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Vara: A Blessing is a 2013 English drama film directed by Khyentse Norbu and starring Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Mohamed Adamaly and Rohit Raj. It 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] It was the opening film of 2013 Busan International Film Festival, where it received good reviews.[2][3]

Directed byKhyentse Norbu
Produced byNanette Nelms
Screenplay byKhyentse Norbu
Based onRakta Aar Kanna (Blood and Tears)
by Sunil Gangopadhyay
Music byNitin Sawhney
CinematographyBradford Young
Edited byWilliam Chang
Release date
  • October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) (Busan International Film Festival)
  • 2013 (US)
Running time
96 min.
CountryUnited States


  • 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. 2 Oct 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Tsui, Clarence (10 March 2013). "Vara: A Blessing: Busan Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Vara: A Blessing Reviews". Screen Daily. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-15.

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