Kasthuri is a twenty-one-year old film star who lives and works in Madras, the film capital of South India. She has starred in seven films and is about to make her eighth. Breyer and his crew follows her as she rehearses, meets with fan clubs, visits with old friends, and shops with her mother. The documentary exposes the paradox between her public and private life. Despite being a successful woman with a glamorous career and exposure to Western culture, Kasthuri does not challenge the traditional values of her culture. She is content to have her parents arrange a suitable marriage to a man of their choosing.
This charming portrait contains excerpts from traditional Indian films.
Featured at the Association for Asian Studies