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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Details

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In this visually striking saga of one woman's search for personal and sexual freedom in 16th century India, Maya ([[Performer~P216322~Indira Varma~indiravarma]]) is a servant girl who is a handmaid to Tara ([[Performer~P12959~Sarita Choudhury~saritachoudhury]]), a princess. Maya and Tara have been close friends since childhood, and when Rasa Devi ([[Performer~P220659~Rekha~rekha]]), an elegant courtesan, is brought in to instruct Tara in the lessons of the Kama Sutra, the handbook of the art of physical love, Maya is allowed to observe. Rasa teaches Tara the Dance of Enticement as a prelude to her upcoming marriage to the King, Raj Singh ([[Performer~P1729~Naveen Andrews~naveenandrews]]), but the beautiful Maya turns out to be the more capable student, and when Raj invites Maya to his bedchamber, he proves to be no match for her seductive powers. Needless to say, Tara is furious when she learns that Maya has stolen Raj's heart, and Maya is banished from the palace. On the road, Maya soon meets a handsome sculptor, Jai Kumar ([[Performer~P216267~Ramon Tikaram~ramontikaram]]), who is entranced by Maya's beauty and sexual prowess; she soon becomes his lover and favorite model. However, King Raj is still obsessed with Maya, and while Tara has won his hand in marriage, he has taken to drowning himself in opium and mindless sex with his mistresses when not trying to win Maya back. Several of the erotic scenes in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love were trimmed so the film could receive an "R" rating for its American theatrical release, but it appeared uncut on home video; the film had to be trimmed more extensively to gain a theatrical release in India, where it was filmed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 28, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Declan Quinn Best Cinematography 1997 Winner

Cast

Indira Varma
as Maya
Sarita Choudhury
as Tara
Ramon Tikaram
as Jai
Naveen Andrews
as Raj Singh, The King
Rekha
as Rasa Devi
Ranjit Chowdhry
as Baboo
Arundhati Rao
as Annabi

Crew

Mira Nair
Director
Mira Nair
Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Producer
Mira Nair
Screenwriter
Helena Kriel
Screenwriter
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Mychael Danna
Songwriter
Kristina Boden
Editor
Mark Friedberg
Production Designer
Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Art Director
Caroline Baron
Co-producer
Michiyo Yoshizaki
Executive Producer
Stephanie Carroll
Set Designer
Eduardo Castro
Costume Designer
Drew Kunin
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Soan
First Assistant Director
Declan Quinn
Camera Operator
Dinaz Stafford
Casting
Susie Figgis
Casting
Tula Goenka
Casting
Uma Da Cunha
Casting
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