Vara: A Blessing
In rural India, a young woman named Lila and her mother Vinata, a temple dancer wed to a Hindu god, find themselves on the fringes of society, struggling to make ends meet. Shyam, a low-caste village boy with dreams of becoming a sculptor in the city, asks Lila to model for him. Lila agrees, even though she knows that if they are discovered, both their lives will be in jeopardy. Set against the lush countryside in an Indian village not yet caught up to the modern world, VARA: A BLESSING seamlessly intertwines vivid dreamworlds of Hindu gods, classical Indian dance, and music. A timeless story of love and devotion.
Moving Temple Films
Winner of this year's Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film Award.
Cast: Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Rohit Raj, Pankaj Pawan, Geeta Chandran, Swaroopa Ghosh, Rajah Ganesan
Screenplay: Khyentse Norbu, Original von/ by: Sunil Gangopadhyay
Director of Photography: Bradford Young
Film Editor: William Chang Suk Ping
Composer: Nitin Sawhney
Production Designer: Aradhana Seth
Costume Design: Sujata Sharma
Sound: Tu Duu-Chih
Producer: Nanette Nelms
Production Company: Moving Temple Films
World Sales: HanWay Films
Director: Khyentse Norbu