“Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” is an Indian historical erotic drama film directed by Mira Nair. The film follows the story of two women, Maya (Indira Varma) and Tara (Sarita Choudhury), who grew up together but were separated as adults due to their different social statuses. Maya becomes a courtesan and uses her knowledge of the Kama Sutra to rise in status, while Tara marries the wealthy Raj Singh (Naveen Andrews) and struggles with her own desires.
Review: “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the film's visual beauty and sensual performances, while others criticized its shallow characters and exploitative approach to sexuality. The film was noted for its portrayal of female empowerment and sexuality, as well as its use of traditional Indian art and music to create an authentic atmosphere. However, some critics felt that the film's attempts to address social issues such as class and gender inequality were superficial and ultimately unsatisfying.
Awards: “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” was not widely recognized at major international film festivals or award ceremonies, but it did receive some recognition in India. The film won a National Film Award for Best Art Direction, as well as several awards at the Star Screen Awards and Zee Cine Awards for its music and performances.
|Directed by||Mira Nair|
|Produced by||Caroline Baron
Lydia Dean Pilcher
|Written by||Mira Nair|
|Screenplay by||Mira Nair|
|Story by||Helena Kriel
by Wajida Tabassum
|Starring||Naveen Andrews, Sarita Choudhury, Ramon Tikaram, Rekha, Indira Varma,|
|Music by||Mychael Danna|
|Edited by||Kristina Boden|
|NDF International Pony Canyon Pandora Filmproduktion Channel Four Films Mirabai Films|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures|
|Release date||11 September 1996 (Toronto International Film Festival) 28 February 1997 (United States)|
|Running time||117 minutes|
|Countries||India United Kingdom United States Germany Japan|
|Box office||$8.6 million|