Fire Movie Review 1996

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Follows the relationship of two sisters-in-law in New Delhi--both stuck in frustrating, loveless marriages--while examining the harsh patriarchal culture of India. Radha (Azmi) is married to Ashok (Kharbanda), a video store clerk who has taken a vow of celibacy under the teachings of a scruffy swami. Sita (Das) is married to Ashok's brother Jatin (Jaaferi), who is openly having an affair with a Chinese Canadian woman. As her frustration grows, the younger Sita acts on her attraction to her sister-in-law and the two begin a lesbian affair, which is taboo in the strict Hindu culture. Dialogue is in "Hinglish," or English with occasional Hindi phrases thrown in. The attitudes portrayed must exist, because the film was banned in India.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 104 minutes.
Originally from Canadian.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, India, Lesbians, Hinduism, Only the Lonely, Sex & Sexuality, Women
Deepa Mehta
Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Kulbashan Kharbanda, Jaaved Jaaferi, Ranjit (Chaudry) Chowdhry, Kushal Rekhi
Giles Nuttgens
Deepa Mehta
A.R. Rahman

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