Shwetambari, the bright young daughter of rich Brahmin parents studies science at the local university in Banaras. Soham a low caste mystic and a protégé of Babaji, teaches music at the University. When the two fall in love, hell breaks loose in Banaras. The orthodox and conservatives surface to the fore, threatening to take away everything form the young lovers. When her powerful parents try to ignore the social strictures for the happiness of their daughter, the dark forces and destiny take complete control. A shattered Shwetambari makes a choice. She decides to abandon the very city she loves the most. In despair hopelessness she turns inwards to look for answers. 17 years later, Shwetambari, now a world teacher in philosophy and religion, is confronted with a final choice -- a choice whether to return to Banaras to meet her dying father or to continue to deny all attachments. Will she decide to go back to Banaras? And if she does, would the sleeping demons and the dark secrets lying underneath like a dormant volcano erupt once again and destroy her peace of mind for ever?
Official Site: www.banarasthefilm.com
Director: Pankaj Parashar
Writer: Javed Siddiqui and L.C. Singh
Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Naseeruddin Shah, Ashmit Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Akash Khurana, Javed Khan and Arif Zakaria
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