Saturday, April 7, 2007

The Movie Provoked is Accused of Taking Artistic Liberty Overlooking the Facts

Jagmohan Mundhra directed and Aishwarya Rai acted movie Provoked is now being showed in England after it was released yesterday. The movie has already got a huge attention in both England and India. It is, for sure, that the movie is going to be a successful one in both England and India box office.

The movie is based on a real story of a Punjabi housewife Kiranjit Ahluwalia who being abused by her husband for 10 years, one night kills him. As a result, Kiranjit was sentenced to life imprisonment. However, with the help of her cell mate Veronica Scott and a south Asia based social working group Southall Black Sisters, Kiranjit got out of jail. Now, the problem is that the co-writer of the book 'Circle of Light', which the movie is based on, Rahila and two outmost workers of Southall Black Sisters have accused director Jagmohan Mundhra of taking artistic liberties in the movie. reported:

The Southall Black Sisters, an organisation that helped Kiranjit, panned it saying it has 'factual and legal inaccuracies'. And Pragna Patel and Rahila Gupta, whose characters have been merged into one person and is played by Nandita Das in the film, alleged that it had taken a lot of artistic liberties.

Rahila, who co-wrote the book 'Circle of Light' that chronicles Kiranjit's awful journey from a wife to a murderer and her fight to get justice, said it is a one-dimensional story.

Directed by Jagmohan Mundhra, the film revolves around Kiranjit (Aishwarya Rai) who moves to Britain after marrying Deepak Ahluwalia (Naveen Andrews). She is constantly abused and raped by her husband who is an alcoholic. After bearing his atrocities for 10 years, one fine day she kills him.

I think as the movie is related to a sensitive issue, the director should not have changed anything related to the fact. I think the movie is also special for Aishwarya Rai as her English movie career can get a huge boom from the movie Provoked. What do you think about it