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MEGHA JAITLY | Issue Dated: April 22, 2007
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GETTING EVE(N)! Women’s emancipation, shattered glass ceilings, anti-reservation tirade are all good but for some, there is still a long way to go before they even try getting out of the striking range of the chauvinistic rascal that they have for a husband. ‘Provoked’ is a searing commentary on the terrible truths of such unhappy alliances.

The time-defying truth of good-over-evil has been an irrevocable success mantra in most movies and Jagmohan Mundhra did not fail to spot the same in the tale of Kiranjit Ahluwalia. A typically docile and submissive Punjabi girl, Kiranjit is played by Aishwarya who is married to the NRI Deepak (Naveen Andrews). Whilst the movie moves back and forth in time, it succinctly brings forth the tribulations of Kiran in flashes. The predictable storyline still manages to make one empathise with Kiran’s strong denial of her husband who cheats, mistreats, tortures and abuses her mentally and sexually for a decade. The audience silently wills Kiranjit to end the decade long trauma that she underwent, killing her husband by setting him on fire one night while he slept.

Bringing out this ugly truth that haunts our society, Provoked makes an honest attempt to fortify the spirits of all such women – the educated and professionally successful lot who still find it hard to stand up for themselves in their personal lives. The protagonist’s path of self discovery and freedom has been intelligently filmed, though the vacillation between the past and the present does take some sting out of the gnawing narrative. Even though the effort is ostensible, Aishwarya has certainly given this coveted role her best. While she deftly pulls off the Punjabi accent, there is Naveen’s menacing act which provokes the right thinking amongst us. Miranda’s endearing portrayal of a fellow inmate and Nandita Das as the energetic NGO head rallying for justice are commendable too. Overall, the movie stands vindicated
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