The Desire

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The Desire-Journey of a Woman
Theatrical release poster
Directed by R. Sarath
Produced by Mrs.Sunandashetty
Written by R. Sarath
Amitabh Varma
Starring Shilpa Shetty
Xia Yu
Jaya Prada
Anupam Kher
Sheetal Menon
Nakul Vaid
Sachin Khedekar
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Cinematography Sajjan Kalathil
Edited by Beena paul
Distributed by C-9 Motion Pictures
Indish Creations
Release date(s) TBA
Country India
Language English

The Desire-Journey of a Woman is an upcoming Indo-Chinese feature film, directed by R. Sarath. Starring Shilpa Shetty in lead role, the film also stars Chinese actor Xia Yu along with Indian actors and actresses as Jaya Prada, Anupam Kher, Sheetal Menon and Sachin Khedekar. The film's shooting started in January 2009, is currently in its production stage and was expected for a public release in mid-2009 but not released due to some production problems.[1] The movie has been shot in Kerala, Ahmedabad, Nasik, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Malaysia.[2]

The Desire is a film about "dance, music, art, culture and emotions". It tells the journey of an Indian classical dancer, Goutami, and the love story between her and a Chinese artist, Jai Leang, whom she meets during a travel assignment.



  • Producer: SunandaShetty
  • Director: R. Sarath
  • Screenplay: R. Sarath
  • Story: R. Sarath
  • Dialogues: Amitabh Varma
  • 'Cinematography: Sajjan Kalathil
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  • Music: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (background score), Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (soundtrack)
  • production Head-shashi dubey
  • Costume Designer: Neeta Lulla



A. R. Rahman was approached to compose the music for the film but he opted out citing busy schedules.[4] The soundtrack is scored by the acclaimed composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, whilst the background score is composed by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.[5] To give an Orissi touch to the film, a devotional song of Lord Jagannath, an integral part of the dance form, will be sung during the dance.The film has two classical songs, a Sanskrit sloka by eminent Poet Pdt.Manmohan Acharya and an Oriya song taken from Padyaballi, written by Gopalkrushna Patnaik.


  • Best Narrative Feature Film at the 2011 Geneva International Film festival.[2]


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