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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

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Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

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Mira Nair
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Indira Varma ... Maya
Sarita Choudhury ... Tara, the Queen
Ramon Tikaram ... Jai Kumar
Naveen Andrews ... Raj Singh
Rekha ... Rasa Devi, teacher of the Kama Sutra
Khalid Tyabji Khalid Tyabji ... Biki
Arundhati Rao Arundhati Rao ... Annabi
Surabhi Bhansali Surabhi Bhansali ... Young Maya
Garima Dhup Garima Dhup ... Young Tara
Pearl Padamsee Pearl Padamsee ... Maham Anga
Kusum Haidar Kusum Haidar ... Dilki
Harish Patel ... Doctor Mani
Ranjit Chowdhry Ranjit Chowdhry ... Babu
Achala Sachdev ... Rupa (as Achla Sachdev)
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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | India | UK | Japan | Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kama Sutra See more »

Filming Locations:

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,499, 2 March 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,109,095, 29 June 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Indian authorities eventually became aware of the content of the film during shooting, the producers and the director were forced to bribe them as "protection money" to avoid prosecution. See more »

Goofs

When teen Tara and Maya were dancing to the music in the sunlight, Maya's blouse under her armpit can be seen wet with sweats, on the next scene the sweat is decreased severely. See more »

Quotes

Maya: [to Jai] You were the one that talked about love all the time. And now it's facing you, and you run from it.
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Alternate Versions

The US R-rated theatrical version was made available on video for some rental chains who do not carry NC-17 rated films. This version is also rarely available through some retailers. See more »


Soundtracks

Ulfat Ki Nai Manzil Ko
Written by Qateel Shifai
Performed by Iqbal Bano
Courtesy of Serengeti Sirocco Ltd.
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2 June 2004 | by astridaSee all my reviews

Its probably hard to take a subject like the Kama Sutra and distill it into a good movie that's not rated X. That being said, this movie does a good job at creating a plot around a tale of forbidden love that is set in an India of ages past.

The staging and art direction are all well done-- and one certainly gets a sense of the opulence of India, simply through the luxuriant costume design that pops up in every scene. Where the movie has problems is that the protagonists are attractive, but not compelling as actors. We feel pity for their plight as part of a caste, but the villains are so equally cardboard that its hard to feel much empathy for anyone in this movie. The other curious aspect of this movie is the ending-- which isn't happy... and seems more a statement on the caste system itself. The feminism of the main character in the final scenes seems quite absurd, but perhaps that is just the nature of this difficult to adapt material.


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