Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

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Melodramatic and steamy as an East Indian jungle, this erotic historical 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. As they grew, Maya the servant became an extraordinary beauty and this roused the jealousy of Princess Tara. On the eve of Tara's marriage to King Raj Singh, Maya unwittingly bewitches the king with her feminine wiles and she ends up in his bedroom chamber, thereby ruining Tara's wedding night. Enraged, Tara calls Maya a whore and banishes her. While on the road, she encounters Jai, a royal sculptor who sees in her magnificent body, his magnum opus. She falls for him, and though he loves her, he turns away, fearful of the intensity of their bond. Thus spurned, Maya becomes a student of the Kama Sutra (the ancient manual of sexual practices) under the experienced hand of a prominent courtesan. This leads her back to the court of the king -- who remains intent on having Maya as one of his own possessions -- and right into the bosom of tragedy.
Rating:
R (nudity, sex, violence)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Ramon Tikaram
as Jai Kumar
Naveen Andrews
as Raj Singh
Rekha
as Rasa Devi
Arundhati Rao
as Annabi
Surabhi Bhansali
as Young Maya
Garima Dhup
as Young Tara
Pearl Padamsee
as Maham Anga
Harish Patel
as Doctor Mani
Arjun Sajnani
as Bashir
Avijit Dutt
as Vazir
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
Prabeen Singh
as Praveen
Sinia Jain
as Begum Para
Urvashi Nair
as Rich Friend
Bhanumathi Rao
as Old Woman
Vasudeo Bhatt
as Astrologer
Shubha Mudgal
as Singer
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Audience Reviews for Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

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.

Mohet Naidu
Mohet Naidu

Super Reviewer

½

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
Cassandra Maples

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½

I just couldn't care less about these characters

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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