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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 ... Maham Anga
Kusum Haidar Kusum Haidar ... Dilki
Harish Patel ... Doctor Mani
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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Country:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During filming in India, government officials made visits to the set and the cast had to improvise fake scenes which avoided the nudity and sexuality that was critical to the plot. 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

Raj Singh: Did they not prepare you? Did they tell you never to question your husband?
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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 »


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Maya Becomes a Courtesan
Written and Performed by Ustad Vilayat Khan (as Ustad Vilayat H. Khan)
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Excellent movie and supreme eye candy...
20 January 2002 | by LauraPalmerthemuffinSee all my reviews

I've watched this film over and over again and it just gets better. It's actually based on a book called "Hand-Me-Downs" which you'll understand after you've watched it. As the last person who commented on this stated it's not the "Kama Sutra" you're thinking of. There IS sex, there IS a bit of violence, but don't watch this with the hopes of seeing your average vulgar action and sex film. The women in the film are instructed and shown how to the master the art of Kama Sutra, mind you the ART not the positions. Anyway, the film setting is gorgeous and the acting is superb. You'll recognize Sarita Choudhury as Tara if you've already watched Mississippi Massala. Indira Varma does an excellent job in expressing her revenge, regret, and mystery in Tara's character. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE did an excellent job in this film.


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