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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  28 February 1997 (USA)
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Two girlhood friends become sexual rivals at maturity.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara, the Queen
Rasa Devi, teacher of the Kama Sutra
Khalid Tyabji ...
Arundhati Rao ...
Surabhi Bhansali ...
Young Maya
Garima Dhup ...
Young Tara
Pearl Padamsee ...
Maham Anga
Kusum Haidar ...
Harish Patel ...
Doctor Mani
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Achala Sachdev ...
Rupa (as Achla Sachdev)
Achla Sachdev ...


Tara and Maya are two inseparable friends in India. Their tastes, habits, and hobbies are the same. Years later, the two have matured, but have maintained their friendship. Tara gets married to the local prince, Raj Singh, who soon succeeds the throne as the sole heir. After the marriage, Raj gets bored of Tara and starts seeking another female to satisfy his sexual needs. He notices Maya and is instantly attracted to her. He has her included as one of his courtesans, and is intimate with her. Watch what happens when Tara finds out and the extent she will go to keep her marriage intact. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Passion. Pleasure. Power. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong erotic sequences, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kama Sutra  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 333,148,000 (Italy) (28 February 1997)


$4,109,095 (USA) (27 June 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming in India, government officials made visits to the set and the cast had to improvise fake scenes which avoided the nudity and sexuality that was critical to the plot. See more »


The story of this film is set in the sixteenth century. Young Maya is running through red chili pepper drying in the sun on the palace grounds. Chillies didn't reach Indian cuisine until the seventeenth century. See more »


Raj Singh: There is joy in three things; eating meat, riding meat and putting meat into meat.
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Excellent movie and supreme eye candy...
20 January 2002 | by (Delaware, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I've watched this film over and over again and it just gets better. It's actually based on a book called "Hand-Me-Downs" which you'll understand after you've watched it. As the last person who commented on this stated it's not the "Kama Sutra" you're thinking of. There IS sex, there IS a bit of violence, but don't watch this with the hopes of seeing your average vulgar action and sex film. The women in the film are instructed and shown how to the master the art of Kama Sutra, mind you the ART not the positions. Anyway, the film setting is gorgeous and the acting is superb. You'll recognize Sarita Choudhury as Tara if you've already watched Mississippi Massala. Indira Varma does an excellent job in expressing her revenge, regret, and mystery in Tara's character. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE did an excellent job in this film.

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