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banaras

Producer: L.C. Singh/Setu Creations           Director: Pankaj Parashar
Starring: Urmila Matondkar, Naseerudin Shah, Ashmit Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar
Music: Himesh Reshammiya            Lyrics: Sameer

Banaras and its filming was kept under wraps until recently. Urmila is the star of the show with Ashmit Patel leading the male cast and Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar in support, as Urmila’s parents. Shwetambari (Urmila), a high caste woman, falls in love with a low caste music teacher Soham (Ashmit Patel) while studying science at a school in Banaras. Soham is an avid follower of Buddhism and the teachings of his guru Babaji (Naseerudin Shah).

Their young love sparks a riot of outrage in the town of Banaras causing a widespread clash of religion and society uprights. Everyone takes a side and Shwetambari must make a choice. Shwetambari is torn but her parents choose to support her and her love, but later, even they must decide to act promptly. Torn, Shwetambari leaves Banaras and her parents behind. Away, Shwetambari becomes successful and thrives in her career as a philosophy professor. However, she can’t stay away forever and is called back to Banaras by her dying father. Now the turmoil must resurface as Shwetambari must make a life altering decision.

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