|The Desire: A Journey of a Woman|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||R. Sarath|
|Produced by||Sunanda Shetty|
|Written by||R. Sarath
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
|Edited by||Beena Paul|
|Distributed by||C-9 Motion Pictures
|Release dates||2010 (film festivals)
|Running time||96 minutes|
The Desire: A Journey of a Woman is a 2010 Indo-Chinese feature film, directed by R. Sarath. Starring Shilpa Shetty in the lead role, the film also stars Chinese actor Xia Yu along with Indian actors and actresses Jaya Prada, Anupam Kher, Sheetal Menon and Sachin Khedekar. The film began shooting in January 2009 and was expected for a public release in mid-2009 but was not released due to production problems, including the original producer leaving midway through shooting, only to be replaced by Shetty's mother, Sunanda. It was subsequently screened at film festivals worldwide and set for release in India and China in August 2012, but was still listed as forthcoming as late as September 2012. Nothing further has been released about the film since late 2012. The movie was shot in Kerala, Ahmedabad, Nasik, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Malaysia.
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.
- Shilpa Shetty as Goutami
- Xia Yu as Jai Leang
- Jaya Prada as Goutami's mother
- Anupam Kher
- Sheetal Menon
- Nakul Vaid
- Vikram Gokhale
- Asif Sheikh
- Vinayak Vinod as Musui
- Producer: Sunanda Shetty
- Director: R. Sarath
- Screenplay: R. Sarath
- Story: R. Sarath
- Dialogue: Amitabh Varma
- Cinematography: Sajjan Kalathil
- Music: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (background score), Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (soundtrack)
- Head of production: Shashi Dubey
- Costume designer: Neeta Lulla
A. R. Rahman was approached to compose the music for the film but he opted out, citing a busy schedule. The soundtrack was then scored by the acclaimed composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, whilst the background score was composed by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. To give an Orissi touch to the film, a devotional song of Lord Jagannath, an integral part of the dance form, was included 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
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