Vara: A Blessing

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Directed by Khyentse Norbu
Produced by Nanette Nelms
Screenplay by Khyentse Norbu
Based on Rakta Aar Kanna (Blood and Tears) 
by Sunil Gangopadhyay
Music by Nitin Sawhney
Cinematography Bradford Young
Edited by William Chang
Release dates
  • October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) (Busan International Film Festival)
  • 2013 (USA)
Running time 96 min.
Country USA
Language English

Vara: A Blessing is a 2013 English drama film directed by Khyentse Norbu. This is first English language feature film by Bhutanese film director, after The Cup (1999) and Travellers and Magicians (2003).[1] Based on a Bengali short story Rakta Aar Kanna (Blood and Tears) by Sunil Gangopadhyay,[2] about the daughter of a devadasi, who falls in love with a Muslim sculptor.[1] The film stars Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Mohamed Adamaly and Rohit Raj in lead roles. It was the opening film of 2013 Busan International Film Festival, where it received good reviews.[2][3]


  • Shahana Goswami as Lila
  • Devesh Ranjan as Shyam
  • Mohamed Adamaly as Ali
  • Rohit Raj as Subha
  • Ruvin De Silva as Raju
  • Yashodha Suriyapperuma as Basu
  • Swaroopa Ghosh as Jyoti
  • Geeta Chandran as Vinata
  • Kushan Weerasuriya as Vikram
  • Dhanushka Nilaweera as Rajindar
  • Pankaj Pawan as Prakash


  1. ^ a b "‘Vara: A Blessing’ Review: Khyentse Norbu’s Tale of Forbidden Love". Variety. Oct 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ a b Tsui, Clarence (10/3/2013). "Vara: A Blessing: Busan Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-10-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Vara: A Blessing Reviews". Screen Daily. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

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