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Samsara (2001)

A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's ... See full summary »

Director:

Pan Nalin

Writers:

Pan Nalin (story), Pan Nalin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Indian Movies #167 | 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shawn Ku ... Tashi / Husband
Christy Chung ... Pema / Wife
Neelesha Barthel Neelesha Barthel ... Sujata / Migrant farm worker (as Neelesha BaVora)
Lhakpa Tsering Lhakpa Tsering ... Dawa / Local merchant
Tenzin Tashi Tenzin Tashi ... Karma / Tashi and Pema's son
Jamayang Jinpa Jamayang Jinpa ... Sonam / Monk
Sherab Sangey Sherab Sangey ... Apo / Monastery mentor
Kelsang Tashi Kelsang Tashi ... Jamayang / Pema's former fiance
Tsepak Tsangpo Tsepak Tsangpo ... Chen Tulku / Head Lama
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norbu Dolma Norbu Dolma ... Dolma
Sonam Gyatso Sonam Gyatso ... Tenzim
Jampa Kalsang Tamang Jampa Kalsang Tamang ... Wedding Singer
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Storyline

A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's struggle to keep her enlightened love and life in the world. But their destiny turns, twists and comes to a surprise ending... Written by Monsoon Films

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What is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kelly Dorji was offered the lead role but declined. See more »

Goofs

Tashi blows up a stick of wood he is using to light butterlamps. Tibetan people don't blow on flames, since this is regarded as damaging to your health. See more »

Quotes

Apo: [his last letter to Tashi] I realize now that my task is not over, and so I will be returning to Samsara. I know that we shall meet again. Perhaps when we do you will be able to tell me what is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one.
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Crazy Credits

Credits scroll from the top to bottom of the screen. See more »

Connections

Featured in Remember Me, My Love (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bumblebee
Written by Dadon
Lyrics by H.H. 6th Dalai Lama
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Absolutely Exceptional!
2 April 2006 | by poo-sharmaSee all my reviews

I am not a festival buff, to kill the scorching heat I walked into Imax Multiplexes in Mumbai, discovered that there is a festival going on. I read about all the films programmed -one appealed to me the most was SAMSARA. Great luck, show was on in an hour. When I came out of the hall, my heart and mind were blown. I know nothing about this film and where it came from but wow what a discovery! I surfed net to find out more. Second shock came soon after when I discovered that it is made by an Indian Filmmaker based in Paris (and in India). Pan Nalin, never ever heard about him? My mind started wondering we talk about our Blacks and Devadas and Parineeta's and Pahelis -but what about this masterpiece? Isn't it pity that such films were distributed worldwide, millions saw it but no release in India? Is Mr. Ghai, Mr. Chopra are you listening? Indian medias wake up, Samsara is a sign! Here is a film and a director which India should be proud of!

The film is truly an eye opener what India can do to play a vital role in international cinema. So many loud talks about crossovers and here is a whisper called Samsara and that is truly a crossover. I will eagerly wait for Pan Nalin's other films: Ayurveda:Art of Being, Valley of Flowers...


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Country:

India | Germany | France | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

Tibetan | Ladakhi

Release Date:

30 April 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Самсара See more »

Filming Locations:

Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,278,767
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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