Perhaps the most critically acclaimed movie to be set in Varanasi was never shot in the city. Deepa Mehta’s Water wonderfully narrated the story of the city’s widows but could never be shot due to fierce protests by the locals.

Eventually Water would be shot in Sri Lanka but with its supreme storytelling and wonderful camerawork (Giles Nuttgens) did a darned good job of capturing the spirit of the city.

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