Provoked: based on the true story of a British woman, Kiranjit Ahluwalia


This was the official website for the movie, Provoked, based on the true story of a British woman, Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who was jailed in 1989 for killing her violent husband by setting him on fire. The British film was inspired by Ms Ahluwalia's autobiography, in which she describes 10 years of rape and abuse at the hands of her husband.
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Address: Jag Mundhra.
Countries: United Kingdom and India.
Year: 2006. Duration: 113 min.
 Genre: Drama.
Actors: Aishwarya Rai (Kiranjit Ahluwalia), Miranda Richardson (Veronica Scott), Naveen Andrews (Deepak Ahluwalia), Nandita Das (Radha), Rebecca Pidgeon (Miriam), Robbie Coltrane (Edward Foster), Steve McFadden Irons (O'Connell), Raji James (Anil), Deborah Moore (Jackie). Screenplay: Carl Austin and Rahila Gupta; Based on the book "Circle of light" by Rahila Gupta and Kiranjit Ahluwalia.
 Production: Sunanda Murali Manohar. Music: AR Rahman.
 Photography: Madhu Ambat.
Assembly: Jag Mundhra and Sanjeev Mirajkar.
Production Design: Peter Joyce. Costume: Sarah Tapscott.
Released in the United Kingdom: 6 April 2007.
Premiere in Spain: 11 January 2008.



The official trailer of Provoked.


"Provoked" is the true story of a battered wife who fought back, first against her husband and then against the system.
Full of optimism and affection, newlywed Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai) arrives at the doorstep of her new home and life with husband Deepak (Naveen Andrews). She would continue her law studies as her family had promised and the couple would start a family.
The future offered only pain.The drunken Deepak beats her for the first time and shows remorse. He beats her again. It gets easier. 
After 10 years of violence, a dazed Kiranjit can take no more. She resorts to a desperate act that kills Deepak. She is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. 
Incarceration tests the outwardly meek Kiranjit’s toughness at every turn, but the mother of two has suffered worse at home.
She develops an ally in the mischievous Ronnie (Miranda Richardson), who also doled out the ultimate retribution to her abusive spouse.
While Kiranjit acclimates to life behind bars, Radha (Nandita Das), an activist with the Southall Black Sisters, glimpses a tabloid headline about her case and springs into action. A barrister (Rebecca Pidgeon) with limited resources cannot make any headway, igniting greater determination in Radha, who rallies public opinion.
Ronnie is denied parole but she has a secret weapon on the outside to help Kiranjit: Ronnie’s estranged brother-in-law Lord Foster (Robbie Coltrane), an influential legal eagle.
Kiranjit’s appeal gains momentum when Radha persuades a cop to change his knowingly false testimony that Kiranjit was in her right mind the night of the killing.
Arguing passionately before the high court, Lord Foster moves the judge to change the fate of many battered women forever.



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, after a whirlwind romance, Kiranjit and Deepak married and prepared to move into Deepak's home in a quaint suburb of London. Kiranjit's storybook romance would quickly give way to a terrifying reality however when, over the course of the following decade, the loving bride suffered a relentless torrent of emotional and physical abuse of her tyrannical husband. Eventually pushed to her breaking point and desperately fearing for the safety of her children, Kiranjit killed Deepak and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison. Though Kiranjit was at first reluctant to share the details of her harrowing experience, she eventually became convinced that the only way to break the cycle of violence was to share her story with the world. Miranda Richardson, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Robbie Coltrane co-star in a docudrama that encourages viewers to take a closer look at the proliferation of domestic violence.




May 18, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Globe and Mail

 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




May 17, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4

Michael Phillips

Chicago Tribune

 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

Ann Hornaday

Washington Post

 Top Critic

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




Dy M **** June 17, 2014

This film should reach the doors of battered and abused women out there...


Heather M** March 1, 2013

This has a great cast, but it has a pretty slow and forgettable story.


Josi A February 3, 2013

alguem tem esse filme eu quero assistir


Terrie B ***** July 13, 2012

Aish should have won an Oscar for her acting in this one...


Tania C **** December 27, 2011

This is a must see for all women! Ashwariya is absolutely amazing in it!


Juan B **** December 6, 2011

wow what women had to go thru so sad cried couple of time.


Nidhi J *** ½October 2, 2011

A thought provoking well made film based on a true story


 Super Reviewer

Ilyaas H *½July 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.


Sri G. **** April 8, 2011

Excellent screenplay..


Jennifer M *** March 9, 2011

A good movie to watch, though hard to watch at the same time. While society deals with spousal abuse (mental, physical, and sexual) all the time, sometimes we forget that if we don't do something to help, others will suffer the same fate. Aishwarya Rai plays Kiran, a young married Indian woman (in an arranged marriage which is traditional for many Indian cultures even today) who wants nothing but to please her husband and family - again, this movie deals with different cultural aspects and traditions so you must keep an open mind if you're unfamiliar with Eastern cultures. However, her husband's temper rises throughout the years of their marriage, with his blaming her for getting him upset when she confronts him about his cheating and affairs (and drinking later on). After another night of abuse, she snaps and sets her husband on fire. After he dies from his injuries, she is sent to prison for murder. However, prison begins her struggle to freedom. After meeting Ronnie (Miranda Richardson), a mother herself who had a similar married life as Kiran, Kiran learns to find her voice and stand up for all those women who have come before her. She is ultimately freed by the judicial system in a landmark case called "R v Ahluwalia", redefining provocation in cases of battered women in the UK. While there were liberties taken with this 'based on a true story' film (like many other 'true event films', the story stills holds a deep and true meaning that we must stand up for what is right.


Dinesh P ½February 20, 2011

happens to be one of very few movies that I like ARB's performance..!!


Niral G *** ½February 2, 2011

A good message through an above-average performance and plot.

Anirban C *** ½December 28, 2010

gooseflesh :D based on kiranjit s autobiography : in total a nice watch .


**** NaWia

 Super Reviewer

NaWie M July 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.


***** Zainab A July 2, 2010

Suffering in silence is not the way out." It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy (Naveen Andrews), only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.

I can't imagine enduring what she did but her suffering caused her to grow considerably stronger than she thought possible and luckily in her case justice prevailed. In many cases of spousal abuse this is not the case... Aishwarya is captivating! Worth watching especially if you've experienced this type of treatment or know someone who has.