Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
(R, 1:53:12, Released 1996)
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, Art House & International|
|Release Date:||Sep 11, 1996|
|DVD Release Date:||May 26, 1998|
|Starring:||Indira Varma, Sarita Choudhury, Ramon Tikaram, Naveen Andrews, Rekha, Ranjit Chowdhry, Arundhati Rao|
|Directed by:||Mira Nair|
|Synopsis:||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 to her upcoming marriage to the King, Raj Singh (Naveen Andrews), but the beautiful Maya turns out to be the more capable student, and when Raj invites Maya to his bedchamber, he proves to be no match for her seductive powers. Needless to say, Tara is furious when she learns that Maya has stolen Raj's heart, and Maya is banished from the palace. On the road, Maya soon meets a handsome sculptor, Jai Kumar (Ramon Tikaram), who is entranced by Maya's beauty and sexual prowess; she soon becomes his lover and favorite model. However, King Raj is still obsessed with Maya, and while Tara has won his hand in marriage, he has taken to drowning himself in opium and mindless sex with his mistresses when not trying to win Maya back. Several of the erotic scenes in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love were trimmed so the film could receive an "R" rating for its American theatrical release, but it appeared uncut on home video; the film had to be trimmed more extensively to gain a theatrical release in India, where it was filmed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi|
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December 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.
December 13, 2008
I just couldn't care less about these characters
September 14, 2007
The movie is a competition between best friends Maya and Tara. Tara marries the king and Maya becomes the king's courtesan.
February 6, 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.
July 4, 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)
November 2, 2008
What a love story. This was the best movie that I seen and the tale was beautiful and endearing. Story of Maya who is forever in the shadows of the Princess Tara, from childhood to adults, becomse the object of Tara's newly wedded Prince. After her revenge of seducing he prince, Maya is forced to leave the palace where she befriends the local sculptor where they began a love affair of their own. A beautiful movie and the actors are wonderfully cast in this romantic movie.
December 16, 2007
January 14, 2007
In case you were wondering, NO this is NOT a porno. A beautiful and sensual film.
October 27, 2011
Having never read the Kama Sutra, I don't know if this movie is somehow linked with it, though I wouldn't be surprised if it were. This movie is an outstanding historical film, and it exudes an exotic raw sexuality that is most unusual to encounter in historical dramas. The film's main theme has to do with the difference between love and lust and the morality of both types of human sexuality. And, the message given in the movie seems most sensible, with a final position of valuing each of them, though valuing love more. This is a most unusual point of view to encounter in Western movies, and it was very surprising to encounter in this film, though it was a most refreshing and honest experience of another possible ethic. The scenery and cinematography in this film were stunningly beautiful, and this makes the theme and plot deliciously seductive. After watching the movie you feel as if you have lived a few hours in a historical India. The story doesn't, I think, give any answers to one of humankind's most difficult moral dilemmas, but it does show that ethical choices are best left to the individual, and should not be decided for them. Another question, though only faintly addressed in the film, is what exactly composes an intrusion of power upon this decision. Since the movie is a historical drama, it touches mainly upon the most clear situation only. And, as great films do, it makes the audience partake of both types of human emotion simply by watching.
November 6, 2010
A beautiful story that I wish had a happier ending. At least the rotten king gets what is coming to him in the end.
September 14, 2010
Goodness...Naveen Andrews is in thsi movie. It is all about sex set in 16th century India. Much amusement can be had watching this because it is sexy but doesn't carry the sex to extremes.
September 12, 2010
i luved this movie it passionate and a tale about a gurl who falls in luv and her luver dies by an idiotic king who luvs her but she dont luv him in return
September 5, 2010
Kama Sutra is a beautiful romance set in 16th century India. The movie itself is eye candy, the acting is flawless and the story is engrossing. It is a must see.
August 7, 2010
great movie, of course its hard to understand for someone who does have a different traditional and background.
I would describe Maya and Tara as a very strong woman in a different way because of different situation the way they handle the hardship of their life as female, and of course a weakness of a man which is always a beauty of a woman.
March 20, 2010
A POOR INDIAN GIRL DREAMS OF BEING MORE THAN A SPOILED PRINCESS' COMPANION . NAVEEN ANDREWS (LOST) PLAYS A SPOILED KING WHO CROSSES HER PATH MORE THAN ONCE.
January 20, 2009
This film is breathtakingly erotic and visually stunning. it will rip your heart out and leave you wanting more things from the creators and the cast.
October 12, 2008
The first time I saw this movie I was confused but then Ramon Tikaram and Naveen Andrews character popped up on the screen and now those two are the main reason I keep watching the movie. The colors and location was great.
July 20, 2008
Enchanting movie. The love was formidable. The colorful scenes and the portrayal of 16th century India in its glory was mystifying. The women in this movie are stunning and the lover boy is really..well what do i say...
June 19, 2008
Show Courtisen life of an Indian woman. Very senesous movie. Good story line. Naveen Andrews plays a sort whimpy man. One of his early roles.
January 10, 2008
Ok SO You probably've NEVER seen this...RENT it! Steammy stuff!! Yet GOOD movie. What a weird yet good movie! WATCH IT with someone!
September 4, 2007
A tragic story of two brothers that fall in love the same woman. One love is desperate and the other's is beyond this world. Who will win her eternal love and affection! Its a "must see" !
August 19, 2007
Pretty good- I thought it was going to be all perverted and caligula-ish, but it was actually beautifully filmed and quite sexy.
July 16, 2007
Sexy movie. Its a chick flick but dudes will not mind watching it with their babes once they see its getting her in the mood
June 7, 2007
I really like this movie and Jay kumar can make love to me anytime..... I must admit I have recreated some of the lovemaking scenes with my partner:-)
June 2, 2007
While it SEEMS this is just a low-budget, soft porn film, I assure you it really isn't.
This is a very sad story, with really great actors, wonderful script, the mosyt visually stimulating scnerey and costumes, and a kick-ass soundtrack! Highly recommended!