Agni Varsha (2002)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 10 mins

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Evocative and eloquent, this artistic period drama follows the fluctuating fortunes in the life of Arvas, a Brahmin who has become a performing actor. He loves Nittilai who reciprocates his love, but seeks approval of her father and her village's elders before marrying him. This multi-layered relationship saga delves into concepts of fidelity, loyalty, love and sacrifice through the experiences of Arvasu and his family. Arvasu's brother performs a ritual ceremony to ensure that the community is released from drought and famine. After great penance and loss, Arvasu is allowed a boon by the gods. However, the question remains, will he choose to fulfill his own personal desire or sacrifice for the greater good?
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Cast: Jackie Shroff, Raveena Tandon

Crew: Arjun Sajnani (Director), Anil Mehta (Director of Photography), Sandesh Shandilya (Music Director), Taufiq Qureshi (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Release Dates: 30 Aug 2002 (India)

Tagline: An epic tale of love and sacrifice

Hindi Name: अग्नि वर्षा

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as Paravasu
as Vishakha
as Indra
as Chanting Brahmin
as Brahmin
as Chanting Brahmin
as Arvasu
as Raibhya
as Yavakri
as Rakshasa
as Actor Manager
as Nittilai
as Actor Manager's Wife
as Andhaka




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An epic tale of love and sacrifice
The Fire and the Rain
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This movie marks the directorial debut for Arjun Sajnani.

The movie is a cinematic version of Girish Karnad's play "The Fire and the Rain", which Arjun Sajnani staged for a couple of years.

The whole movie was shot in Hampi (southern Indian state of Karnataka).

The movie was the opening film at the Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, England, on June 28. The festival went on till July 7.

A dance sequence was incorporated into the script especially to showcase the dancing abilities of South Indian cinema's star-dancer "Prabhudeva". He has choreographed the dances himself, along with "Bhushan Lakhandri" and famed dancer Daksha Sheth.

This movie was shot over 65 days.

The first choice for Raveena Tandon's role was Shabana Azmi. Shabana declined as she couldn't co-ordinate her schedule with the shooting dates

Arjun Sajnani played Lord Indra's role in the play, which Amitabh Bachchan played in the movie.

Raveena Tandon was apprehensive about working with a first-time director. But when she met director Arjun Sajnani and had a long sitting with him and re-considered her decision.

When the director approached Prabhudeva with the role, he just looked at the director and said, "So where's the dance?" Sajnani informed him "There's no dance. I want you to do this role because I think you're the only one who can do it." Prabhudeva was surprised, a bit apprehensive, but finally agreed.

The film was screened at the American Film Market, Los Angeles, in February 2002

Arjun Sajnani knew Amitabh Bachchan from college days, which made it easier for him to convince the man into playing the cameo.

Originally Ravina Raj Kohli of Channel 9 showed interest in producing the project but on September 16, 2000 she sent a letter to director Arjun Sajnani stating that they would be shutting down and not be producing the film any longer. Eventually IDream Productions took over.