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Rated NR · 130 minutes · 2009


This is the legendary tale of Raja Ravi Varma, India's pioneer painter. The film deals with the trajectory of his life and relationship with his muse, Sugandha. Nandana Sen as the muse radiates the passion of Randeep Hooda who plays Raja Ravi Varma.The narrative begins in the middle of action, where an artist is arrested and charged with obscenity, immorality and hurting religious sentiments by painting nudes of Indian mythological characters. He is Raja Ravi Varma. At a temple, he discovers the woman of his artistic imagination and dreams. She is Sugandha - the muse. Her beauty inspires him to create his now-famous paintings such as Saraswati with the Veena and also other nude paintings. Following which, he moves to materialize his seminal vision of freeing his art from the shackles of elite patronage. The conflict in the film emerges from the politics of his artistic vision. "He painted the gods and she paid the price".

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Director: Ketan Mehta
Writer: Sanjeev Dutta and Ketan Mehta
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen, Jim Boeven, Tom Alter, Gaurav Dwivedi, Paresh Rawal, Vipin Sharma, Chirag Vohra, Suhasini Mulay and Rachna Shah

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