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Widow of Silence

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Widow of Silence
Directed byPraveen Morchhale
Produced byPraveen Morchhale
Screenplay byPraveen Morchhale
StarringAjay Chourey
Shilpi Marwaha
Bilal Ahmad
Noorjahan
Music byShalini Agarwal
Sanal George
Justin Jose
CinematographyMohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Edited byAnthony Joseph
Release date
  • 9 December 2018 (2018-12-09)
Running time
1h 25min
CountryIndia
LanguageUrdu
Kashmiri
BudgetINR 50,00,000 [1]

Widow of Silence is an Indian drama film directed, written and produced by Praveen Morchhale who has been hailed by critics as an important filmmaker of the Indian new wave[2]. The film stars Ajay Chourey, Shilpi Marwaha, Bilal Ahmad, and Noorjahan. It was released on 9 December 2018.

This film premiered at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival on 12 November 2018 after debuting at the Busan International Film Festival in October 2018.[1]

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Aasiya is a young trainee nurse staying in a Kashmiri village with a young daughter and an ailing mother-in-law. Her husband went missing seven years ago, and after numerous futile visits to the police station, she now wants to get on with her own life. For this she desperately needs a death certificate from the local registrar, a corrupt government official who has no qualms about exploiting women who line up outside his office every day. Rebuffed time and again, the registrar tries to force himself on Aasiya while she is on night-duty at the hospital, and gets more than what he bargained for.

Set against the stunning autumn landscape of north Kashmir, the film casts many local non-professional actors who play their own role in real life. For instance, the poetic and cheerful taxi driver, Bilal, drives buses for a living.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Shilpi Marwaha as Aasiya
  • Ajay Chourey as the Registrar
  • Bilal Ahmad the driver, as himself
  • Noorjahan as Aasiya's daughter

Critical response[edit | edit source]

Widow of Silence has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.

Devarshi Ghosh wrote on Scroll.in that "Hope is a running theme in Morchhale’s films". According to her, "In Widow of Silence, Aasiya’s hope leads to a jarring poetic justice. “The end signifies not just the end of the villain but also of the system”".

Reviewing the film for the Asian Movie Pulse (AMP)[3], Joanna KOŃCZAK noted that "Morchhale has undoubtedly brought up important issues and gave the voice to the people of the Valley, dwelling on their suffering and sorrows without a preachy tone and exaggerated melodrama. It is very rare for Indian filmmakers to take on the Kashmiri case in such an emphatic and problem-focused manner." [4]

Belgian distributor MOOOV has picked up Benelux rights from Oration Films to Praveen Morchhale’s Kashmir-set Widow Of Silence. The deal for all rights excluding airlines marks the first for the film.[5]

Awards[edit | edit source]

At the 17th edition of the Indian Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) this film bagged the Grand Jury award for the best feature.[6]

'Widow of Silence' has been selected for screening at the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019 in the Voice section.[7]

At Busan International Film Festival 2018 this film was nominated for the Kim Jiseok Awards. [7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Devarshi Ghosh. "In 'Widow of Silence', a resilient Kashmiri woman looks for her disappeared husband". Scroll. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  2. IFFR (2019-05-27). "'Praveen Morchhale at IFFR'". IFFR. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  3. https://asianmoviepulse.com/
  4. https://asianmoviepulse.com/2019/01/film-review-widow-of-silence-2018-by-praveen-morchhale/
  5. Jeremy Kay. "'Widow Of Silence' finds Belgian buyer for Oration Films". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  6. "Widow of Silence' wins award for Best Feature at LA Film Festival". Business Standard. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Indian film Widow of Silence gets selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019". CinemaExpress. Retrieved 2019-05-27.

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • [1] On Asian Movie Pulse (AMP)
  • [2] DailyHunt - Interview with the Director

Category:English-language Indian films Category:2018 films Category:Indian films Category:Hindi-language films Category:Kashmiri-language films Category:2010s Hindi-language films Category:Kashmir conflict in films Category:Urdu-language films


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