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Agnivarsha: The Fire and the Rain (2002)

Agni Varsha (original title)
This is the story of wronged and misunderstood Arvasu (Milind Soman), a brahman by caste, who has become a performing actor. He loves Nittilai (Sonali Kulkarni), who reciprocates his love, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paravasu
Kumar Iyengar ...
Senior Courtier
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Vishakha
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Yavakri (as Nagarjuna)
Ashfaq Rauf ...
King
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Arvasu
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Nittilai
Gopal Piplani ...
Junior Courtier
Tarun Kapoor ...
Courtier
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Rakshasa (as Prabhudeva)
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Actor Manager (Sutradhar)
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Raibhya
Veena Sajnani ...
Actor Manager's Wife
Sandeep B.G. ...
Vishwa
Zul Vellani ...
Andhaka
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This is the story of wronged and misunderstood Arvasu (Milind Soman), a brahman by caste, who has become a performing actor. He loves Nittilai (Sonali Kulkarni), who reciprocates his love, but seeks approval of her father and her village's elders before marrying him. Arvasu's brother is Parvasu (Jackie Shroff) who has been conducting a major prayer ceremony to appease Devraj Indra (Amitabh Bachchan) so that their region may get rain. Arvasu's father is Raibhya (Mohan Agashe), who dislikes both his sons, and wishes that he cremate them before his death. Raibhyu, suspects Vishaka (Raveena Tandon) Parvasu's wife, of having an illicit affair with Yarvaki (Nagarjuna), and detests her. Yavarki loves Vishaka, but left her to worship and pray to Devraj Indra for 10 years, and on his return found her married to Parvasu. Parvasu married Vishaka, lived with her happily for 3 years, before leaving her to conduct the prayer ceremoney for Devraj Indra. On finding that Vishaka has met with Yavarki, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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An epic tale of love and sacrifice

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30 August 2002 (India)  »

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Agnivarsha: The Fire and the Rain  »

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$25,049 (USA) (30 August 2002)

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$25,049 (USA) (30 August 2002)
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When the movie's promotion started Jackie Shroff said "The tag line of this film says it is an epic of sacrifice. I made the biggest sacrifice: I had to shave off my mustache for the role." See more »

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Excellent Movie raised further by Brilliant Performances
17 September 2003 | by (Mountain View, CA) – See all my reviews

After a long drought comes this film that is not only smart and well crafted, but also different. The film boasts of a good script that is in keeping with the period - Hampi as the background looks gorgeous and the cinematography does it justice. The music is excellent and strangely fits into the narrative of this largely Art film.

Arjun Sajnani, the Director has kept a firm grip on the film and has to be commended for not straying inspite of the complexities of the characters. This could easily have become a film where the Director's introspection of these powerful characters upstages the story - but Arjun Sajnani keeps the story on the tracks.

Finally, the performances are simply brilliant - one has come to expect great performances from Mohan Agasay - but this has to be one of his best. Nagarjuna suprises with his evil role played to perfection. Raveena proves that she has grown as a mature performer and Jackie Shroff has given a restrained performance. Prabhudeva has given an eye-opening performance as the Rakshas.

The real find of the movie is Milind Soman whose sensitive potrayal of Aravasu is really the heart of the story. Soman as an actor is more often than not shackled by his Greek God looks - but in this movie his performance is so perfect that you leave thinking about the naive Aravasu - a helpless innocent. Milind and Sonali Kulkarni carry the movie with their performances as two innocent lovers caught inadvertently in circumstances wrought by basic, destructive human emotions.

This movie is a must-see for cinema lovers. One of those rare Indian mythologicals that refuses to play to the typical category that most mythologicals are slotted into. I thought it did justice to both the play ' Fire and Rain' by Girish Karnad and also to the medium of cinema where it has been adopted.


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