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Contentious nominee ‘Water’ to play in India

Oscar-nominated Canadian movie “Water” will be shown in India this spring, seven years after angry Hindu nationalists stormed the sets, forcing its Indian-born director to stop filming.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Oscar-nominated Canadian movie “Water” will be shown in India this spring, seven years after angry Hindu nationalists stormed the sets, forcing its Indian-born director to stop filming.

This time, promoters say, they don’t foresee any trouble.

Distributor Sanjay Bhutiani said “Water” will open across the country in March.

Protests by Hindu nationalists, who alleged the film was anti-Hindu, forced Canadian-based director Deepa Mehta to suspend shooting in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi in 2000. She resumed filming in Sri Lanka four years later.

“The film is not negative, and it is based in the 1930s,” said Bhutiani, business director of B.R. Films, which will distribute the movie in India. “There is nothing controversial in the film, and I don’t see the trouble last time repeating itself.”

“Water,” shot mainly in the Hindi language, centers on a home where widows were sent by their families to live in social exile.

Bhutiani attributed the movie’s late release in India to a delay in completing distribution contracts. “We need a month to market the movie and launch the music, since music is a big part of any film release in India,” he said.

“Water” is a nominee in the foreign-language film category.

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.