Kama Sutra
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Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra

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  • Lawyeraau writes:
    February 14th, 20126:24 amat
    147 of 154 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) –
    (TOP 100 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (DVD)

    This is a lushly lavish, sensuously beautiful film, superlatively directed by Mira Nair, a world class director noted for such other cinematic masterpieces as “Salaam Bombay”, “Mississippi Masala”, and the more recent art house feature, “Monsoon Wedding”. As are her other films, “Kama Sutra” is an intelligent and mesmerizing story, peppered with excellent performances by a stellar cast.

    Set in sixteenth century India, this is the story of Maya (Indira Varma), a servant girl and companion to Tara (Sarita Choudry), a Maharani destined to be Queen to a Raj. Childhood friends, they are to become palace rivals as the fates pit them one against the other, only to have them both become casualties of love. Maya, tired of being treated as a second class citizen and of receiving Tara’s castoff clothing, makes a life defining decision on the eve of Tara’s marriage to Raj Singh (Naveen Andrews). Sensing that the Raj desires her, Maya gives herself to him, later telling Tara that it is she who now has a cast off from Maya.

    After Tara departs with her husband, Maya’s perfidy is revealed to the household by Tara’s hunchbacked brother, who, coveting Maya for himself, had spied upon her and saw her in flagrante delicto with the Raj. Ousted by Tara’s outraged family, Maya leaves to make her way in the world. She comes across a sculptor, Jai Kumar (Ramon Tikarum), of Raj Singh’s royal household and falls in love with him. Unfortunately, timing is everything. By the time Jai realizes that he, too, is in love with her, it is too late, as Maya is now the favorite courtesan of the by now debauched Raj, who is obsessed with her and cannot seem to get her out of his system, much to the dismay of Tara, as well as Jai.

    Trained in the arts of love by the graceful and beautiful Rasa Devi (Rekha), Maya, as a royal courtesan, is a sensuous, beautiful sylph. Tara, now the Queen, is insanely jealous of her husband’s desire for Maya, but must tolerate it, as must Jai, as it is a culturally accepted way of life. Unfortunately, when the Raj discovers that Maya and Jai are still in love, all hell breaks loose, and the piper must be paid.

    This is a wonderful film of a woman’s journey to find herself within culturally imposed constraints. It is a tale of the vicissitudes of life that leave imprints on one’s journey. Told in the context of carnal love and desire, it also tells of a love sublime. This is essentially a woman’s film, sensuous and erotic in its imagery, a veritable sumptuous feast for the senses. While there is some nudity in the film, it is tastefully and beautifully filmed, as well as highly erotic.

    Indira Varma, in what is her screen debut, is sensational as the entrancing Maya, imbuing her with an impishness, as well as with a sinuous and provocative sensuality. Sarita Choudry, of “Mississippi Masala” fame, is excellent as the beautiful and exotic Tara, who appears to be relegated to a life of frigidity and jealousy. Rekha, the well known and exquisitely beautiful Indian actress, is hypnotic as Rasa Devi, teacher of the Kama Sutra. Naveen Andrews gives a good performance as the debauched Raj, and Ramon Tikarum is compelling as the conflicted artist. They both, however, take a backseat to the women in the film.

    Filmed on location in India, this is a film that should be watched for its sheer beauty. Bravo!

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  • Amanda Richards writes:
    February 14th, 20126:26 amat
    49 of 50 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A tale of love about the art of love, December 28, 2004
    Amanda Richards (Georgetown, Guyana) –
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    This review is from: Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (DVD)

    Hotter than “Fire”, but without the same depth of emotion and not much of a story line, Kama Sutra comes over as a beautiful art movie, with magnificent scenery, brilliant color, and maximum use of nature, light and texture. Yes, there are also love scenes that are not for the prudish, and some full frontal female nudity and bare backsides, but in essence it is a story of love and loss and debauchery and death.

    Indira Varma is captivating as the servant girl Maya, portraying her as young, flirtatious and resilient, while at the same time, regal and vulnerable. Her lovely eyes speak volumes, and there are entire scenes that are conveyed without the need for dialogue.

    Sarita Choudhury plays a major supporting role as Tara, the intended bride of Raj Singh (Naveen Andrews). Although a lifelong friend of Maya, she turns on her in a fit of jealousy when the Raj lets his gaze wander to Maya on their very first meeting, and her reaction causes Maya to flee the room in shame.

    Seeking revenge, Maya makes a pre-marital visit to the Raj, and gives herself to him in a performance that he never forgets.

    She however forgets that people who live in transparent tents shouldn’t fool around, and when the night’s events are disclosed by Tara’s humpbacked peeping tom of a brother, whom Maya has rejected outright as a husband, she has no choice but to leave her home as a fallen woman.

    Unlike the popular advertisement however, she is able to get up, and thanks to the artistic skill of a stone carver Jai Kumar (Ramon Tikaram) and the friendship and teaching of Rasa Devi, (Screen legend Rehka) teacher of the Kama Sutra, she finds new confidence and a whole new attitude. She falls for Jai big time, but unfortunately for him, he doesn’t react well to unconditional love and chases her straight into the open arms of Raj Singh as his #1 favorite courtesan.

    Tara is now living the life of the neglected wife of a debauched husband, and has a disastrous wedding night when he calls her another woman’s name. Her unhappiness is aggravated when she discovers Maya lolling off in a hot tub at the palace, and unable to cope with her situation decides on a drastic course of action.

    Raj is by now totally obsessed with Maya, and when he discovers that his stone carver friend and his number one girl have not only rekindled the flames, but are busy fanning them when he’s not around, he goes berserk, and orders the appropriate punishment for Jai.

    To close things off, while Raj has been partying, his kingdom has been falling, and you don’t need a fat lady singing to tell you that it’s over for him.

    Excellent performances by Indira Varma, Sarita Choudhury and Rekha make this movie worthwhile, and the attention to detail by Mira Nair makes for beautiful watching.

    Amanda Richards, December 29, 2004

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  • "zara_azari" writes:
    February 14th, 20126:53 amat
    31 of 35 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    In the best traditions of “1000 and 1 nights”!, June 13, 2000

    This review is from: Kama Sutra [VHS] (VHS Tape)

    This is, indeed, a Tale, a tale for adults… For in the East, it has always been known that adults NEED and enjoy tales no less than any child would.

    This story is about LOVE (of course), true love broken by the society and its “powerful ones”. In this case, the powerful one is a Prince, evil yet very sexy Naveen Andrews (Kip in “The English Patient”). The object of his desire is Maya, who is forced to become courtesan, after some unfortunate events. But, Maya was brought up as a princess…

    Indeed, Maya grew up with the evil Prince’s future wife-to-be, Tara, so it gets very complicated: Prince has beautiful Tara, but he desires beautiful Maya (they are both so beautiful, why not have them both?…Prince manages to do that for quite some time).

    There is another amazingly beautiful woman in this film, whom I enjoyed seeing on screen once again: famous Indian actress, Rasa Devi, playing Rekha– older courtesan and Maya’s mentor, and what a wonderful mentor she is!

    In short, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, is one of the most beautiful and most sensuous films in years. It is entertaining and at the same time philosophical!

    It was nice to see “making love”-scenes, as oppose to random and mostly meaningless sex-scenes that seem to dominate today’s cinema.

    I only regret that there wasn’t more dancing in this film. I also regret over-using the word “beautiful” in my review:)….but, in this case, it is more than appropriate.

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