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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

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50

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 7,970

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Movie Info

In this visually striking saga of one woman's search for personal and sexual freedom in 16th century India, Maya (Indira Varma) is a servant girl who is a handmaid to Tara (Sarita Choudhury), a princess. Maya and Tara have been close friends since childhood, and when Rasa Devi (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

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Helena Kriel, Mira Nair

May 26, 1998

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (12) | DVD (2)

Mira Nair's film fails as a melodrama as well as erotic fantasy; the sexul material had to be toned down due to censorship.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Kama Sutra, while easy to look at, is even easier to laugh at.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It all seemed inane.

January 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Celebrates women's sexuality as a liberating and healing force.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.
December 19, 2009
matertenebraum

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The movie is a competition between best friends Maya and Tara. Tara marries the king and Maya becomes the king's courtesan.
September 14, 2007
Redlats

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The name's deceiving. It has nothing to do with the movie. It's just a love story set during somewhere in the 15th or 16th century India.
February 6, 2013
Mohet Naidu

Super Reviewer

    1. Tara: Maya: Knowing love, I will allow all things to come and go, to be as supple as the wind, and take everything that comes with great courage. As Rasa would say to me, life is right in any case. My heart is as open as the sky.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
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