Analysis Of The Film ' Water ' Essay

1412 Words Jun 6th, 2016 6 Pages
This case study is based on the examination of the film “Water” which was released in 2005. But the film is set in the year 1938 and explores the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. One of the main characters Chuyia, is a seven year old child already married but becomes a widow once her sickly husband dies. By tradition, she is unceremoniously left at a bare and impoverished widows ' ashram to live out the rest of her days in renunciation, beside the Ganges during monsoon season. Where the ashram 's leader Madhumati prostitutes Kalyani, a young and beautiful widow, for household funds. She and Chuyia meets Narayan, a follower of Gandhi and an upper caste citizen, who falls in love with her. Which causes her to struggle with if she should break with tradition and religious teaching to marry him? The ashram 's moral center is Shakuntala, deeply religious but conflicted about her fate. She strives to protect Kalyani and Chuyia as she sees so much of herself in them. Yet amid all this water, is rebirth possible or does tradition drown all? My analysis focuses on the themes of religious traditions, gender and marriage which Water highlights in a very honest light in concern to the widows. Widowhood in India is a state of social death as the women face social deprivation due to strict Hindi religious traditions, gender role inequality, and chauvinistic marriage doctrines.
My first theme is religious traditions which are customs deeply rooted in religion and…

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