Vara: A Blessing
Filmfest 2014

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.

tags: Women, Love, Music, Nature, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Feature film

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