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Vrindavan widows inspire another film

Unlike Water, Dharan Madrayar's White Rainbow portrays contemporary India.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 11:46 IST

The spotlight is back on the ill treatment of widows in India. While Deepa Mehta's much-hyped Water is set in the 1930s, another movie by an Indian-American film maker is all set for release in India.

Titled White Rainbow, the film by Dharan Madrayar, a management professor in San Diego, opened in theatres in California last month and deals with the issue of abandoned widows.

Water is set in the 1930's and White Rainbow is set in present day India. Both films are about widows. We feel that both the films will compliment each other - a sort of then and now. Our feeling is that the more light shed upon the plight of the widows, the better," says Mandrayar, a nephew of legendary Sivaji Ganesan.
"We plan on releasing the movie in India later this summer," Mandrayar disclosed.

Vrindavan has thousands of temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. For generations, widows have made a pilgrimage to Vrindavan. They are either admonished by the families of their former husbands or are dropped off by relatives that no longer want them. Once there, most of these women are forced to beg for scraps of food and to scratch out a subsistence on the street, he says.

First Published: May 11, 2006 11:46 IST