Captain

Begum Akhtar

Song Performer

Sardar Akhtar

Song Performer

Raqueeb Alam

Song

Raqueeb Alam

Song Performer

Lylie Almeida

Unit Production Manager

R.r.b. Alphonso

Special Effects

Tyrol Anderson

Driver

Raj Anthony

Driver

Ranjith Anuradha

Painter

Michael Appuhamy

Carpenter

Sylvain Arsenault

Sound Recordist

Saddika Asanka

Carpenter

Lucky Athauda

Assistant Costume Designer

Suraj Azmath

Assistant Costume Designer

Steve Bain

Foley Artist

Alan Bak

Supervisor

Tom Bak

Production Supervisor

Jeff Baker

Supervisor

Avani Batra

Assistant Director

W. Michael Beard

Post-Production Supervisor

Ulhas Bhapat

Music

Aparna Bhargava

Coordinator

Surjo Bhattacharya

Song Performer

Jack Boem

Assistant Director

Roberta Bratti

Audio

Peter Breiner

Music Engineer

Gary Brown

Other

Mark Burton

Executive Producer

Christian Carruthers

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Elius Caruso

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Pat Cassin

Sound Recordist

Shreela Chakrabarity

Sound Effects

Ajay Chakroborty

Song Performer

W Chamitha Perera

Carpenter

J.m.d. Chamitha Wasantha

Carpenter

Kate Chantler

Extras Agent/Coordinator

K D Charles

Carpenter

Rakesh Chaurasia

Music

K.d. Jagath Christy

Carpenter

Drake Conrad

Digital Effects Artist

Uma Da Cunha

Casting

Gamini Dabare

Driver

Nihal Dabare

Driver

Mychael Danna

Music

Bob Davidson

Gaffer

Bryan Day

Sound Recordist

Aruni De Silva

Medic

Mulchand Dedhia

Gaffer

Ainsley Desilva

Other

A W Dharmadasa

Other

Gopi Dharmaratnam

Other

Lalith Dharmawardena

Hair

K.a. Dharshana

Grip

Lokesh Dhawan

Music Engineer

Hemasiri Dias

Assistant Property Master

S.n.s. Samanda Dias

Plasterer

Lal Dissanayake

Sound Recordist

Lal Dissanayake

Swing Gang

Nicholas Dodd

Original Music

Pearl Dunuwila

Production Coordinator

Lee Englemann

Colorist

Rohan Fernando

Carpenter

Ronnie Fonseka

Carpenter

W Manjula Fonseka

Carpenter

W. L.g. Fonseka

Carpenter

Gina Fowler

Production Manager

Janice Fowlie

Production Accountant

Vic Fraser

Music

Hermantha Gamage

Makeup

Selva Ganesh

Music

Jason Giberson

Film Lab

Mark Gingras

Supervising Sound Editor

Jamie Gould

Rerecording Assistant

D Dylan Gray

Assistant Director

Elizabeth Gruszka

Makeup

Krishantha Gunasekera

Accountant

Krishantha Gunasekera

Cashier

Gina Gyles

Foley Artist

Lon J. Hall

Legal Counsel

Rumana Hamied

Assistant Art Director

Rumana Hamied

On-Set Dresser

David Hamilton

Producer

Rick Hannigan

Project Manager

Vivian Hanwell

Assistant

Lal Harindranath

Set Decorator

Jayan Hasitha

Carpenter

Felix Heeb

Film Lab

Piyal Illeyaperuma

Best Boy Grip

Elif Isikozlu

Song Performer

S Ivakumar

Sound Engineer

Anna Ivanova

Compositing Supervisor

Sunil Jayakody

Driver

Sumant Jayakrishnan

Art Director

Sarath Jayasundara

Production Assistant

Melanie Jeffrey

Assistant Camera

Winnifred Jong

Script Supervisor

Kingsley Joseph

Carpenter

K D Justin

Construction Manager

Darshana Sampath Karunaratne

Props

P.u. Karunaratne

Painter

Errol Kelly

Consultant

Chandimal Kodituwakku

Transportation Coordinator

Sunil Kodituwakku

Painter

James Koole

Other

Michael Kowalski

Visual Effects Producer

Wojceich Kufner

3-D Animator

Surendra Kumar

Best Boy Electric

Chaminda Saman Kumara

Carpenter

John Laing

Supervising Sound Editor

Chander Lal

Legal Counsel

Hira Lal

Wardrobe Dresser

Lionel Liyanage

Property Master

John Loranger

Assistant Sound Editor

Anthony Lordon

Location Manager

Diana Madureira

Production Coordinator

Allan Magled

Visual Effects Supervisor

A Magulpokuna

Carpenter

Gamini Mallawarachchi

Special Effects Coordinator

Nihal Mallawarachchi

Generator Operator

Nuwan Manju

Driver

P K Manjula

Other

Douglas Mankoff

Executive Producer

Paul Mantler

Film Lab

Ivan Martin

Assistant

Tom Mayclim

Negative Cutter

Matthew Mckenzie

Adr

Chaminda Meemanage

Cashier

Deepa Mehta

Screenplay

Deepa Mehta

Researcher

Dilip Mehta

Associate Producer

Dilip Mehta

Production Designer

G.t.r. Mendis

Carpenter

J W Mendis

Manager

Victor Meniksagara

Production

P D Michael

On-Set Dresser

Aditya Modi

Sound Engineer

Siddique Mohamed

Assistant Director

Mike Mombourquette

Compositing Supervisor

Colin Monie

Editor

Art Montreuil

Color Timer

Vikramaditya Motwane

Choreographer

Srinivas Murthy

Original Music

M Nandadiri

Assistant Location Manager

Damith Nandalal

Props

A Nandasiri

Production

Vasanth Nath

Assistant

Senaka Navaratne

Assistant Art Director

Senaka Navaratne

Concept Artist

Naveen

Music

Champika Nilantha

Assistant Camera

Jagath Nissanka

Production Assistant

Reagan Noble

Hair Stylist

Giles Nuttgens

Director Of Photography

Ricardo Olivero

Color Timer

K.k.n. Palitha

Electrician

Michael Paterson

Recording Engineer

Karunadasa Pathiratne

Sound Department

Vujitha Peiris

Driver

Anura Perera

Grip

Asoka Perera

Other

Asoka Perera

Production Supervisor

Moly Perera

Extras Casting Assistant

Rienzie Perera

Assistant Location Manager

Salinda Perera

Carpenter

Peter Persaud

Recording Engineer

Milton Philip

Electrician

Nihal Ponweera

Construction

Marek Posival

Associate Producer

Susil Premachandra

Driver

S A Premadasa

Assistant

Sunil Premaratne

Coordinator

M Premasiri

Driver

Anura Priyantha

Driver

R.g. Ranoj Pyriyantha

Painter

Devjani Raha

Assistant

A. R. Rahman

Music Composer

B.r.c. Rajasiri

Swing Gang

Welegedara Ranasinghe

Assistant Set Decorator

Suranga Ranawaka

Production

R.m.v. Ratnayake

Driver

Mohamed Risran

Plasterer

Mohamed Rizva

Production

Colin Rodrigo

Carpenter

Percy Rodrigo

Carpenter

Chris Ross

Titles And Opticals

Akshay Roy

Assistant Director

Juthikja Roy

Song Performer

Ranjith Rubesinghe

Production

Inoka Nilanthi Ruhunge

Assistant Costume Designer

Adhi Rutnam

Electrician

Chandran Rutnam

Other

L M Ruwan Wijenundara

Carpenter

G S Sachdev

Music

Tuan Saiffadeen

Other

M.j.l. Salgado

Electrician

Devyani Saltzman

Photography

W Saman Kumara

Carpenter

Jayasiri Samaratunga

Other

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Astral Media; Celluloid Dreams; Cine-Byte Imaging Inc; Film Finances, Inc.; Harold Greenberg Fund; Jones Brown Inc; Soho Vfx; Super Ecran; TTlTfilm Canada; The Movie Network; William F. White International, Inc.
Distribution Company
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES/MONGREL MEDIA; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; Arthaus (Norway); Central Film Verleih Gmbh; CinTart; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Filmladen Gmbh; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Golden Village; Golem Distribution; Metrodome Distribution; Mongrel Media; Mongrel Media; Palace Pictures (Czech Republic); Sunrise Film Distribution; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures International; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Varanasi, India; Sri Lanka

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Award Nominations

Best Foreign Language Film

2006

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Principal photography started on January 30, 2000 and went on hiatus due to trouble with the government and local uprisings. Production will reportedly resume in September 2000.

Released in United States Spring April 28, 2006

Limited Release in United States April 28, 2006

Released in United States on Video August 29, 2006

Released in United States August 2006 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Showcase) August 14-27, 2006.)

Released in United States January 2007 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Awards Buzz ¿ Best Foreign Language Film) January 4-15, 2007.)

Released in United States Spring April 28, 2006

Limited Release in United States April 28, 2006

Released in United States on Video August 29, 2006

Released in United States August 2006

Released in United States January 2007

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Showcase) August 14-27, 2006.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Awards Buzz - Best Foreign Language Film) January 4-15, 2007.

Final installment in Deepa Mehta's "Elemental Trilogy," which began with Fire (1996) and continued with Earth (1998).

Hindu nationalists protesting the film delayed the shoot by destroying the sets.

Continued uprisings and government revoking of permits have stopped production of this film due to conflict with the film's subject matter.

Co-winner of the 2006 Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression by the National Board of Review (NBR).