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Indian Courtesan Films
Devadasu (2000)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 357
It is based on the acclaimed novel by Saratchandra Chatterjee. The story revolves around the tragic fate of Devdas who was separated from his childhood beloved Parvati. The climax is about how Chandramukhi, a dancing girl gives him solace in a brothel.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 273
It is a story of a charming court dancer, who lived during the glorious period of the Gupta King Chandragupta.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 010 205
Hiraman, a simple bullock-cart driver who boasts of having kept the two vows he has thus far made in life, grows attached to Hirabai, a nautanki performer to whom he is giving a ride, but ultimately realizes she can never be his. As she departs and Hiraman returns to his cart he takes a third vow never to carry a woman from a Nautanki Company again ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 748
The story of a whore house in a remote town which becomes the bone of contention between political and business interests.
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Call No. VHS/PAL PN1997 .R234 1975
The incorruptible judge Ramshastri Prabhune (1720-1789), chief justice at the court of Madhavrao and later of Nana Phadnavis, boldly sentences Raghoba with the death penalty for murdering the official heir and his own nephew Narayanrao.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 010 263
Costume spectacular/musical of the life of a courtesan, musician and dancer of mid 19th-century Lucknow, who achieves great renown and remains independent of the three men she gets involved with over time. Based on first major Urdu novel.
Guide (1965)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 501
A story about a tourist guide Raju who falls in love with the dancer wife of an archaeologist. The dancer and her husband break up and Raju becomes the dancer's manager but Raju is charged with theft and goes to prison. When released, he travels to a village where the people mistake him for a holy man. Raju makes use of this mistaken identity but later, ...
Pakeezah (1971)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 905
Poignant tale of a courtesan's life, with song, dance and poetry.
DVD
Storage | Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD PN1997 .C4285 2000
Story of Chandni Bar, a sleazy beer bar, where a woman is persuaded into taking up bar dancing.
Devdas (1955)
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Call No. PN1997 .D45624 1990z
Roy's remake of the 1955 motion picture; caste differences force childhood sweethearts into different lives; force of destiny over individual desires.
Devdas (2002)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 356
Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) and Parvati (Aishwarya Rai) have shared a special bond since childhood and is put to the test when Devdas is sent away to England to further his studies. Parvati (or Paro) waits for him and lights a diya signifying her undying love for Devdas. When he finally returns Paroþs world lights up again. Their love is fully supported ...