Indira Varma has been called the Queen of Mouths. In her first English movie role, she played the lead role in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, released in India in 1984. Her other films that have been popular in both the British and American markets include: Man on the Moon, Eyes of a Dog, C.R. Jiles, The Perfect Storm, Man on the Fourth Floor, MIB: Men From Camelot, Eat Pray Love, and Valentine Kiss.
Indira Varma has created her own niche in the world of acting. Her two Indira Varma films which were released in the past decade have collectively made more than four hundred million dollars in the international market. Her first English film was the critically acclaimed Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, released in India in 1984. Though this was not her first film to be made in English, it was Indira Varma’s first starring role. This Indian epic tale chronicles the life of a Hindu prince (played by Ashok Kumar) whose quest to wed the Princess of Mysore, played by Indira Varma, becomes obsessed with the notion of unbinding her from her marital bed. Ashok Kumar also does an admirable job as a leading man in this film.
Indira Varma’s second English film that was made in 1984 starred as Nana (Nana Punjabi), a girl from a conservative family who gets married to a wealthy merchant (Nitin Rathore). Though Nana and Nitin are cousins, they manage to transcend their traditional differences and come to terms with the prejudice society had created against them. The film was successful not only financially but also critically. Its story of a love affair between a Hindu girl and an Islamic man goes against convention and is accepted as something interesting by both the characters and the audience.
The third and final installment of Indira Varma’s three-part Kama sutra trilogy, Arundha, was set during the rule of Raja Ravi Verma. Although the setting is India, the story is set in ancient Persia. In this drama, Indira Varma again plays the role of the passionate yet dignified wife of a powerful king. The story focuses on the ways in which the bride’s true feelings for her stepson are suppressed, leading to a disastrous conclusion.
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Home Town||Bath, Somerset|
|Address||London, England, UK|
|College||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London|
|Debut||Film – Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)|
TV – Crucial Tales (1996)
|Best Movies||Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Sixth Happiness (1997), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), and Official Secrets (2019) among others|
As in Kama Sutra, there are both male and female characters in Arundha. However, unlike Kama Sutra, the majority of the dialogue is between the characters belonging to the cast of characters in the tale. These characters include: Genjo, a wealthy merchant from a town called Chittorgarh; his wife Mami who are described as a beautiful, delicate, and cultured lady; and their young son Sharad who happen to be the main character. This novel is filled with rich, vivid, and vivid scenes that take place in and around Indira Varma’s home. It also includes dialogues between the king of Persia, his queen, Genjo, and Mami, as well as between the couple and their son-in-law, Sharad.
Although it is early to evaluate Indira Varma’s contribution to the field of Indian theater, one can say that Arundha has all the ingredients to become a hit TV film. Unlike the past, where directors preferred to cast unknown actresses in prime time shows such as Kamal Amrohi’s Kamal in Baahubali and Neha Akbar’s Ki Ghazab Kahani, the present is all about talent and blockbuster stars. Therefore, it is expected that Indira Varma will be seen in at least six episodes of Baahubali on TV. Arundha has managed to maintain my anticipation for a better Baahubali movie after seeing her performance in this romantic comedy. I’m looking forward to seeing what Indira has in store for us in future!