The story of The Desire mainly revolves around Gouthami, an
accomplished Odissi dancer and Jai Leang, a talented artist.
They get introduced to each other during Gouthamiís tour of
Malasia for a performance. The film follows the journey of their
respective lives until theyíre brought together.
revolves entirely around dance. She channalizes all her desires
into this art form which we considers pure and sacred. Gouthami
comes across as a strong, calm, determined women of substance
who is untouched by the attention showered on her by her
numerous admires. She believes sheís here for a purpose which is
dance and this means everything to her. She blocks all other
thoughts from her mind focusing all her energies on her art.
Jai leang, a young painter and sculptor, is of mixed parentage,
with a Chinese father and Malay-Indian mother. She lives in
KualaLumpur. His art is highly influenced by the communist
culture prevalent in China during his childhood. Jai is an
introvert, whose passion towards his beliefs is revealed in his
Gouthamiís grace and charm appeal to Jai immensely and he begins
to fall in love with her. She doesnít reciprocate his feelings
initially and returns to India shortly after her performance in
KL. Though she doesnít admit it to him, Jai does leave an
impression on Gouthamiís mind. A couple of years later,
Garysukarno, self styled cultural impresario based in KL
organizes an exhibition of Jaiís paintings and sculptures in
Mumbai thus bringing Jai to India. On his arrival he begins his
quest for Gouthami and travels all over the country in hope of
finding her. He eventually finds her in a monastery with a 4
year old boy. They meet after her initial disinterest to see
him. She even consents to him painting a portrait of herself.
That night turns out to be very memorable and fateful for two of
them and transforms Gouthamiís life for ever.
Colourful characters like Musui, a boy in his early teens
adopted by the Nrityagram inhabitants, Nalini, a Lesbian who
longs and desires for Gouthami in vain, satisfying herself with
other dancers, Frederic Norman Souza, an accomplished, witty
artist add an interesting aspect to the story.
Essentially, The Desire is a passionate film mainly dealing with
dance, music, art, culture and emotions.
Cast: Shilpa Shetty, Xia Yu, Jayaprada, Vikram Gokhle, Sheetal
Menon, Nakul Vaid, Aasif Sheikh, Bikramjeet, Bijay Lakshmi,
Shweta Khanduri, Vinayak Gananya and Anupam Kher.
Direction, story and screenplay: R.Sarath
Producer: Mrs Sunanda Shetty
Music Composer: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Cinematographer: Sajan Kalathil
Dialogues: Tim Langford & Amitabh Verma
Editor: Bina Paul
Sound: S.K. Srivastava
Art Director: Harish Kumar
Costume Designer: Neeta Lulla
Choreographer: Sumeet Vinod & Ratikant Mahapatra
Line Producer: Abdul Karim Borkar
Publicity Designs: Studio Link Pvt. Ltd.