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Banaras

Banaras - A mystic love story tries to explore the complex equation between faith, spirituality and mortal love.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2006 19:32 IST

Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Ashmit Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar
Director: Pankuj Parashar

Banaras - A mystic love story tries to explore the complex equation between faith, spirituality and mortal love.

It's the story of a daughter, Shwetambari (Urmila Matondkar), and the bond she shares with her orthodox rich Brahmin parents, Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar.

A science student at the university, life is a smooth sail for this young girl till she finds love. Things turn chaotic as Shwetambari falls in love with Soham (Ashmit Patel) a music teacher at the university. Soham belongs to the lower caste, is a mystic, and protégé of Babaji (Naseeruddin Shah).

Their unorthodox union creates a uproar in the city of traditions. Though her parents lend a supportive hand, destiny lends a cruel shock to Shwetambari. The devastated girl makes a tough decision and abandons her hometown.

Time flies, and 17 years on Shwetambari, now a teacher of philosophy, is forced to make a choice once again. Does she have the courage to face her tumultuous past? Should she return to meet her dying father? Or continue to live in denial?

Masala Maar ke:
·With the temple town of Varanasi as the backdrop, the film promises to be a visual treat.
· Nasseruddin Shah is reportedly playing a mystical character, with all the answers in the movie. After the affable ghost in Chamatkar, this one will surely be interesting.
·Pankuj has so far rolled out masala potboilers like Chaalbaaz, Himalayaputra and Tumko Na Bhool Payenge. With Banaras…, he hopes to break into the 'different' film genre.
· This one could well be another feather in the cap for leading lady Urmila.