It appears that while filming for Mistress of Spices in Britain, Aishwarya Rai was approached for and accepted quite a groundbreaking new role. Provoked is to be based on the true-life story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia. Originally from India, Kiranjit was orphaned at 16 and then traveled to marry her husband in London where she then spent years suffering intense torture and abuse at his hands. In quite a reversal of roles, Kiranjit retaliated by throwing petrol on her husband ad then setting him on fire while he slept.
The murder was taken as unprovoked by the courts and Kiranjit was sentenced to life imprisonment. However as the Southall Black Sisters, the Asian women’s group working to protect Asian women in Britain, took-up her cause, Kiranjit was given a retrial and released after having served 3 years and 4 months.
Estimated release: June/July, 2006 (Premiering at Cannes 2006 on May 18th)
Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Naveen Andrews, Nandita Das, Miranda Richardson & Jimi Mistry
Director: Jagmohan Mundra Music: AR Rehman