Provoked is based on the real life story of an Indian woman, Kiranjit Ahluwalia who was imprisoned for murdering her abusive husband. Her case marked a change in the British law.
Kiranjit (Aishwarya Rai) is married to Deepak Ahluwalia (Naveen Andrews) who is based in London. Getting married to someone in London was a like a bliss with the added benefits of financial freedom and a secure future.
But destiny had something else in store. Deepak was an alcoholic who got pleasure in physically and mentally torturing Kiranjit. Kiranjit kept bearing his tormentor for quite sometime. Even after having two children Deepak didn?t lessen his atrocities.
Finally the day came when Kiranjit could bear no more. In an act of rage and self defence she was forced to kill Deepak by setting him on fire. She was given a life sentence of imprisonment for her act. With no one to defend her unintended and uneventful act, Kiranjit had no choice but to accept and adjust to the prison life. And it is here that her life takes a turn for good.
She meets a financially sound British woman who happens to be not only her cellmate but who also had a Queen's Counsel as a brother. She narrates her story to her. On hearing her story she files an appeal through her brother. Soon her story reached Southall Black Sisters, a South Asian social workers group. They organized rallies to garner public support for her freedom. This caught the attention of the media and the desired effect was about to take place.
Kiranjit?s case was given the name-Regina v/s Ahluwalia. The case was not easy and was marred by controversies and tussles with both sides having their own defendants. But eventually the justice prevailed in a landmark case in which Kiranjit was set free. The truth prevailed at last and Kiranjit was reunited with her children. She also received an award by the Prime Minister's wife for her crusade against domestic violence.