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Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries): Testing the Bollywood Dream

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries): Testing the Bollywood Dream

Kiran Rao has made an excellent debut with Dhobi Ghat (aka Mumbai Diaries), a film which she wrote and directed, and which had its first UK screening at the London Film Festival last night. During the Q&A, Rao explained that she wanted to use her film to examine the standard Bollywood premise that love can […]

‘Peepli Live’: Important, Not Excellent

‘Peepli Live’: Important, Not Excellent

”Peepli Live” has been the toast and tea of town for the better part of this past year. A Sundance selection and Berlinale screening, it has been picking up favor and five star reviews across the Prime Meridian, becoming the focus of India’s annual interest in evaluating its culture through the Western eye. Unlike the […]

Postal Failure: Aparna Sen’s ‘The Japanese Wife’ Disappoints

Postal Failure: Aparna Sen’s ‘The Japanese Wife’ Disappoints

Indian indie favourite Aparna Sen’s new film about love through letters lacks style and diction. The phonetic possibility of her surname Sen makes Indian indie filmmaker Aparna Sen’s films a fine fodder for all sorts of rhetorical puns in English, most obviously for a word, like say, sensational. But sadly her latest outing, “The Japanese […]

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

The general consensus is that Englishman Danny Boyle’s (Trainspotting, Millions) venture into Bollywood results in a stirring tale of adventure, romance, and redemption.  These themes are indisputably present, but represent only the base by which a much more profound and compelling story is told. Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle’s eighth feature film, delves deep into pressing modern […]

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