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A mystic love story... between two people of different castes... set in the oldest living city on Earth...

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Credited cast:
Urmila Matondkar ...
Shwetambari
Ashmit Patel ...
Soham
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Gayatri
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Mahendra Nath
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Babaji
Akash Khurana ...
Dr. Gopal Bhattacharya
Arif Zakaria ...
Inspector Satpal Shukla
Javed Khan ...
Gunjan Juari
Rajeev Mishra ...
Mahamaya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chetana Das
Meenal Patel ...
Dadi
Aditi Pratap ...
Anjali
Tara ...
(as Tahra)
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Shwetambri Nath lives a wealthy lifestyle in the holy city of Banaras in India with her mom, Gayetri, and dad, Mahendra. She is now of marriageable age and has a young man, Satpal Shukla, who is also the Police Inspector in the area, who would like to marry her. But Shwetambri is attracted to an orphan, Soham, of a lower caste who lives with a woman called Dadi who is a sweeper by profession. Nevertheless, Shwetambri continues to meet with Soham on the pretext of learning music, and introduces him to her parents, who instantly disapprove of him. When Shwetambri refuses to marry anyone else, her parents relent and get her formally engaged to Soham, especially after learning that he may not be of a lower caste but of an unknown caste and has no blood relationship with Dadi. Shortly before the marriage takes place, Shwetambri's life is turned upside down when Satpal informs her that Soham has been killed. In her grief, she loses her mind and becomes a loner. Her dad asks a childhood ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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No matter what you believe... no matter what you have learnt... Setu Creations presents... from the oldest living city on the planet... the truth so powerful... that it will change the course of your life... forever. See more »

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Banaras: A Mystic Love Story  »

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Early in the movie, Babaji changes Soham's name from Sohan (a fairly common name that means "handsome") to Soham. Soham has been called the universal mantra, and translates "I am that". Babaji later teaches Soham from the Upanishads about "Tat tvam asi" ("Thou art that") a major principle of Vedantic Hinduism. See more »

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The "grandmother" tells Soham that Kabir was an orphan found on the banks of Ganges river. In reality, Kabir was found by a water-well in Lahartara, a suburb of Varanasi. See more »

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Revelation! Masterpiece! Classic! A brilliant cameo of life, the city of knowledge, and Infinity!
7 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Has all ingredients of an all-time great movie!

Powerful storyline - Love, Romance, status & clash of social values, joy/sorrow, desire/surrender, success/failure,covetousness, suspense of the who-dun- it, control interference and the fight for freedom, purity/sin, justice retribution/understanding, the dilemma of science (physics) vs metaphysics(spiritual/religious thought), the deep hunger/urge in man for meaning & Verities/"Truth" and ideas of Eternal/Ephemeral existence - in short a cameo of LIFE itself.

"Banaras" even has "action", murder/violence/death which is idiomatically alluded to for each viewer to visualize - or is simply depicted with quiet finality - as in life! I cannot say when I last enjoyed such a totally absorbing masterpiece. I has always wondered if someone would attempt to make a movie that would address all these issues in 2/3 hours. I finally found one that fits the bill!

The portrayal of culture, locale is excellent and authentic. The superb music and lyrics - which run completely true to storyline - mood and message as well as events - both timely and timeless.

Banaras presents even very deep "fantastic" spiritual concepts: such as 1. the expansion/mergence of the human consciousness with super/cosmic consciousness and 2. Love as the bedrock of all existence 3. The guru-disciple relationship which fords life, death and Infinity seamlessly 4. Principles of spiritual crisis and healing 5. The karma - the cause and effect principle (where we sows the result if our actions

  • and create/destroy our joy/life by our actions), 6. Forgiveness -


cessation of "blame" by absolute love/understanding/surrender (despite awareness of the "sinful" actions) 7. Intuitive transmission/reception of thought/ideas in an excellent manner - with seemingly effortless natural ease - which is again as it should be because "Truth is simple".

I saw this once and then had to go back to see it again - because I felt I needed to be a true critic more balanced in my opinion and so must find fault if there is some. I could not fault even the cinematography. The perception of the untouchable - was expressed through the sweeping, the rising of the dust, and the dropping of the broom, all too effectively - the effect was almost viscerally tangible!

The authenticity of portrayal of "supernatural" events with real spiritual experience is also astounding!

A big thank you to the team! Kudos to each performer - for perfect portrayal of each role and to Pankaj and the editors for a very slick presentation.

If Oscars were mine to give - Banaras would surely have had them! May it be the first of many more in its genre - to come from my beloved India!


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