Hanway Films

Vara: A Blessing


Vara: A Blessing

HanWaY Collection


Khyenste Rinpoche

Shahana Goswami
Swaroopa Ghosh
Mohamed Adamaly

In rural India, a young woman named Lila and her mother Vinata, a temple dancer wed to a Hindu god, find themselves on the fringes of society, struggling to make ends meet. Shyam, a low-caste village boy with dreams of becoming a sculptor in the city, asks Lila to model for him. Lila agrees, even though she knows that if they are discovered, both their lives will be in jeopardy.

Set against the lush countryside in an Indian village not yet caught up to the modern world, Vara: A Blessing seamlessly intertwines vivid dreamworlds of Hindu gods, classical Indian dance, and music. A timeless story of love and devotion from director Khyenste Norbu.

Bhutan, Hong King, Sri Lanka | English | 2013 | 96 min