• Provoked (2007)


Release Date: May 11th, 2007

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

After enduring years of abuse from her husband, Deepak (Naveen Andrews), Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai) tries to end her torment by incinerating him while he sleeps. When Deepak dies from his injuries, Kiranjit gets a life sentence in a British prison. There, she befriends her cellmate, Ronnie (Miranda Richardson), who asks her stepbrother (Robbie Coltrane) to take up Kiranjit's appeal in the hope that some real justice can be found.

Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Nandita Das, Rebecca Pidgeon, Robbie Coltrane, Steve McFadden, Nicholas Irons

Director: Jag Mundhra

Genres: Drama

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    Rai's acting is frustratingly passive in Provoked, and the script is laced with prison and courtroom cliches. But the movie gets most of the facts straight and the flashbacks to the wife's abuse are harrowing. show more

  • 50
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    There's an interesting movie in here, too, about the isolation of Indian brides brought to a new country by strange new husbands and mistreated, but Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface to go there. show more

  • 75
    Ken FoxTV Guide Magazine

    For all the gushy feelings, the plight of women like Kiranjit, bound not only by domineering, often physically abusive husbands but by racism and oppressive cultural traditions as well, is poignantly portrayed. show more

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