Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)



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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 … 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


as Jai Kumar

as Raj Singh

as Rasa Devi

as Young Maya

as Young Tara

as Maham Anga

as Doctor Mani

as Madho Singh

as Prem. Siddarth

as Dance Teacher

as Royal Messenger

as Aunt Laila

as Begum Para

as Rich Friend

as Old Woman

as Astrologer
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Critic Reviews for Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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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

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I just couldn't care less about these characters

Arash Xak

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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.

Red Lats

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