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Eros acquires distribution rights for Aishwarya Rai?s 'Provoked'

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MUMBAI: Eros International plc has acquired the distribution rights of Provoked starring Aishwarya Rai for the UK and US, besides the Indian terriority.

Provoked is based on the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who moves to England and marries a man who subjects her to violent physical abuse. In a fit of desperation, she resorts to killing him and is subsequently charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The movie follows her pursuit for justice, according to an official statement.

Kiranjit Ahluwalia?s story has succeeded in transforming the British judicial system and the meaning of 'provocation' has since been redefined in the case of physically abused women. The story has been so influential that a book was published on her life called 'Circle of Light', by Rahila Gupta.

Directed by Jag Mundhra Provoked also stars Miranda Richardson (The Hours, Phantom of the Opera, Get Carter), Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter, Ocean?s 12, Golden Eye, The World is Not Enough), Nandita Das (Sandstorm, Fire, Earth), Rebecca Pidgeon (Heist), Deborah Moore (Die Another Day) and Naveen Andrews (Lost, The English Patient, Bride & Prejudice)

The movie was screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival and more recently to Patricia Hewitt, British Culture Minister, informs the statement. Eros will be announcing the release date of the film shortly.

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