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Vanaja (Mamatha Bhukya) is the 14 year-old daughter of a poor, low caste fisherman, struggling with dwindling catches and mounting debt. When a sooth-sayer predicts that she will be a great dancer one day, she goes to work in the house of the local landlady, Rama Devi (Urmila Dammannagari), in hopes of learning Kuchipudi dance while earning a keep.
Sexual chemistry is ignited between her and the landlady's son, but the situation suddenly turns ugly when Vanaja s superior intellect pits her against him in a public incident which ultimately humiliates him in front of his mother. Matters escalate, spiraling downwards and she is pitched into a tale of class, family and animus from which there is only one escape.
The characters are so vivid and pictures and colors are quite bright that it doesn't look like a debutante movie.Published 5 months ago by Sathish
Got a defective DVD so was unable to play it on any of 3?DVD players or the two computers I tried. I bought it on the promise in the marketing messages but the product was... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Old Hand at Tech
For those who are taken by rhythms of India, it's daily cares and challenges, and for those who love dance, this movie astounds with a beauty natural and deep. Read morePublished 16 months ago by charles vega
Enjoyed the dance pieces but the acting was subpar and inexperienced. I also didn't appreciate the demeaning portrayal of women and young girls in this movie, as if there was no... Read morePublished 22 months ago by NWSteph83
Wish it was in Hindi, but, thank goodness for english subtitles. Vanaja has it's own flavour. I like it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Syra
The story behind this movie and the movie itself was made by a graduate student at Columbia University as part of his doctoral thesis. Read morePublished 23 months ago by locust
Beautifully taken. The lead character Vanaja is endearing and exasperating all at the same time. Depicts life in rural India as it truly is both charming and difficult for the... Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by kala
I really feel like I've looked through a window at a slice of Indian culture seeing this movie. The dancing is so beautiful, the actors so real.Published on July 7, 2012 by Thomas Crapaud