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Friday, April 6, 2007

Prime Minister’s Wife Appreciated the Movie Provoked

The wife of the Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, has recently watched the movie Provoked in a special arrangement. The movie is based on the autobiography of a battered woman Kiranjit Ahluwalia, Circle of Light. The movie is based on the true life story of Kiranjit who had undergone 10 years of married life with her abusive husband who was used to abuse her physically as well as mentally. Later on, Kiranjit Ahluwalia killed her husband setting him fire and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, with the help of Veronica Scott and a south Asian social worker group Southall Black Sisters, she got free causing an important change in British law.

Having seen the movie, Prime Minister’s wife sent a written congratulation to the producers praising the initiative taken for making the movie. She expected that the issue would widely be publicized in order to make people concerned about the matter. Indiafm reported:

Visibly touched by the sensitive film and praising the performances of the cast, she has written to the producers of the film stating, “The movie brilliantly highlights the trauma and struggle associated with domestic violence which many women undergo. The issues raised by the movie need to be widely publicized and shared so that women can courageously speak against this inhuman act”.

Provoked, is the true life depiction of Kiranjit Ahluwalia (played by Aishwarya Rai), the Asian woman who overturned the British judicial system and transformed the meaning of “provocation” in the case of physically abused women, winning justice for women subjected to domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. The film, based on Ahluwalia’s autobiography ‘Circle of Light’ by Rahila Gupta, follows her lonely struggle in an abusive 10-year marriage, her retaliation through the murder of her violent husband and the efforts of women activists Southall Black Sisters to bring her justice.

The movie is, for sure, going to turn a huge attention both in England and India. It is true that the movie is not something special for just entertainment rather more associated with a serious matter. I hope that the movie will be something special for English viewers as well.

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