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Fire (1996)

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This Canadian drama takes place in India, where two wives find comfort in each other's arms after finding none from their forced marriages. Jatin and Satin are not happily married, neither is Jatin's brother Asok and his wife Radha. Satin and Radha finally find happiness with each other.

Cast

Karishma Jhalani
as Young Radha
Ramanjeet Kaur
as Young Radha's Mother
Dilip Mehta
as Young Radha's Father
Ravinder Happy
as Oily Man in Video Shop
Devyani Saltzman
as Girl in Video Shop
Sunil Chhabra
as Milkman on Bicycle
Vinay Pathak
as Guide at Taj Mahal
Avijit Dutt
as Julie's Father
Shasea Bahadur
as Julie's Brother
Meher Chand
as Goddess Sita
Puran
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Sohan Lal
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Meher
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Amarjit Chand
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Karam Chand
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Kabir Chowdhury
as Boy in Video Shop
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Critic Reviews for Fire

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

Speaks tellingly about individual freedom for women versus social expectations and arranged marriages.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Mehta's direction of her unusually intimate film is delicate. The acting is notably good, especially from Azmi.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Mehta's larger goal -- demystifying India -- is powerfully, unsettlingly realized.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

The pieces don't all work perfectly, but the whole is gently affecting.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

The film has a seductive resonance.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Fire may be a film, but its story of frustrated desires, love-starved women and the stifling bonds of tradition makes it resemble one of those fat best-selling novels that can fill a summer day at the beach with hours of undemanding pleasure.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Fire

The ultimate Mehta for me was the end of the trilogy Water but this was a fine start. Parallels to the later Jihad for Love as lesbianism takes hld in a traditional environment.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Tried over and over, but could not get into this film.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

This is a favorite of mine. I love the plot and admire the characters for their bravery. This film is definitely a remarkable insight into the lives of two beautiful women. A great film!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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