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KAMA SUTRA: A TALE OF LOVE

SYNOPSIS:
Set in 16
th century India, Kama Sutra is a story about the many faces of love - passionate, unrequited, obsessive, selfish and eternal. The film is the tale of two girls, Maya and Tara, one a lowly servant girl, the other a noble princess, both raised together as childhood friends and rivals. Tara (Sarita Choudhury) wears fine clothes and jewels and learns the etiquette of the Kama Sutra - the Indian Book of Love - from the famed teacher Rasa Devi (Rekha). Maya (Indira Varma) stays outside the royal circle and must be content with Tara’s cast-offs. Despite her superior status and privilege, Tara is threatened by her beautiful rival Maya’s natural sensuality and grace, and often humiliates her publicly in court. On the eve of Tara’s wedding to the great king Raj Singh (Naveen Andrews), Maya sees a chance for revenge. She slips into Raj Singh’s bedchamber and uses her skills of seduction to tempt him. Maya is subsequently banished from the palace, but later when Tara and Raj Singh consummate their marriage, he can think only of Maya.

Review by Adam Lazar:
Sexual manoeuvres at a palace in old India passes for female empowerment a la 16th century, but the feminist tone gets lost in the hothouse of the melodrama. Audiences – women mostly – will fall under its spell, but the film doesn’t go past the ‘alluring’ sign to ‘sexy’ (except in a short scene or two). The stunning locations at Khajuraho, a central Indian village noted for its erotic temples and Amber, near Jaipur, along with Mark Friedberg’s eye-catching production design, Eduardo Castro’s colourful costumes and Declan Quinn’s handsome cinematography, do give the film an exotic pull. It’s a lush, lavish, luscious, languid … soap opera. But go ahead, lather it up.

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KAMA SUTRA: A TALE OF LOVE
(India)

 

CAST: Indira Varma, Sarita Choudhury, Ramon Tikaram, Naveen Andrews, Devi Rekha

PRODUCER: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair

DIRECTOR: Mira Nair

SCRIPT: Helena Kriel, Mira Nair

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Declan Quinn

EDITOR: Kristina Boden

MUSIC: Mychael Danna

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mark Friedberg

RUNNING TIME: 117 mins

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Globe

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 8, 1997







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