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Agnivarsha: The Fire and the Rain (2002)

Agni Varsha (original title)
This is the story of wronged and misunderstood Arvasu (Milind Soman), a brahman by caste, who has become a performing actor. He loves Nittilai (Sonali Kulkarni), who reciprocates his love, ... See full summary »

Director:

Arjun Sajnani

Writers:

Girish Karnad (play), Anil Mehta (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Shroff ... Paravasu
Kumar Iyengar Kumar Iyengar ... Senior Courtier
Raveena Tandon ... Vishakha
Nagarjuna Akkineni ... Yavakri (as Nagarjuna)
Ashfaq Rauf Ashfaq Rauf ... King
Milind Soman ... Arvasu
Sonali Kulkarni ... Nittilai
Gopal Piplani Gopal Piplani ... Junior Courtier
Prabhu Deva ... Rakshasa (as Prabhudeva)
Tarun Kapoor Tarun Kapoor ... Courtier
Raghuvir Yadav ... Actor Manager (Sutradhar)
Mohan Agashe ... Raibhya
Veena Sajnani Veena Sajnani ... Actor Manager's Wife
Sandeep B.G. Sandeep B.G. ... Vishwa
Zul Vellani Zul Vellani ... Andhaka
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Storyline

This is the story of wronged and misunderstood Arvasu (Milind Soman), a brahman by caste, who has become a performing actor. He loves Nittilai (Sonali Kulkarni), who reciprocates his love, but seeks approval of her father and her village's elders before marrying him. Arvasu's brother is Parvasu (Jackie Shroff) who has been conducting a major prayer ceremony to appease Devraj Indra (Amitabh Bachchan) so that their region may get rain. Arvasu's father is Raibhya (Mohan Agashe), who dislikes both his sons, and wishes that he cremate them before his death. Raibhyu, suspects Vishaka (Raveena Tandon) Parvasu's wife, of having an illicit affair with Yarvaki (Nagarjuna), and detests her. Yavarki loves Vishaka, but left her to worship and pray to Devraj Indra for 10 years, and on his return found her married to Parvasu. Parvasu married Vishaka, lived with her happily for 3 years, before leaving her to conduct the prayer ceremoney for Devraj Indra. On finding that Vishaka has met with Yavarki, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Plot Keywords:

love | rain | lust | See All (3) »

Taglines:

An epic tale of love and sacrifice

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

30 August 2002 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Agnivarsha: The Fire and the Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Hampi, Karnataka, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,049, 1 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,049, 1 September 2002
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Arjun Sajnani knew Amitabh Bachchan from college days, which made it easier for him to convince the man into playing the cameo. See more »

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"The plays the thing, wherein we'll catch the conscience of the King"
24 April 2003 | by hofnarrSee all my reviews

Beginning with a request to stage a play with a cast including that of the outcast Brahmin brother of the high priest after a 7 year drought and ending with said play, Agni Varsha is a splendid Bollywood production where numerous motifs thread in and out of the story, having for me, anyway, a decidedly Shakespearean flavor. Elements of Romeo and Juliet, the thought that "the fault is not in the stars but in ourselves" and other Shakespearean themes perfuse the story(ies). But as Goethe said, "Everything's been thought of before; the trouble is to think of it again." Whether the thoughts first came in Indian literature or Shakespeare is irrelevant.

It's sometimes difficult for me to get into a film when I'm at a low energy level, but this film's energy buoyed me right along. There's nothing like a good Bollywood musical to take your mind of trivial worries of the day:)


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