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With the haunting adolescent drama Vanaja, Indian writer-director Rajnesh Domalpalli rewrites the oft-told tale of a young girl's journey into womanhood, by filtering its parameters through an indigenous Indian cultural lens and the concept of the caste system. The picture's title character is a fifteen-year-old girl living and coming of age in a seaside village in India. Vanaja's heart longs to enter the household of Rama Devi, under whose tutelage she can master the South Indian narrative dance of kuchipudi - a ritual practiced by temple dancers and prostitutes. Rama Devi accepts Vanaja as a protege, but trouble brews when the matron's son, Shekhar (Karan Singh), enters the home and casts his eyes on the new pupil - trouble that threatens to rob Vanaja of her new position within Rama Devi's house and her honor in the eyes of the village, while forever stealing her innocence. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:August 31, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Milton Kam Best Cinematography 2007 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Rajnesh Domalpalli Best First Feature 2007 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Rajnesh Domalpalli Best First Feature 2007 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Latha R. Domalapalli Best First Feature 2007 Nominee

Crew

Rajnesh Domalpalli
Director
Latha R. Domalapalli
Producer
Rajnesh Domalpalli
Screenwriter
Milton Kam
Cinematographer
Indira Amperiani
Composer (Music Score)
Rajnesh Domalpalli
Editor
Robert Q. Lovett
Editor
Babu Rao Murugula
Production Designer
Sati Devi Tacchota
Production Designer
Brahmam Atigadda
Production Designer
Nagulu Busigampala
Production Designer
Krishna Bolagani
Production Designer
Krishna Garlapati
Production Designer
Andrew Lund
Executive Producer
Sati Devi Tacchota
Costume Designer
Brahmam Atigadda
Costume Designer
Murali
Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Greenhaw
Sound/Sound Designer
Sarju Patel
Line Producer
Vijay Santosh
Line Producer
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