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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

Two girlhood friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

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Cast

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Tara, the Queen
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Rasa Devi, teacher of the Kama Sutra
Khalid Tyabji ...
Arundhati Rao ...
Annabi
Surabhi Bhansali ...
Young Maya
Garima Dhup ...
Young Tara
Pearl Padamsee ...
Maham Anga
Kusum Haidar ...
Dilki
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Doctor Mani
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Babu
Achala Sachdev ...
Rupa (as Achla Sachdev)
Achla Sachdev ...
Rupa
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Storyline

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 »


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

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28 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In order to film in India, the production had to use a fake title "Tara and Maya". Indian authorities would not have permitted the film to be made there had they known its true title and content. See more »

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The bandage on Tara's wrist is missing as she extends her arm to Maya, but it reappears in the close-up of their arms in next sequence. See more »

Quotes

Maya: I loved being with him. I would have done anything just to be with him.
Teacher of the Kama Sutra: What kind of love are you talking about? Real love? If you're looking for real love, you've chosen the hardest task of all, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Maya: But I was ready. I wanted to give myself to him.
Teacher of the Kama Sutra: Love does not mean surrendering, "losing yourself". It is a call to ripen. Don't look for straight lines, Maya. Life is never like that.
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Referenced in American Desi (2001) See more »

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Maya Becomes a Courtesan
Written and Performed by Ustad Vilayat H. Khan
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Good Love Story / Drama
28 January 2002 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

When I rented KAMA SUTRA - A Tale Of Love, I thought my girlfriend would kill me for what the title implied. We were plesantly suprised to find a Love Story / Drama which, yes, has some very sexy scenes in it. Those looking for a movie version of the ancient text will be disapointed with the reasonable use of sexual content. There is an actual storyline here! This film is about true love, and the struggle for that love in the face of adversity. The love triangle, along with enough character development to explain the relationships between the five main characters, speaks of the human condition.

The story takes place "Once upon a time...". The costumes and sets are really well done. The cinematography is richly textured, with India as the exotic backdrop, and you are transported back into time... and into the lovers' experience.

This movie can take you through a full range of emotions, see it with your significant other, and expect it to effect you for the rest of the night.


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