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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)



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This erotic drama tells the lurid tale of betrayal and sexual intrigue to be found within the confines of a great Indian palace during the 16th century. The story centers upon the broken trust between a pair of lifelong friends, a princess and her servant girl.more
Rating: R (nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Mira Nair, Helena Kriel
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 1998


Ramon Tikaram
as Jai Kumar
Naveen Andrews
as Raj Singh
as Rasa Devi
Surabhi Bhansali
as Young Maya
Garima Dhup
as Young Tara
Pearl Padamsee
as Maham Anga
Harish Patel
as Doctor Mani
Anjum Rajabali
as Madho Singh
Anand Kumar
as Prem. Siddarth
Debi Basu
as Dance Teacher
Rahul Vohra
as Royal Messenger
Manize Boga
as Aunt Laila
Sinia Jain
as Begum Para
Urvashi Nair
as Rich Friend
Bhanumathi Rao
as Old Woman
Vasudeo Bhatt
as Astrologer
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Critic Reviews for Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 18, 2002
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | September 11, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love


Its probably hard to take a subject like the Kama Sutra and distill it into a good movie that's not rated X. That being said, this movie does a good job at creating a plot around a tale of forbidden love that is set in an India of ages past.

The staging and art direction are all well done-- and one certainly gets a sense of the opulence of India, simply through the luxuriant costume design that pops up in every scene. Where the movie has problems is that the protagonists are attractive, but not compelling as actors. We feel pity for their plight as part of a caste, but the villains are so equally cardboard that its hard to feel much empathy for anyone in this movie. The other curious aspect of this movie is the ending-- which isn't happy... and seems more a statement on the caste system itself. The feminism of the main character in the final scenes seems quite absurd, but perhaps that is just the nature of this difficult to adapt material.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


I just couldn't care less about these characters

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

The movie is a competition between best friends Maya and Tara. Tara marries the king and Maya becomes the king's courtesan.

Red Lats

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