Silent Waters (2004)



Critic Consensus: Set in the late 1970s, Silent Waters is a well-meaning but plodding look at the rise of extremism in Pakistan.

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Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar directs the political drama Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters). Set in a small Pakistani village in 1979, the film follows widowed family matriarch Ayesha (Kirron Kher) as she struggles under the martial law that declares her country a Muslim state. Her teenage son Saleem (Aamir Malik) is encouraged by his wealthy girlfriend Zubeida (Shilpa Shukla) to get a job. However, he ends up hanging out with a bunch of Muslim fundamentalists and causing trouble for the Sikh pilgrims. Meanwhile, Ayesha remembers secrets from her past awakened by the arrival of the Sikh pilgrim Jaswant (Navtej Johar). Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard award at the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival.
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Kiron Kher
as Ayesha
Aamir Malik
as Saleem
Arshad Mahmud
as Mahboob
Shilpa Shukla
as Zubeida
Shazim Ashraf
as Zubair
Fariha Jabeen
as Shabnam
Adnan Shah
as Mazhar
Rehan Sheikh
as Afsaan
Tanveer Ahmad
as Sikh Pilgrim
Zaheer Ahmed
as Tea Boy
Quratul Ain
as Shanno
Abid Ali
as Choudhary
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Critic Reviews for Silent Waters

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

By the time you understand the meaning of its title, Sabiha Sumar's film has delivered an emotional punch.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Even behind the veil, the movie tells us, there is dissent -- cinematic dissent.

February 11, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Silent Waters means well, but falls way short of its mark of enlightening the world to the plight of South Asian women in this period of history. It just isn't believable enough.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The filmmakers provide a well-meaning, well-timed Pakistani portrait.

October 8, 2004
Top Critic

Although taking place 25 years in the past, director-writer Sabiha Sumar's debut feature has relevance in the world as we now know it.

October 8, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Sabiha Sumar's debut feature could scarcely be more relevant to Pakistan's present, or, given this country's history of backing such repressive regimes, to ours.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Silent Waters

Silent Waters had moments when you felt that it was going to become a great film but never reached the greatness you expected. The story of a family torn by the religious extremism Silent Waters is a good film that never became as great as it should have been,

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

Beautiful film that deals with the remnants of the issues of partition. Family secrets are unveiled when Sikh pilgrams arrive in Pakistan and the eldest son goes fundamentalist. Saddening.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Intersting! It dissapoints though by playing it by book (the Qur'an, if you will) too closely; Kiron Kher, however, liberated herself from the mellow plot and absolutely soared!

Keith Fierro
Keith Fierro

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