Water is a Deepa Mehta Movie, it was produced by David Hamilton with screenplay by Anurag Kashyap,The stars Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, and Sarala Kariyawasam in the lead role and Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Waheeda Rehman, Raghuvir Yadav, and Vinay Pathak in supporting roles.
It was released on 9 September 2005, Deep Mehta won several Awards like Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Online Oslo Film From the South Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and many more and the movie also won four Canadian screen Award including Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best original score.
Music were composed by A.R Rehman and Background music was composed by Mychael Danna and Lyrics by Sukhwinder Singh and Raqeeb Alam.
The story was based on ancient times where child marriage was common and widow had a diminished position in a society, where a widow had three choices, first choice she could join her husband on his funeral pyre, second she could marry his younger brother and third one is she could go into an Ashram (refuge) with other widows and live a life of self-denial to atone for the sin of having lost her husband..
Chuyia (Sarala) is eight year widow girl she hardly remembers getting married, The Ashram was a poor place, and there was the woman who are of all ages. Initially Chuyia was treated well. Afterwards things changes, the focus shifts to Kalyani (Lisa Ray) a beautiful young widow who forced into prostitution as a teenager to support the ashram. Narayan (John Abraham) a supporter of Gandhi. It was the story of woman who is not only trying to keep her faith but also understand it. And a man who is looking for change in a world stagnation and traditionalism
Kalyani, was as beautiful with lovely hair and a tender companion to young Chuyia, Seema Biswas as Shakuntula – the protective, courageous, John Abraham as Narayan, the charming young man returning to the village after his law exam and the follower of Mahatma Gandhi.