Unable to bear the brutality and repeated rapes by her alcoholic husband,
a battered Punjabi housewife and mother of two, Kiranjeet Ahluwalia
(Aishwarya Rai) sets fire to her abusive husband, Deepak Ahluwalia (Naveen
Andrews) and kills him unintentionally.
Charged with first-degree murder
she is sentenced to life imprisonment where she befriends her cell mate, a
wealthy white woman named Veronica Scott (Miranda Richardson), from whom
she learns English. Her cell mate is so moved by her story that she asks
her step-brother, Edward Foster (Robbie Coltrane), a highly respected
queen's counsel to file her appeal.
Her case comes to the notice of a
group of south Asian social worker running an under funded organization
called the "Southall Black Sisters". They bring her plight to the
attention of the media by organizing rallies to gather public support for
She is ultimately freed by the judicial system in a landmark
case called "Regina vs. Ahluwali", that redefined the word PROVOCATION in
the case of a battered woman.
She was reunited with her children and was
subsequently given an award by the Prime Minister's wife for her crusade
against domestic violence
A British based English film directed by Jag Mundhra. It
stars Aishwarya Rai, Naveen Andrews, Miranda Richardson, Robbie Coltrane,
Nandita Das and Steve McFadden in pivotal roles.
The film's score and
soundtrack has been composed by A.R. Rahman. Cinematography for the film
is being handled by world renowned cinematographer, Madhu Ambat. The movie
tells the harrowing tale of a lady named Kiranjeet Ahluwalia who gets
abused often by her husband.