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Banaras (2006)

A mystic love story... between two people of different castes... set in the oldest living city on Earth...

Director:

Pankaj Parashar

Writers:

Javed Siddiqui (dialogue), L.C. Singh
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Cast

Credited cast:
Urmila Matondkar ... Shwetambari
Ashmit Patel ... Soham
Dimple Kapadia ... Gayatri
Raj Babbar ... Mahendra Nath
Naseeruddin Shah ... Babaji
Akash Khurana ... Dr. Gopal Bhattacharya
Arif Zakaria ... Inspector Satpal Shukla
Javed Khan ... Gunjan Juari
Rajeev Mishra Rajeev Mishra ... Mahamaya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chetana Das
Meenal Patel Meenal Patel ... Dadi
Aditi Pratap Aditi Pratap ... Anjali
Tara Tara ... (as Tahra)
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Storyline

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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A mystic love story See more »

Genres:

Musical | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Banaras: A Mystic Love Story See more »

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Setu Creations See more »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Spiritual message intact
24 April 2010 | by heresruss2004See all my reviews

At the time of watching this, I wasn't bothering with many films at all. The reason being, it seemed most films were dramatic for the sake of drama, and in the process, they sacrifice the purity of the message. That didn't happen here. The film has a subheading of 'A Mystical Love Story'.. And thats exactly what you get. When I weigh everything up, other comments posted here, my own experience, then I come to this conclusion: I'd say This film achieves what it set out to achieve & The story doesn't falter in its culmination. I felt quite satisfied at the end, and not just tantalized by some over-dramatic cheap thrill with no lasting message.


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