Provoked - Notepad

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Kiranjit Ahluwalia - the lady who fought with destiny and resigned to it at the same time. One of those stories that get lost in the plethora of injustices in the world. A story that desperately needs to be told. Alas, it loses out in execution - despite Aishwarya’s sensitive portrayal of the lady who was wronged. As usual she looks stunning (without makeup at that!).



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Plot Summary

Kiranjit Ahluwalia a woman ill-treated by her husband, snaps after 10 years of marriage. She takes the ultimate step to liberate herself. The story is then about how she finds support at the most unlikely places when she was not willing to help herself.

What Worked

  • In the first few scenes, Aishwarya Rai's eyes are the most expressive of what she is feeling. The cameraman aptly focuses on her eyes a couple of times

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • A police officer picks a picture frame at the crime scene without gloves on. Forensics, anyone? This becomes more than a nitty-gritty because it is later claimed that the frame had Kiranjit's finger prints on them.
  • The drama around the surrender of the mangalsutra. It was a bit out of place considering she had just killed her husband.
  • It looked like the couple did share a few happy moments together. Then why does Kiranjit say, "10 years of marriage, not one night of happiness?"
  • No wonder Kiranjit found her freedom in the prison. Look at the life-time supply of make-up that the inmates got.
  • They mention Kiranjit wanting to pursue her education and her husband's willingness. That is left at that. There was no mention of why she did not continue with her studies thereafter.
  • Kiranjit's lawyer submits a letter written by Kiranjeet to her husband as evidence when her husband was staying with his mother. How does the lawyer get hold of this letter when the mother was clearly not helping Kiranjeet?


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • In the interrogation room, the police officer records the time as 10.30 when the clock shows 10.39. And minutes later he records the interrogation as halted at 10.39 when the clock is again 10.39!!
  • Kiranjit is shown to ask about her husband on the day of her wedding. What was the point? If they wanted to show that the couple did not know each other, there were so many other ways to bring that about.
  • It was just weird - the way Ronnie who couldn't be bothered to comb her hair, would get her nail-paint changed every time inside a prison.
  • Did they really allow cameras inside a prison? Radha was clicking away when she takes Kiranjit's kids to visit her.
  • Didn't children need car seats in London in 1989?
  • The beer bottles placed as show pieces in the constable's house - too obvious a way to put across that he is a drunkard.