Dance Of Love (2005)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Feminist Film  |   Run Time - 130 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Perry Seibert

Set in the 1930s, Sharada Ramanathan's drama Dance of Love stars Aditi Rao Hydari as Madhura, a "devadasi" dancer in a village controlled by Mirasu (Manoj K. Jayan). While the dancers are often called upon for sexual purposes, they are in fact respected members of the community, and Madhura finds a large spiritual component in her dancing. Although she carries on a passionate physical relationship with Mirasu, she refuses to seduce a visiting foreigner. Her choice causes her to live a life shunned from the people she knew, but allows her a level of personal respect others find inspiring.