Provoked 2007

Provoked

Critics Consensus

Provoked's story is worth telling, but the hammy dialogue and heavy-handed direction doesn't give it the refined treatment it deserves.

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After enduring years of abuse from her husband, Deepak (Naveen Andrews), Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai) tries to end her torment by incinerating him while he sleeps. When Deepak dies from his injuries, Kiranjit gets a life sentence in a British prison. There, she befriends her cellmate, Ronnie (Miranda Richardson), who asks her stepbrother (Robbie Coltrane) to take up Kiranjit's appeal in the hope that some real justice can be found.

Cast & Crew

Aishwarya Rai
Kiranjit Ahluwalia
Miranda Richardson
Veronica Scott
Naveen Andrews
Deepak Ahluwalia
Nandita Das
Radha Dalal
Rebecca Pidgeon
Miriam Taylor
Robbie Coltrane
Lord Edward Foster
Steve McFadden
DS Ron Meyers
Nicholas Irons
PC James O'Connell
Raji James
Anil Gupta
Madhu Ambat
Cinematographer
Jag Mundhra
Film Editor
Sanjeev Mirajkar
Film Editor
A.R. Rahman
Original Music
Patricia Rose
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Critic Reviews for Provoked

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (25)

  • The real-life heroes in this story deserve better than a formulaic, poorly shot melodrama.

    May 21, 2007
  • The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff.

    May 18, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director] Mundhra can't control the expansiveness of the melodrama or focus on the terseness of realism. Every character in Provoked, from victims to tyrants, Indian to English, loud to quiet, ends up as a grossly exaggerated comic creation.

    May 18, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.

    May 18, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The true-crime drama Provoked has everything to offer except a cinematic point of view and a knack for depicting human beings under duress. Those are major drawbacks.

    May 17, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Unfortunately, Provoked possesses the tinny production values and schmaltzy music of a prime-time special, despite its ensemble of terrific actors.

    May 17, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Provoked

  • Jul 10, 2011
    A well-picked but badly told story, director Jagmohan Mundhra caricatures practically everything on screen - taking away from the realism that could've made Provoked a great movie, and Aishwarya Rai, indifferent from her character, doesn't help the proceedings.
    Ilyaas H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2010
    This truth had to be told like many others out there which are waiting and happening at second we write/read or hear about those. Great perfomance by Aishu.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2010
    Bollywood movie . Naveen Andrews of Lost is in this so I guess that?s why Ernie let me borrow it (I love my Losties!!) It?s a true story about the Birtish High court case in 1984 of Kiranjit Ahluwalia who?s revenge on her husband lands her in Jail. Naveen plays Deepak an abusive husband that pays dearly for it. Aishwarya Rai plays Kiranjit Ahluwalia, The lovely wife, that after 10 years well just refused to take it anymore. He cheated, drank & of course the abuse. She?s thrown in jail. That when the story really starts. The movie is interesting, occasionally frustration but not the movie itself but you yourself possibly starting to feel how Kiranjit does. (esp if you have ever been bullied or harassed in anyway, I?m sure. Not my usual thing but I did enjoy it in ways. The acting I thought was at least good. If you can find it, I?d say to at least try it. B
  • Jan 06, 2009
    Average real-life based movie, nothing that makes it "A Must Watch".
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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