Khamosh Pani/Silent Waters

Ayesha's life revolves around her son Saleem - a gentle, dreamy 18 year old, in love with Zubeida. The story begins in 1979, in a small Pakistani village, under President General Zia-ul-Haq's martial law where Islamic fundamentalism takes a dangerous turn, encouraging young men to train for Jihad. Ayesha and Zubeida watch helplessly as their Saleem becomes radicalised. Events escalate when Sikh pilgrims from India pour into the village. Later, a pilgrim looks for his sister Veero who was abducted in 1947 during the Partition of the Sub-continent. This unravels well-kept secrets that neither Ayesha nor Saleem are prepared to accept.

  • StorySabiha Sumar
  • DirectorSabiha Sumar
  • ScreenplayParomita Vohra
  • CastKirron Kher, Aamir Malik
  • ProductionVidhi Films
  • Co-producersPhillipe Avril, Helge Albers, Claudia Tronnier
  • Duration100 minutes
  • Release Date2003
  • AwardsGolden Leopard for Best Film, Locarno Film Festival , Best Director, Festival Internacional Cine de Mar del Plata, Audience Award, Nantes Film Festival, Best Film, Bollywood and Beyond and 13 other awards worldwide.
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