Caminho das Índias

Caminho das Índias (lit: Path to the Indies; English title: India: A Love Story;[1] also known as There, Where the Love Is in Georgia) is a Brazilian telenovela produced by Rede Globo. It ran from 19 January to 11 September 2009, and Telefutura aired an edited Spanish-language version from 5 October 2010 to 25 April 2011.[2][3] Caminho das Índias is a story of contrasts which examines the differences in beliefs and values of the Eastern and Western world.

Caminho das Índias
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Also known asIndia: A Love Story
Created byGlória Perez
Directed byMarcos Schechtman
Theme music composerVishal Bhardwaj
Opening theme"Beedi Jalaile" by Sunidhi Chauhan
Country of originBrazil
Original languagePortuguese language
No. of episodes
  • 203 (original run)
  • 160 (syndication)
Production locationBrazil and India
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time50–80 Minutes
Original networkRede Globo
Picture format
Original release19 January (2009-01-19) –
11 September 2009 (2009-09-11)
Preceded byA Favorita
Followed byViver a Vida
External links

The show starred Juliana Paes and Rodrigo Lombardi as the main protagonists and Letícia Sabatella as the main antagonist. It also starred Tânia Khallil, Débora Bloch, Alexandre Borges and Bruno Gagliasso.

The telenovela was originally screened as six one-hour chapters per week, from Monday to Saturday.[not verified in body] It was one of Brazil's highest-rated programs, often appearing at the top of the daily's ratings released by the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics.[not verified in body] The average audience share for a chapter reached between 36 and 45 million, with each point equivalent to sixty thousand households tuned on Rede Globo in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo.[not verified in body]


The title can be interpreted in two ways: it is Portuguese for "Route to the Indies" (literally) or "India's Way" (figuratively). The story is set during India's transition into a modern democracy, mostly in the period of the 1990s to 2000s, with many prominent flashbacks to the 1950s and 1970s. The story is equally divided between continents, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Rajasthan, India, with some scenes in Dubai. Themes include love, reason, sanity, insanity, and tradition versus modernity. The story highlights the contrasts of values and belief systems in the West and the East, told through families, their friends, and the complex mesh of relationships which connect them.


Reproduction of Ganges River to the telenovela India – A Love Story in scenographic city of Projac.

One of the main plot points is a forbidden love between castes. Maya, a charming call-centre employee in Rajasthan, comes from the Vaishya trader caste. While her parents try to arrange a marriage for her, she falls in love with Bahuan, which she declares to her parents. She does not understand Bahuan's misgivings until learning that he is the orphaned son of Dalit (untouchable) servants who were burned at the stake for accidentally touching their master. They plan a future together while her parents arrange a marriage to Raj Ananda, and Bahuan works toward his career, eventually becoming a partner in a Brazilian company.

Meanwhile, Raj falls in love with Brazilian Duda, who initially fights for Raj's affections but the cultural conflicts exhaust and disillusion her, and she turns away from Raj for a new love. Ravi then falls in love with a Brazilian woman, Camilla. As she tries to adapt to Hindu culture, she provokes conflict in the Ananda family of tradespeople, as Raj's younger sister Shanti aspires to become educated and eschews the traditional roles for women favoured by her mother. Ravi and Camilla eventually marry.



Artistic and general director Marcos Schechtman and director Fred Mayrink traveled to India to write the telenovela's first scenes, which began filming on 1 October 2008 in the cities of Jaipur and Agra. In addition to 40 people from the Brazilian team, the telenovela had partnered with a local producer.[4] The modern architecture of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, also served as filming locations for the show at the end of October.[year needed][citation needed]

Sets and art directionEdit

In order to recreate the environment for the story, three-city sets were constructed at the Globo TV Studios Complex in Rio de Janeiro, totalling 11,500 square metres (123,785 sq ft). One of these sets imitates the typical architecture of the Lapa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while the other two attempt to recreate features of the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Indian culture and architecture are represented in the telenovela (top). Cléo Pires wearing a sari (bottom).

Using the cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai as references, the art director built 42 shops and a temple of Shiva, in addition to the street façade for a movie theater, and terracota-colored households of the four main Indian families of the story. One of the margins of the Ganges was also reproduced, through an artificial lake built near the entrance of the studio complex.

The art production team, led by Mario Monteiro, attempted to reproduce an Indian universe on camera. The Indian core of the telenovela received a very colorful ambiance, with Hindi inscriptions, in comparison to the clean aesthetics of the Brazilian scenarios. The sets were dressed with Indian items which were purchased or reproduced, and vehicles used in India were built by the team to fill the street of the artificial city.

The wardrobe was also carefully studied by Emilia Duncan. Women's traditional clothes, such as the sari were recreated, although with a bit of poetic license, thus bringing some clothing usually used in rituals for the everyday wearing.


Actor Character
Juliana Paes Maya Meetha
Rodrigo Lombardi Raj Ananda
Letícia Sabatella Yvone Oliveira Magalhães
Tony Ramos Opash Ananda
Alexandre Borges Raul Cadore
Débora Bloch Sílvia Cadore
Tânia Khallil Maria Eduarda de Moraes (a.k.a. Duda)
Márcio Garcia Bahuan Sundrani
Bruno Gagliasso Tarso Cadore
Marjorie Estiano Tônia Cavinato
Humberto Martins Ramiro Cadore
Christiane Torloni Melissa Cadore
Caco Ciocler Murilo Cavinato
Dira Paes Norma Cristina Almeida (a.k.a. Norminha)
Anderson Müller Abel Almeida
Isis Valverde Camila Motta Goulart Ananda
Caio Blat Ravi Ananda
Cléo Pires Surya Ananda
Thaila Ayala Shivani Mugdaliar Sundrani
Odilon Wagner Michael Brown Johnson (a.k.a. Maike, Eric Brown)
Totia Meirelles Dr. Aída Motta
Antônio Calloni César Gallo Goulart
Ana Beatriz Nogueira Ilana Gallo Goulart
André Gonçalves Mutineja Gopal (a.k.a. Gopal)
Betty Gofman Dayse
Neuza Borges Iracema (a.k.a. Cema)
Danton Mello Amithab Ananda
Juliana Alves Suellen
André Arteche Indra
Maria Maya Inês Cadore
Júlia Almeida Léa Motta Goulart (a.k.a. Leinha)
Ricardo Tozzi Komal Meetha
Paula Pereira Durga
Rosane Gofman Walkíria (a.k.a. Wal)
Victor Fasano Dario
Cissa Guimarães Ruth
Sílvia Buarque Berenice (a.k.a. Berê)
Duda Nagle José Carlos Gallo Goulart (a.k.a. Zeca)
Carolina Oliveira Chanti Ananda
Ana Furtado Dr. Gabriela (a.k.a. Gabi)
Blota Filho Haroldo Estevanato
Luci Pereira Ondina
Marcelo Brou Guto
Mara Manzan Dona Ashima
Thais Garayp Ana
Mussunzinho Maico
Priscila Marinho Sheila
Marcius Melhem Radesh
Cacau Mello Deva
Ana Lima Dr. Cecília (a.k.a. Ciça)
Darlan Cunha Eliseu
Cláudia Lira Nayana
Clarice Derzie Luz Harima
Adilson Magha Siro
Janaina Prado Sonya
Luiz Baccelli Barat Mugdaliar
Jacqueline Dalabona Rhada Mugdaliar
Allan Souza Lima Hadit
Alexandre Liuzzi Pedro
Actor Character
Karina Ferrari Anusha Ananda
Cadu Paschoal Hari Hitid
Laura Barreto Lalit
Nahuana Costa Malika
Actor Character
Sidney Santiago Ademir
Brendha Haddad Rani Meetha
Vitória Frate Júlia Cadore
Márcio Vito Ramu Hitid
Special guest stars
Actor Character
Vera Fischer Chiara
Eva Todor Cidinha
Elias Gleizer Senhor Cadore
Murilo Rosa Lucas Garrido
Maitê Proença Fernanda Estevanato (a.k.a. Nanda)
Invited Actresses
Actor Character
Laura Cardoso Laksmi Ananda
Jandira Martini Puja Hitid
Eliane Giardini Indira Ananda
Nívea Maria Kochi Meetha
Invited actors
Actor Character
Osmar Prado Manu Meetha
José de Abreu Sacerdote Pandit
Flávio Migliaccio Karan Ananda
Lima Duarte as "Shankar Sundrani"
Stênio Garcia as "Dr. Castanho"
Tony Ramos as "Opash Ananda"


Caminho das Índias vol. 1, NationalEdit

Cover: Juliana Paes

  1. Beedi Jalaile – Sukhwinder Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan (opening theme)
  2. Eu Nasci Há Dez Mil Anos Atrás – Nando Reis (India's location theme)
  3. Pára-Raio – Skank (Murilo's theme)
  4. Uma Prova De Amor – Zeca Pagodinho (Castanho and Suellen's theme)
  5. Vamos Fugir (Gimme Your Love) – Gilberto Gil (Tarso and Tônia's theme)
  6. Ela Disse – Marcelo D2 (Júlia's theme)
  7. Memórias – Pitty (Inês theme)
  8. Martelo Bigorna – Lenine (Yvone's theme)
  9. Nada Por Mim – Paula Toller (Camila's theme)
  10. Alma – Zélia Duncan (Melissa and Ramiro's theme)
  11. Sob Medida – Isabella Taviani
  12. Lembra De Mim – Emílio Santiago (Sílvia's theme)
  13. Amor, Meu Grande Amor – Ângela Rô Rô (Chiara and Murilo's theme)
  14. Não Se Esqueça De Mim – Nana Caymmi & Erasmo Carlos (Maya and Bahuan's theme)
  15. Feliz – Gonzaguinha (Raj and Duda's theme)
  16. O Vento Vai Responder (Blowin' in the Wind) – Zé Ramalho (Dayse's theme)
  17. Dois pra lá, dois pra cá – Elis Regina (Rio de Janeiro's location theme)
  18. Até Quem Sabe – Nara Leão (Raul's theme)
  19. Sufoco da Vida – Harmonia Enlouquece
  20. Você Não Vale Nada – Calcinha Preta (Norminha's theme)

Caminho das Índias vol. 2, IndianEdit

  1. Beedi Jalaile – Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Nachiketa Chakraborty and Clinton Cerejo (opening theme)
  2. Kajra ReAlisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Ali
  3. Nagada Nagada – Sonu Nigam and Javed Ali
  4. Sajna Ve Sajna – Sunidhi Chauhan
  5. Main Vari Vari – Kavita Krishnamurti and Reena Bharadwaj (theme of Maya and Bahuan)
  6. Mast Kalandar – Sunidhi Chauhan
  7. Chori Chori Gori Se – Abhijeet and Udit Narayan
  8. Salaam-E-Ishq – Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
  9. Salaam – Alka Yagnik
  10. Azeem o Shaan Shahensh – Mohamed Aslam
  11. Bangra Jaya – Alexandre de Faria

Caminho das Índias vol. 3, LapaEdit

Cover: Juliana Alves

  1. Eu vou pra Lapa – Alcione
  2. Malandro é malandro, mané é mané – Diogo Nogueira (theme of César and Ilana)
  3. Só faltou você Lado a Lado B – Leandro Sapucahy
  4. Vaso Ruim – Casuarina (theme of Radesh)
  5. Tristeza Pé no Chão – Teresa Cristina & Grupo Semente
  6. Amor de verdade – Beth Carvalho
  7. Errei – Sururu na Roda (live)
  8. Pretinha Jóia Rara – Moyseis Marques
  9. Em Desfile Chatos – Jota Canalha
  10. Sal e Pimenta – Gabriel o Pensador
  11. Puro êxtase – Barão Vermelho
  12. Anjo da madrugada – Babi Xavier (theme of Duda and Lucas)
  13. Lourinha Bombril (Parate y mira) – Bangalafumenga
  14. Legal, Vou ficar – Quatro Fatos
  15. Põe aê uma música – DJ Alex Guedes
  16. Uma flor uma raiz – Fino
  17. Coletivo Mezcla – Riosalsa (theme of Suellen and Ademi)

Caminho das Índias vol. 4, InternationalEdit

  1. Halo – Beyoncé Knowles (theme of Yvone)
  2. Thinking of You – Katy Perry (theme of Bahuan and Shivani)
  3. Orishas – Público
  4. Never Gonna Be Alone – Nickelback (theme of Tônia and Tarso)
  5. Tip of My Tongue – Something Sally feat. Joss Stone (theme of Aída and Darío)
  6. Small Talk – Ovi
  7. To Love you All Over Again – Madeleine Peyroux (theme of Chiara)
  8. Sober – Pink
  9. Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
  10. Lies – McFly (theme of Zeca)
  11. Madly – Tristan Prettyman (theme of Duda and Lucas)
  12. Quando e se – Ari Hest (theme of Silvia and Murilo)
  13. Lay Lady Lay – Dan (theme of Dr. Castanho and Suellen)
  14. I'm in the Mood for Love – Daniel Boaventura (theme of Maya and Raj)
  15. All the Way – Ronaldo Canto e Mello (theme of Camila and Ravi)
  16. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Oséas (theme of Shankar y Laksm)

Caminho das Índias vol. 5, InstrumentalEdit

  1. Os portais do Taj Mahal – Alexandre de Faria (General theme)
  2. Tema de Maya e Bahuan – Alexandre de Faria (theme of Maya and Bahuan)
  3. Quase um Intocável – Alexandre de Faria (Untouchable's theme)
  4. Caminho das Índias – Alexandre de Faria (theme of general dance)
  5. Nos passos de Shankar – Alexandre de Faria (theme of Shankar)
  6. Meu Salaam – Alexandre de Faria (romantic theme)
  7. Meditação e Karma – Alexandre de Faria (incidental theme)
  8. Re Tchori – Alexandre de Faria (theme of general dance)
  9. Habanera para Tarso – Alexandre de Faria (theme of Tarso)
  10. Maxixe Chorado – Alexandre de Faria (theme of Lapa neighborhood)
  11. Uma Canção sem Palavras – Alexandre de Faria (tema triste)
  12. Tango da Ausência – Alexandre de Faria (theme of Lapa neighborhood)
  13. Berceuse pour un Nuit – Alexandre de Faria (incidental theme)
  14. Toda Levada – Alexandre de Faria


In November 2009, Caminho das Índias was recognized as Best Telenovela in the 2009 International Emmy Awards.[5] In Brazil, it won four awards for Best Telenovela.[by whom?][citation needed]

The cast won several awards. Bruno Gagliasso won five awards for Best Supporting Actor. Dira Paes won four awards for Best Supporting Actress. Rodrigo Lombardi won two awards for Best Actor. Juliana Paes won one award for Best Actress.[by whom?Discuss][citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Caminho das Índias". Globo TV International. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  2. ^ India, una telenovela con aire de Bollywood
  3. ^ ¿Tendrá 'India' un final feliz?
  4. ^ Bastidores (in Portuguese), Rede Globo, retrieved 22 January 2009
  5. ^ "Caminho das Índias vence Emmy de melhor telenovela" (in Portuguese). O Globo. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009.

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Preceded by
A Favorita
Caminho das Índias
19 January 2009 – 11 September 2009
Succeeded by
Viver a Vida