Water (2005/I) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.6/ 10 (9274 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual situations, and for brief drug use

Production Company
David Hamilton Productions [ca]
Deepa Mehta Films [ca]
Echo Lake Productions (I) [us]
Flagship International [jp]
Harold Greenberg Fund, The [ca]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 8 September 2005
(USA) - 2 October 2005
(Spain) - 23 October 2005
(Canada) - 4 November 2005
(Thailand) - 22 February 2006

Running Time


1930s, altar, ashram, aunt-niece-relationship, balcony, bathing, beggar, begging, belief-in-god, belief-in-gods, belief-in-heaven, belief-in-hell, belief-in-reincarnation, belief-in-the-afterlife, bird, bird-cage, biting, blessing, boat, book, bracelet, brahmin, bride, brothel, candle,

Technical Support
MET:3200 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Digital Intermediate
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Abraham, John (IV) as [Narayan] <15>
  2. Alwis, Daya as [Saduram] <17>
  3. Da Cunha, Gerson as [Seth Dwarkanath] <27>
  4. Dedhia, Mulchand as [Vendor] <24>
  5. Jhangiani, Mohan as [Mahatma Gandhi] <29>
  6. Kharbanda, Kulbhushan as [Sadananda] <20>
  7. Nath, Vasant as [Young Gandhi Follower] <28>
  8. Pathak, Vinay as [Rabindra] <19>
  9. Premawathie, A.A. as [Widow] <37>
  10. Vilani, Zul as (voice) [Mahatma Gandhi] <30>
  11. Weerarathne, Rinsly as [Chuyia's Husband] <3>
  12. Weerasinghe, Delon as [Priest] <21>
  13. Wickrama, Buddhi as [Baba] <2>
  14. Wijesinghe, Niroshan as [Patiraji's Groom] <26>
  15. Yadav, Raghuvir as [Gulabi] <18>
  16. Ahluwalia, Dolly as (as Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari) [Upset Woman] <14>
  17. Bibile, Sanoja as [Woman Bather] <13>
  18. Biswas, Meera as [Gyanvati] <9>
  19. Biswas, Seema as [Shakuntala] <11>
  20. Dissanayake, Kumari as [Widow] <31>
  21. Farlya, Nazeema as [Widow] <38>
  22. Gamage, Hermantha as [Barber] <5>
  23. Inaya, Fowzie as [Widow] <35>
  24. Javalgekar, Vidula as (as Dr. Vidula Javalgekar) ['Auntie' Patiraji] <10>
  25. Kariyawasam, Sarala as (as Sarala) [Chuyia] <1>
  26. Mageswari, T. as [Widow] <39>
  27. Malik, Rishma as [Snehalata] <8>
  28. Manorama (I) as (as Manorma) [Madhumati] <7>
  29. Mary, S. Santhanam as [Widow] <43>
  30. Meenachchi, Mala as [Widow] <36>
  31. Mehta, Deepa as (uncredited) [Special Appearance]
  32. Mudannayake, Francisca as [Little Girl] <23>
  33. Navodya, Isuru as [Young Patiraji] <25>
  34. Parameshawari, S. as [Widow] <42>
  35. Pathiranage, H. as [Widow] <40>
  36. Pooneswary, S. as [Widow] <41>
  37. Rajeshwari, S. as [Widow] <44>
  38. Ray, Lisa (I) as [Kalyani] <12>
  39. Rehman, Waheeda as [Bhagavati, Narayan's Mother] <16>
  40. Sajnani, Ronica as [Kunti] <6>
  41. Seema (IV) as [Bahu-Rani] <22>
  42. Serasinghe, Iranganie as (as Iranganee Serasinghe) [Mother in Law] <4>
  43. Silva, Seelawathie as [Widow] <33>
  44. Thevanamma, S. as [Widow] <32>
  45. Ummah, Siththi as [Widow] <34>


  1. Drama
  2. Romance

Full Plot

A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is unceremoniously left at a bare and impoverished widows' ashram, beside the Ganges during monsoon season. The ashram's leader pimps out Kalyani, a young and beautiful widow, for household funds. Narayan, a follower of Gandhi, falls in love with her. Can she break with tradition and religious teaching to marry him? The ashram's moral center is Shakuntala, deeply religious but conflicted about her fate. Can she protect Kalyani or Chuyia? Amid all this water, is rebirth possible or does tradition drown all? The year 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. Not yet in her teens, Chuyia is married to a 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 of Banaras and left in the care of a wide assortment of widows who live at "the widows' house," shunned by the rest of the community. Chuyia believes that her mother will come to take her home. Here she meets several elderly women, including the head of the house, Madhumati; a quiet, confident woman named Shakuntala; and a gorgeous young woman named Kalyani -- all widows. 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, if his family permits; two, to kill herself on his funeral pyre; three, to live a life of celibacy, discipline, and solitude amongst her own kind. A new law in India which permits a widow to re-marry is not popular, and it is these customs and openly welcoming the lower castes that will pit Gandhiji against 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 his mother's protests. The question remains, can Kalyani marry the man she loves? Will he still want to marry her when he knows everything about her? And is Chuyia destined to live the rest of her life as a widow among shunned widows? rAjOo ( Plot not found

Total Business

CP: © 2005 Hamilton Mehta Productions Inc. (on print) GR: USD 3,222,857 (USA) (3 September 2006) GR: USD 3,216,985 (USA) (27 August 2006) GR: USD 3,201,967 (USA) (20 August 2006) GR: USD 3,176,218 (USA) (13 August 2006) GR: USD 3,149,582 (USA) (6 August 2006) GR: USD 3,113,922 (USA) (30 July 2006) GR: USD 3,049,535 (USA) (23 July 2006) GR: USD 2,964,790 (USA) (16 July 2006) GR: USD 2,849,976 (USA) (9 July 2006) GR: USD 2,744,587 (USA) (2 July 2006) GR: USD 2,536,678 (USA) (25 June 2006) GR: USD 2,326,288 (USA) (18 June 2006) GR: USD 2,103,807 (USA) (11 June 2006) GR: USD 1,802,447 (USA) (4 June 2006) GR: USD 1,467,822 (USA) (28 May 2006) GR: USD 965,995 (USA) (21 May 2006) GR: USD 604,325 (USA) (14 May 2006) GR: USD 256,790 (USA) (7 May 2006) GR: USD 56,280 (USA) (30 April 2006) GR: CAD 494,516 (Canada) (13 November 2005) OW: USD 56,280 (USA) (30 April 2006) (5 screens) OW: CAD 273,830 (Canada) (13 November 2005) PD: 5 April 2004 - 13 June 2004 SD: 1 April 2004 - WG: USD 2,313 (USA) (3 September 2006) (3 screens) WG: USD 7,314 (USA) (27 August 2006) (9 screens) WG: USD 14,560 (USA) (20 August 2006) (21 screens) WG: USD 15,606 (USA) (13 August 2006) WG: USD 15,149 (USA) (6 August 2006) (20 screens) WG: USD 28,565 (USA) (30 July 2006) (31 screens) WG: USD 54,094 (USA) (23 July 2006) (42 screens) WG: USD 61,540 (USA) (16 July 2006) (43 screens) WG: USD 80,577 (USA) (9 July 2006) WG: USD 85,882 (USA) (2 July 2006) (62 screens) WG: USD 133,357 (USA) (25 June 2006) (71 screens) WG: USD 134,247 (USA) (18 June 2006) (75 screens) WG: USD 190,282 (USA) (11 June 2006) (85 screens) WG: USD 248,750 (USA) (4 June 2006) (91 screens) WG: USD 395,743 (USA) (28 May 2006) WG: USD 256,317 (USA) (21 May 2006) (84 screens) WG: USD 267,731 (USA) (14 May 2006) (62 screens) WG: USD 174,727 (USA) (7 May 2006) (36 screens) WG: USD 56,280 (USA) (30 April 2006) (5 screens)

Movie Certificate

14A (Canada)(Ontario)
G (Canada)(Quebec)
PG (Canada)(Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia)
M (Australia)
PG-13 (USA)
NC-16 (Singapore)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
12 (Germany)
M (New Zealand)
U (India)
A (Norway)
M/12 (Portugal)
13 (Argentina)
15 (South Korea)


  1. Nuttgens, Giles

Dress Designers

  1. Ahluwalia, Dolly


Casablanca Filmes [br] - (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
Europa Filmes [br] - (2010) (Brazil) (DVD)
Filmcoopi Z√ľrich [ch] - (2006) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
Films sans Frontières [fr] - (2006) (France) (theatrical)
Fox Searchlight Pictures [us] - (2006) (USA) (theatrical)
Golden Village Entertainment [sg] - (2006) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Metrodome Distribution [gb] - (2007) (UK) (theatrical)
Metrodome Distribution [gb] - (2007) (UK) (all media)
Mongrel Media [ca] - (2005) (Canada) (all media)
Prorom Media-Trade [de] - (2005) (Romania) (all media)
Sony BMG Music Entertaintment [de] - (2007) (Germany)
Umbrella Entertainment [au] - (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
Universum Film (UFA) [de] - (2005) (Germany) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Monie, Colin


  1. De Silva, Aruni (nurse)
  2. Dharmadasa, A.W. (facilities)
  3. Dunuwila, Pearl (production coordinator)
  4. Fowlie, Janice (production accountant)
  5. Gunasekera, Krishantha (cashier)
  6. Gunasekera, Krishantha (location accountant)
  7. Hall, Lon J. (I) (legal counsel)
  8. Hanwell, Vivian (assistant to producers)
  9. Heidenreich, Erin (sales agent)
  10. Jayasundara, Sarath (production assistant)
  11. Jong, Winnifred (script supervisor)
  12. Kashyap, Anurag (dialogue consultant: Hindi)
  13. Kashyap, Anurag (script consultant)
  14. Kelly, Errol (I) (design consultant)
  15. Lordon, Anthony (location manager)
  16. Meemanage, Chaminda (cashier)
  17. Mehta, Deepa (development consultant)
  18. Mendis, J.W. (facilities manager)
  19. Motwane, Vikramaditya (choreographer)
  20. Nandadiri, M. (assistant location manager)
  21. Nath, Vasant (assistant to director)
  22. Nissanka, Jagath (production assistant)
  23. Perera, Rienzie (assistant location manager)
  24. Premadasa, S.A. (facilities assistant)
  25. Ranawaka, Suranga (crowd control)
  26. Rizva, Mohamed (crowd control)
  27. Rubesinghe, Ranjith (crowd control)
  28. Ruwan (on-set craft services)
  29. Samaratunga, Jayasiri (facilities assistant)
  30. Schaus, Michael (assistant to producers)
  31. Scott, Elaine (business affairs)
  32. Shah, Nirmal (I) (cashier)
  33. Shantha, Aruna (crowd control)
  34. Umara, Kingsley (crowd control)
  35. Whitehead, Paul (I) (co-edited english version)
  36. Wickremasekera, Jasmine (production secretary)
  37. Wijewardena, Neelawathura (animal handler)


[from trailer] Chuyia's Father: [to young Chuyia] Child. Do you remember getting married? Your husband is dead. You're a widow now. [from trailer] Narayana: All the old traditions are dying out. Kalyani: But what is good should not die out. Narayana: And who will decide what is good and what is not? Kalyani: You! Bhagavati: God willing she'll reborn as a man. Bhagavati: To talk about the truth is easy but to live by it is not. Kalyani: 'Learn to live like the lotus untouched by the filthy water it grows in.' Krishnaji said it in the Geeta Narayana: Krishna was a god. Not everyone can live like the lotus flower. Kalyani: Yes, they can.

Other Titles

  1. River Moon (2005/I) (ENG)
    (Canada: English title) (fake working title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Central Province, Sri Lanka
  2. Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
  3. Sri Lanka


- Third film in 'Deepa Mehta' (qv)'s "elemental trilogy," which began with _Fire (1996)_ (qv) and continued with _Earth (1998)_ (qv).

- Shoot in Varanasi was stopped due to threats and demonstrations orchestrated by Hindu fundamentalist groups supported by the leadership of the state government in Uttar Pradesh.

- 'George Lucas (I)' (qv) took out a full-page ad in "Variety" to support 'Deepa Mehta' (qv) in her struggle to make this film when Indian authorities made clear their intentions to shut the production down.

- Shooting was disrupted by extremist forces in 2000.

- Four years after production was shut down in India, filming resumed in Sri Lanka. The movie was shot under the fake title "Full Moon" to avoid attention.

- For the role of Chuyia, Mehta auditioned 50 girls.

- Famous Indian actors Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, who were the initial choices for the roles of Shakuntala and Kalyani even shot some scenes for this movie. However, that footage was scrapped as the filming could not be finished due to altercations by Hindu Fundamentalists.

- Although Lisa Ray speaks Hindi, it is not her mother tongue. She worked on her diction to perfect the dialog.