Kasthuri: A South Indian Film Star
Kasthuri is a 21-year old film star who lives and works in Madras, the film capital of South India. She has starred in seven films and is about to make her eighth. By following her daily life—rehearsals, fan club appearances, visits with old friends, and shopping trips with her mother—the documentary exposes the paradox between her public and private life. Despite being a successful woman with a glamorous career and exposure to Western culture, Kasthuri does not challenge the traditional values of her culture. She is content to have her parents arrange a suitable marriage to a man of their choosing.
This charming portrait contains excerpts from traditional Indian films.
Association for Asian Studies, 1995
"Valuable addition to films on women in India."
- Susan Wadley, Anthropology, Syracuse University
"Not only looks at the current life and aspirations of this 21-year-old but at the social culture of India as well."
- School Library Journal
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