Synopsis: Based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 'Trishna' tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. Trishna's tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.
Genre: Drama
Production: IFC Films
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

Can we go off road?

The car is stuck

It's stuck?

Are you working next week?


I'm tired. My feet are killing me

But those boys were gorgeous

Next week I want to get a new sari

No, we only live up the road

Ask him to sit at the front

Don't worry. It'll be ok

He doesn't understand Hindi

His mother is English

Let's go

Has he never learnt Hindi?

Now you're in India you'll learn

I know some Marwari

You know Marwari?

You look very beautiful

I want to say - You are beautiful

Aren't you going to invite me for some tea?

No my father is home

Trishna get me some water!

Who were those boys?

In the taxi

Just tourists from the hotel

Wake up

Wake up. You're going to be late

Come on

Trishna. Wake up


How's it going?

Sort that out

Move it along

Put it there

Put it down here

They are taking their time

Get a move on stop looking at me

Not like that



Do you get a lot of pain?

Relax your hand

Lift it up slightly, that's right


Are you ok?

Forgive me

Don't say that. Get some rest

Stop the car

How far to the airport?

Quite far

Is this Trishna's father's house?



What is it?

Is this Trishna's father's house?


It's for Trishna


Trishna! Trishna!


There's a letter for you!

Where from?

Yes dad?

Here. Read this to me

What's it say?

It is saying

They're offering me a place

at the hotel Samode Bagh in Jaipur

Trishna where's Jaipur?

Jaipur is very far

Every week I will get 2500 rupees

And 500 rupees for the journey

I didn't think the boy would come back

Can you go by yourself?

Live all alone?

It's 2500 rupees a week

Go to school every day! Ok?


Hotel Samode Bagh

My name is Trishna

Where are you?

I'm at the bus station in Jaipur

Stay there and someone will pick you up

Ok. Thank you

At your command, sir

You are most welcome

At your command, sir


Yes mum. It's the same. I'm fine

The world has come alive

And dances with joy

Like my heart

With your help

With you by my side

You make me happy

When you look at me

When you touch me

You make me happy

Hi devshri. How are you?

Do you miss me?


When I was at college

I had so much fun

We would finish lessons

Go to the canteen,

drink some tea, eat some food

Then go and sit in the park

We used to make fun of all the new girls

Don't be scared, it won't hurt

Knock on the door

Say, 'room service'

Then show the menu

This is our dining tent

where we serve breakfast

I'll show you the kitchen

A la carte and the buffet

come from the same kitchen

This is for the buffet


My plaster has come off

Yeah. Really

Who is this for?

It's for you


Put the box over there

Yes. It's good there

Turn the volume down

I wish he loved me

In your dreams

I'd have my own hotel

I could do whatever I want

We would go to Switzerland on holiday

How many children will you have?

I haven't decided yet

Trishna what are you doing? Hurry up

Ok we'll be going now


You take out the inside

Hold it like this

Where are you from?

I'm from Ossian. Have you heard of it?


I don't think anything

can happen staying here

Why are you saying that?

It's not so good here

I have big dreams

Be the manager of a big hotel

I am thinking about moving country

Solid planning

Sir is in the bedroom

This pair will match

How do they look?

It's me Trishna

I'm not sure

I think we are just passing the market

This is my friend Chanchal

Chanchal these are all my friends

from college

Hey guys! I was thinking

it's nearly over here

Should we go out somewhere?

Some parties are long, some are short

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Not to be confused with the classical scholar Michael Winterbottom (academic). Michael Winterbottom (born 29 March 1961) is an English filmmaker. He began his career working in British television before moving into features. Three of his films—Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People—have competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Winterbottom often works with the same actors; many faces can be seen in several of his films, including Shirley Henderson, Paul Popplewell, John Simm, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Raymond Waring and Kieran O'Brien. more…

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