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BANARAS IN FILM

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WATER (2007)

Deepa Mehta’s film centres on the fraught lives of widows at an ashram. Lisa Ray plays one forced into prostituti­on while Seema Biswas rebels against the oppressive system

LAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG (2007)

Rani Mukerji is the big sister who becomes an escort in Mumbai to help her family back in Varanasi

MASAAN (2015)

Vicky Kaushal and Richa Chadha are grieving souls trying to stay afloat in director Neeraj Ghaywan and writer Varun Grover’s affecting drama

MUKTI BHAWAN (2017)

A father’s last wish is to breathe his last in the holy city. A son reluctantl­y checks him into a hotel where the two now wait for the end

THE LAST COLOR (2019)

Chef Vikas Khanna’s directoria­l debut, adapted from his novel, is about a street child who befriends a widow (Neena Gupta) and a transwoman

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