Saturday, March 17, 2007

Cinema, Fries, Latte ---- WATER makes your heart wet

I watched this movie just to find out why it missed the Oscars for the best foreign film. This is just a documentary of the life of widows in the 1930s in India. Following Hindu tradition, the marriage of young girls to older men was common in many parts of India. When a man died, his widow would be forced to spend the rest of her life in a widow's ashram, an institution for widows to make amends for the sins from her previous life that supposedly caused her husband's death.. This is made with the international audience in mind by deepa mehta but showing the darkerside of India. Yes we had many issues during the period of 1930s including seeking independence. But those are times when child marriage, Sati have been abolished and widow remarriage has been contemplated but was not on our priority. we had many things to fight for. Don't watch this movie for anything except the brilliant acting by Seema Biswas and the little kid "Sarala" who played the child-widow.The film was called Water ---may be for the trilogy but for the water everywhere they show in Varanasi and also for that this film makes your heart wet.All implied messages and nothing showing up India in a good light, this doesn't deserve the Oscars may be.

Now 2007 , after 70 years from the era of the movie, where do we stand when it comes to widows in the society. They are living independent, no more white sarees, they wear a bindhi but what about widow remarriage. Still young widows doesn't have a second life..yes there are many around us and many in villages. They need to live independent by all means but not emotionally. Not much has changed in the era where India has developed economically.

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