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GHANCHAKKAR (BOLLYWOOD)

GHANCHAKKAR

Major, movie- attendee alert: do NOT see this film if this is your first taste of Bollywood fare; its preposterous scenario will leave you bereft of any desire to imbibe again; I have experienced worse but this tedious, torturous rendition of a bank robber slowly, creepily losing his memory, including the whereabouts of the absconded loot, is rivetingly boring, painfully ... Read More »

KAI PO CHE (HINDI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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Sitting alone in a cavernous theatre, feeling a lot like the sole survivor of the apocalypse; questioning why I fervently hope to ignite the Western audience to the Bollywood genre; possibly, it is time to give up the battle that has not even brushed the pyrrhic stage. “Kai Po Che” (A reference to kite flying; a winner “cuts” the string ... Read More »

ABCD: ANY BODY CAN DANCE (HINDI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 3-D

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It is serendipitous that this is my final review before embarking on my sixth excursion to India; intoxicating, enchanting, addictive India whose tentacles have enchained my heart, refusing to unleash me from the exotic lure of its compelling, mysterious, engaging ancient culture; I have relinquished the struggle, always returning;  exiting altered, rejuvenated. India is a classroom, unearthing possibilities, long dormant, ... Read More »

MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA (HINDI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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For four years, I have painstakingly tried to encourage Westerners to sample the Bollywood genre; but with films as ridiculous as “Matru……..” my efforts are bordering on the nonsensical. I ceased fruitlessly counting the films from India that I have seen, and have repeatedly recommended worthy ones (most available on Netflix); after two and a half hours of watching a ... Read More »

TALAASH (THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN) HINDI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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Two years ago ensconced in a theatre in Delhi, the palest face in an arena of enthralled Indians, mesmerized by a Bollywood film revolving around the escapades of good and evil politicians, even without subtitles, I was astonished by the depth of the actors skills.  Today, once again the lightest-complexioned individual,  surrounded by Indian-Americans, in a Midwestern city,  hypnotized by ... Read More »

DOHBI GHAT (MUMBAI DIARIES)

DOHBI-GHAT

Aamir Khan Productions, directed by Kiran Rao; wife of Aamir Khan. Aamir Khan has accomplished what other Bollywood producers and directors have been questing, striving to achieve for at least a decade. “Dohbi Ghat” is a story that could have been filmed anywhere; it is universal in theme and content. Gone are the gyrating, aerobic Bollywood dances, fragile chaste women, ... Read More »

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