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Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Hindi: कामसूत्र: प्यार की एक कहानी) is a 1996 Indian historical erotic romance film co-written, co-produced, and directed by Mira Nair. It takes its title from the ancient Indian text, the Kama Sutra and serves as a common link between the characters. The film stars Rekha, Indira Varma, and Naveen Andrews. The English-language film was produced by British, German and Japanese studios, and was filmed on-location in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, India.

Plot

Set in 16th century India, this movie depicts the story of two girls who were raised together, though they came from different social classes. Tara (Sarita Choudhury) is an upper-caste princess while Maya (Indira Varma) is her beautiful servant. They are best friends, but an undercurrent of jealousy and resentment is caused by Tara's haughtiness, symbolised by the fact that Maya is given Tara's hand-me-down clothes and never anything new to wear. As the girls approach marriageable age, Tara resents that Maya is a better classical dancer than she is and that her parents and hunchback brother, Prince Bikram (aka "Biki") show affection for her servant.