Tuesday 16 April 2024
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Widow of Silence

In a conflict ridden Kashmir, a Muslim half-widow, viz a woman whose husband who has disappeared, finds herself, her 11 year old daughter and ill mother-in-law in a crisis when she attempts to get her missing husband’s death certificate from the government. Now she will have to find the strength to come out from an unthinkable and absurd situation. This leads family’s quite life into a mammoth turmoil.

  • Urdu
Production Year
Film Type
Production Countries
  • India
Ajay Chourey, Shilpi Marwaha, Bilal Ahmad, Noor Jahan
Production Company
Barefoot Pictures
Premier Status
Regional premiere

Crew List

Praveen Morchhale
Praveen Morchhale
Praveen Morchhale
DOP / Camera
Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Anthony Joseph
Sanal George, Shalini Agarwal
Production Designer
Nikita Shah

Festivals / Awards

2018: Busan International Film Festival, Kim Ji-Seok Award Competition, Nominated, South Korea
2018: Kolkata International Film Festival , Best Indian Film Competition, Won - Best Indian Film Award, India
2018: International Film Festival of Kerala, International Competition, Nominated, India
2019: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Official Selection, Official Selection, Netherlands
2019: Goteborg International Film Festival, Official Selection, Official Selection, Sweden
2019: International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, Vesoul, International Competition, Critics Award , Nominated, France
2019: Mooov Film Festival, International Competition, Nominated, Belgium


Praveen Morchhale
Praveen Morchhale


Film Critic

Life in heaven and hell

Mehrzad Danesh
Mehrzad Danesh

At first glance, “Widow of Silence” portrays the life of a woman, Aasiya, in the conflict ridden Kashmir where many face struggles of unemployment, livelihood, and occupation, yet are determined to find solutions in peace and silence. The tragic story, however, slowly but surely, enters an absurd situation. Aasiya finds herself, her 11-year-old daughter and sick mother- in-law in a crisis when her husband is picked up by army officers. He never returns, but seven years on, the government is unwilling to declare him dead. She tries to get her missing husband’s death certificate, but the government is not cooperating, as it is with Kashmir’s many half widows – women whose husbands were victims of alleged enforced disappearances during the armed struggle of the 1990s. Aasiya has to deal with dwindling finances and the unwelcome attention of
villagers and a simple employee who drags her to his office and keeps her husband’s death certificate in suspense to reach his malicious intent. The grotesque climax of the movie is when Aasiya is considered dead which leads to termination of her employment and bank account. She eventually takes her final action against the inefficient political and social system.

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