Water - DVD (German Edition) John Abraham , Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas
Starring: Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, Sarala, John Abraham, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Waheeda Rehman, Raghuvir Yadav, Vinay Pathak, Rishma Malik, Vudila Javalgekar
Director: Deepa Mehta
Music: A R Rahman
Language: Hindi, German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
It is 1938, India is ruled by the British, and it is around this time that Mohandas K. Gandhi has arrived from Africa to begin his tryst with the British, as well as battle the traditions that bind the Hindus. Barely in her teens, Chuyia is married to much older and sickly male, who shortly after the marriage, passes away. Chuyia is returned unceremoniously to her parents' house, and from there she is taken to the holy city Banaras and left in the care of a wide assortment of widows. Chuyia believes that her mother will come to take her home. Here she meets the several elderly women, including the head, Madhumati; a quiet, confident woman named Shakuntala, and a gorgeous young woman named Kalyani. Chuyia does not know that according to Holy Hindu Scriptures she has been destined to live here for the rest of her life, for when a woman's husband dies', she has three options. One to marry her husband's younger brother; two to kill herself on his funeral pyre; three to live a life of celibacy, discipline, and solitude amongst her own kind. The fourth law which permits a widow to re-marry is not quite popular, and it is these laws and openly welcoming the lower castes that will pit Gandhiji amongst his very own people, apart from struggling with the British to leave India. Kalyani meets and falls in love with young Narayan, a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, who wants to marry her, despite of his mother's protests. But on the fateful day when ferrying her to his home, Kalyani recognizes the house, the very same house she had been forced to visit as a prostitute years ago with a man who is now Narayan's father. The question remains will Kalyani prefer living the life of a confined widow, or marry Narayan and live with his father under the same roof? And is Chuyia really destined to live the rest of her life as a widow?