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Banaras (2006)

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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 ...
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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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On 2 March 2006, a five-hour long puja (prayer) was performed for the success of the film. The puja was conducted by 16 Pundits, and occurred on the banks of the River Ganges at the holy Dasashwamedh Ghat. It was attended by the film's producer and writer L.C. Singh and director Pankaj Parashar. The next day, another puja was performed inside the Vishwanath Temple. 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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Only 8 because of choppy editing at places
9 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

But otherwise what a wonderful film. Obviously a low budget film with low production values but these were not required in the film. Purely dependent of performances and the beauty of Hindu or Indian spiritualism, a totally spellbinding film.

Naseer ji were exceptionally good, although for him it was probably and easy task as he is so talented. Urmilla again proved that she is not just all beauty. She can act for sure. She proved this in Pinjar for me and again in this film.

Even Ashmit acted very well.

The music was just heavenly. I found myself, at many times, with tears in my eyes. Mainly because of the spiritualist inner feelings that i was having.

Indian cinema need more such films. This film was totally and totally Indian in ever aspect. The only bad thing in the movie was the choppy editing at places but I am sure they had their reasons for it.

On the whole, a wonderful concept of a film!! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!


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