25 November, 2020


Despite being based on a true story, the film's presentation is overly dramatic and the characters seem too stereotypical

Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Nandita Das, Naveen Andrews, Miranda Richardson, Robbie Coltrane
Directed by Jag Mundhra
Rating: **

Set in London in 1989, Provoked is inspired by the real life story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Rai). Unable to bear her husband’s (Andrews) brutality, she killed him by setting him on fire. Charged with first degree murder, she was sentenced to life imprisonment. With the help of her prison friends and a group of Southall social workers, she filed an appeal and was eventually set free.

I’m not doubting the veracity of all that transpires on screen. But despite being based on a true story, the film’s presentation is overly dramatic and the characters seem too stereotypical. In the beginning, the entire world is shown conspiring against Kiranjit—the detective, mom-in-law, judge or jury. Then as she finds freedom in prison, she suddenly seems to meet all the good souls, specially the cellmate Veronica Scott...



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