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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

Cast: Indira Varma, Indira Varma, Sarita Choudhury, more...
Director: Mira Nair, Mira Nair
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Drama, Foreign, India, British Drama, UK, Erotica
Running Time: 114 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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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 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, All Movie Guide

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Almost a good movie by jpurdom July 25, 2011 - 12:07 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
My wife and I are always looking for adult-oriented movies that have a good storyline, steamy scenes, and good acting. This movie was almost there, but in the end left us wanting more. We have seen this title on several lists of erotic movies that are good for couples. I really guess that depends on your definition of erotic. It was rather tame for us. The scenes were very well laid out, with an exotic locale and premise and were very artfully shot. They were just too short! And yes, we had the unrated version. What little there was had a pretty high degree of eroticism though.

In my opinion the acting was very good. The story line was a problem though. Really it was the ending that ruined it here. Obviously I don't want to give anything away, but it really was... lacking. The story builds you up and then just kind of walks away without saying a word. Its very disappointing.

My favorite movie by Hexmedia March 16, 2007 - 11:38 AM PDT
I am not much for sappy love stories - I'm usually the one laughing at my friends who cry during movies, but this story is so beautiful and the costuming, setting, and music, is all so wonderful, it really makes a total package. I am aware that this is an HBO movie, has mediocre acting, and is chock full of stereotypes and exoticism of east Indian culture, but when it comes down to it, such a great love story.

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