Fire (1998)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 47 mins

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Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother Biji and their manservant Mundu, all living under the same roof. Jatin, at the insistence of Ashok and their mother, Biji, agrees to marry the beautiful Sita in an arranged marriage, although he is actually in love with Julie, a Chinese-Indian. At first glance, you see a happy middle-class family going through the normal paces of everyday life. However, as the layers are slowly peeled back, we find a simmering cauldron of discontent within the family, with almost every family member living a lie. Both marriages in the family turn out to be emotionally empty, without love or passion. While Ashok is an ascetic who has taken a vow of celibacy, Jatin is a handsome ladies' man who is still openly seeing Julie even after his marriage to Sita. Ashok has pledged his total devotion to a religious holy man, a swami, in order to purge his life of worldly desires and temptations. Radha, bound by her sense of duty to her husband, agrees to go along with his wishes. As you can imagine, with both husbands ignoring their spouses' emotional and sexual needs (albeit with reasons that are totally opposite from each other), it is only a matter of time before Radha and Sita look to one another for comfort and to satisfy their own passions. In this environment, it is only natural that Sita and Radha become fast friends, and, in time, much more than that. But their love is not without its share of painful obstacles.
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Cast: Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi

Crew: Deepa Mehta (Director), Giles Nuttgens (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 05 Nov 1998 (India)

Tagline: Beneath the surface lies a burning secret.

Hindi Name: फायर

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Did you know? On its opening day in India, some movie theaters were attacked by Hindu fundamentalists, and the movie was eventually banned for religious insensitivity. The film was banned in Pakistan for the lesbian relationship that the movie plays around. Read More
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as Sita
as Radha
Supporting Actor
as Julie's father
as Young Radha's father
as Jatin
Supporting Actor
as Young Radha
as Guide at Taj Mahal

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Ultra Stereo
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Taglines:
Beneath the surface lies a burning secret.
Trivia:
On its opening day in India, some movie theaters were attacked by Hindu fundamentalists, and the movie was eventually banned for religious insensitivity. The film was banned in Pakistan for the lesbian relationship that the movie plays around.