Fire (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fire (1996)



Critic Consensus: Fire takes a slow-burning approach to its exploration of illicit love, trading overwhelming heat for a seductive warmth that lingers.

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Movie Info

This Canadian drama takes place in India, where two wives find comfort in each other's arms after finding none from their forced marriages. Jatin and Satin are not happily married, neither is Jatin's brother Asok and his wife Radha. Satin and Radha finally find happiness with each other.


Karishma Jhalani
as Young Radha
Ramanjeet Kaur
as Young Radha's Mother
Dilip Mehta
as Young Radha's Father
Ravinder Happy
as Oily Man in Video Shop
Devyani Saltzman
as Girl in Video Shop
Sunil Chhabra
as Milkman on Bicycle
Vinay Pathak
as Guide at Taj Mahal
Avijit Dutt
as Julie's Father
Shasea Bahadur
as Julie's Brother
Meher Chand
as Goddess Sita
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Sohan Lal
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Amarjit Chand
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Karam Chand
as `Ramayan' Troupe Member
Kabir Chowdhury
as Boy in Video Shop
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Critic Reviews for Fire

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

Strong ensemble playing riffs nicely off [writer and director Deepa] Mehta's taboo- bucking script.

March 29, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the most powerful achievements of Fire is to represent a form of desire which is not an escape, but a political challenge.

March 5, 2002 | Full Review…

Speaks tellingly about individual freedom for women versus social expectations and arranged marriages.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mehta's direction of her unusually intimate film is delicate. The acting is notably good, especially from Azmi.

January 1, 2000

The film has a seductive resonance.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The pieces don't all work perfectly, but the whole is gently affecting.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Fire

The ultimate Mehta for me was the end of the trilogy Water but this was a fine start. Parallels to the later Jihad for Love as lesbianism takes hld in a traditional environment.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Tried over and over, but could not get into this film.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

This is a favorite of mine. I love the plot and admire the characters for their bravery. This film is definitely a remarkable insight into the lives of two beautiful women. A great film!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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