Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love 1996

Kama Sutra

Critics Consensus

Kama Sutra refreshingly approaches sensuality from a female perspective, but audiences will be turned off by this romance's silly plotting.

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In 16th-century India, Princess Tara (Sarita Choudhury) is raised alongside her maid Maya (Indira Varma). The two best friends turn into enemies when Tara becomes engaged to King Raj Singh (Naveen Andrews). Embittered by Tara's sudden poor treatment of her, Maya sleeps with Raj on his wedding night and is expelled from the palace. With her mastery of sexual technique, Maya continues to entice Raj, who is too distracted by hedonistic pursuits to realize his kingdom is in danger.

Cast & Crew

Sarita Choudhury
Tara, the Queen
Rekha
Rasa Devi, teacher of the Kama Sutra
Mira Nair
Director
Wajida Tabassuh
Writer
Michiyo Yoshizaki
Executive Producer
Mira Nair
Producer
Mychael Danna
Original Music
Declan Quinn
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

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Audience Reviews for Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

  • Feb 06, 2013
    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 N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2009
    It was pretty nice... a bit vulgar but not as crazy as Anti Christ (thats for sure)..
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2009
    This film was the story of two girls who were inseparable at childhood. One was a princess and the other was the daughter of a servant. The servant girl, Maya, was more beautiful and a talented dancer. When Maya's beauty attracts the notice of the King, Maya was driven from her home. But their paths crossed again and this time Maya holds the power. She became involved in a love affair with a handsome sculptor who had ties with the King. There were a lot of sex scenes, but they were tastefully done and expressed the character's emotions.. Full of beautiful pictures and sensuous music, this is a wonderful film that gave a picture of very different way of life, specially for India.There were few scenes of nudity that were erotic and important to the plot. With good-looking women that can keep men interested too. I liked this film, specially because there was no dancing part, as we are used to have in all Indian films. (ridiculous)
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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