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Water to open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

After winning accolades at several international film festivals, Deepa Mehta's film wil open at IFFLA beginning from April 19.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 18:14 IST
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After winning accolades at several international film festivals, Deepa Mehta's 'Water' will be the opening film at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles beginning from April 19.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to sitar maestro and renowned composer Ravi Shankar by the IFFLA along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on April 19.

The third film in Deepa Mehta's "trilogy of the elements", after Earth, starring Rahul Khanna, Nandita Das and Aamir Khan, and Fire, starring Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi, Water will premiere at the festival, scheduled to run till April 23 at ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood.

Starring Bollywood actor Seema Biswas (of Bandit Queen fame); Lisa Ray (of Bollywood/Hollywood fame) and current Bollywood teenage heartthrob John Abraham, 'Water' depicts the plight of widows in the 1930s' India, wherein they were often condemned to live in "widow houses" following the death of their husbands.

John Abraham plays an idealistic young man who falls in love with a widow played by Lisa Ray. The film also stars newcomer Sarala as a widow who dares to stand up for herself.

Present at the screening of the film at IFFLA will be the producer Deepa Mehta and its female lead Lisa Ray who will take part in a question and answer session with the audience following the screening.