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Provoked

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Aishwarya Rai, Provoked

Provoked

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
113 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/11/07
performer:
Aishwarya Rai, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews
director:
Jag Mundhra
distributor:
Eros
author:
Carl Austin, Rahila Gupta
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai is gorgeous even in prison. She’s there, we’re meant to empathize, as a virtuous Indian wife and mother in London who kills her abusive husband (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews) in Provoked. Based on a true story, this Indian variation on a theme of The Burning Bed emphasizes the psychological freedom the inmate finds behind bars (especially with Miranda Richardson as a plucky cellmate). But director Jag Mundhra doesn’t do enough to clarify that killing, however horrible the man, really isn’t okay, even for beautiful women.