Provoked (2007)



Critic 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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Inspired by the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, Jag Mundhra's Provoked tells the tale of a battered wife pushed to the ultimate act of defiance. As a nineteen year old girl living in a small Punjab village with her overbearing sisters and their husbands, Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai) aspired to get a college education and see the world. Despite her ambitious plans, however, Kiranjit put her entire future on hold the moment she met handsome family friend Deepak (Naveen Andrews). Later, … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jag Mundhra, Carl Austin, Rahila Gupta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2007
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as Kiranjit Ahluwalia

as Veronica Scott

as Deepak Ahluwalia

as Radha Dalal

as Lord Edward Foster

as Anil Gupta

as Constable James O'Co...

as Ron Meyers
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Critic Reviews for Provoked

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

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

May 21, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The script is melodramatic, and Rai's lead performance is thin stuff.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Provoked rarely ducks below its glossy surface.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
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.

Full Review… | May 17, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Provoked possesses the tinny production values and schmaltzy music of a prime-time special, despite its ensemble of terrific actors.

Full Review… | May 17, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Provoked


Average real-life based movie, nothing that makes it "A Must Watch".

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Super Reviewer


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 Hussain
Ilyaas Hussain

Super Reviewer

The story educates one of the atrocities that can happen to a woman.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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