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Aishwarya RaiAishwarya gets praise at 'Provoked' premiere
04th Apr 2007  23.57 IST
By Agencies  


Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai came in for praise for her role in the British film Provoked at the movie's premiere in London.

The film is based on the life of an NRI Kiranjit Ahluwalia who set her husband afire 11 years ago after suffering at his hand for a decade.




Don't miss the movie's slideshow (story in pictures) at Provoked .

"I cried seeing the film as I re-lived every moment of it. I am impressed with Aishwarya's acting of the role of Kiranjit and I am satisfied with the film," said 51-year-old Kiranjit, while sharing the platform with Aishwarya Rai, the director of the film Jagmohan Mundhra and actress Nandita Das , at the Court House Kempenski in London on Tuesday night.

Kiranjit was presented with a cheque for 5,000 pounds and promise of a 1 per cent of the box office returns for her and the South Hall Black Sisters who had campaigned her cause.

Kiranjit made legal history 15 years ago when she was acquitted of murdering her husband.

She hoped that the film would save many other women in Asian community from such violence.

'Provoked' stars Aishwarya as Ms Kiranjit Ahluwalia, alongside the British actors Miranda Richardson, who plays a prison cellmate, and Robbie Coltrane, who plays the barrister who helped Kiranjit with her landmark appeal.

Asked what prompted her to take up the role of Kiranjit, Aishwarya said: "This was the story needed to be told to larger audience. As Kiranjit Ahluwalia herself said it was extremely emotional journey to re-live her life. This is also the reason why the film is being dubbed in several Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil."

Mundhra, the director of the film, said: "Women from all walks of life, all colour, all races and backgrounds can relate to the story. Some have already come up to me saying they watched their own life. Without doubt this will resonate beyond Asian women to women in general."

Kiranjit said: "It is important to raise this issue and film is the best way to do it. There is a moral and this is a real story."

'Provoked' is set for worldwide release on Friday, April 6.



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