Monday, September 2, 2013

Fire



1996 Indian/Canadian Feature

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Ranjit Chowdhry, Kushal Rekhi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Ram Gopal Bajaj
Writer/Director: Deepa Mehta

Synopsis:
Two Hindu women, struggling with loveless arranged marriages, find passion in their lives by finding comfort in each other.

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Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Books: Available



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Awards:
  • L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film (Azmi) and Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Loosely based on Ismat Chugtai's 1941 story Lihaf (The Quilt).
  • One of the first mainstream films in India to explicitly show homosexuality. Its 1998 release in India was met with several extreme protests. 
  • Fire is the first installment of writer/director Deepa Mehta's Elements Trilogy, followed by Earth (1998) and Water (2005).

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