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  • Actors: Sanjeev Bhaskar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,491 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Over the past 60 years, India has changed more rapidly than any other nation on the planet. In fields as diverse as agriculture, medical research and information technology, India already leads the world.

In this captivating tv documentary, comedian and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar follows his quest to get under the skin of modern India. His travels take him from the deserts of Rajasthan to the lush tea plantations of Darjeeling, high into the Himalayas, along the course of the holy river Ganges and across the border to Pakistan on a mission to find the ancestral homeland that his family left behind. This upbeat adventure is set against the backdrop of a country without visual equal.

India with Sanjeev Bhaskar presents an unforgettable journey through India visiting stunning palaces, chaotic cities and beautiful beaches, that also follows Sanjeev’s emotional journey to his father's former home, now in Pakistan. It’s also a personal, colourful and comic look at one of the world's next superpowers.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
It's difficult to know why you'd want to buy this series, because it's not likely to inspire repeat viewings. Sanjeev is an excellent comedian but as a guide to India, its landscape, people, history and culture, he took over too much of the series. This often happens with 'personality' presenters -- the presenter becomes far more important than the subject. So instead of concentrating on the point of the documentary, we spend ages being 'entertained' by Sanjeev's not particualrly witty asides, or watching him raise eyebrows, or waggle entertainingly for the camera. Too much gurning, guys!

However, there is still a lot of information here, and the overall theme of the series is interesting, taking Sanjeev back to where his family lived in previous generations. There are some fascinating moments (like the guard's ceremony on the border with Pakistan) where the India's remarkable culture and people are captured and explained. There are also some emotional scenes where Sanjeev is plainly touched by the spirituality of the place he's in, and it's at these times when the programme suceeds. When it's being serious, then it's very good. When it's being silly then... it is just silly.

So I started out thinking this would be a two-star review, but after thinking it all over I can rate it three stars after all. It is definitely a much better series than the companion piece (in which a British woman of Pakistani extraction takes a personal journey back to Pakistan -- a terrible example of 'celebrity' nonsense). If this series happened to be on TV again then I wouldn't mind re-watching it, so it's certainly worth seeing as a rental.

However, if you want a really detailed and excellent DVD about India (one which is educational and entertaining; spiritual and historial) then you should buy Michael Wood's Story of India instead. India with Sanjeev os pretty flimsy by comparison.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Roychowdhury on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
Being of Indian origin you would have expected Sanjeev Bhaskar to come up with something better. Sanjeev thinks he has a good sense of humour after his few popular TV shows but it is outright nonsense. Compare this to Michael Wood's "The story of India" which is so insightful and as a British Indian it makes me really feel proud of the BBC, Michael Wood and my Indian roots
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluesbreaker on 21 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
Contrary to many of the reviews here I found the DVDs to be very entertaining and pitched perfectly between the academic Michael Wood series and the slapstick of the Paul Merton package.

Bhaskar is a comedian but cracks few jokes; he occasionally pitches wry off-the-cuff remarks which are usually funny and reflective.

This is a travelogue, not a history lesson, and the whole thing is very reminiscent of Michael Palin's polished efforts and the equally polished BBC production values.

As a bonus , Bhaskar's language fluency means that we are not restricted to English-speaking characters.

A good and unassuming DVD set that gives a very good flavour of the contrasts and contradictions of India but that also gives rise to a polarity of opinion that seems odd to me.

Recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. williams on 1 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
India is a thrilling and amazing country and this documentary did not get this across. It seemed to me a documentary for fans of this 'comedian' rather than anything to do with India. Watch something else or better still, just go.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Hawkes on 29 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
"Ganges" and Michael Wood's India are hugely enjoyable, entertaining, educational and professional; 2 DVDs to cherish.

And then we have this from Sanjeev complete with puerile quips. It is better than nothing and if you have an interest in India worth watching; but as a piece of work it falls short, failing to realise the fantastic potential arising from the opportunity that was presented.

Also on the BBC India season recently we saw Saira Khan visit Pakistan. A fantastic couple of programmes and at a standard and depth that contrasted notably with Sanjeev's; please release Saira's work as a DVD! And include notes too..............
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bob Evans on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've always enjoyed Sanjeev Bhaskar's comedy offerings so I expected this series to be an amusingly quirky visit to the land of his roots and it didn't disappoint. I didn't expect it to be a factually correct historical journey - I've already watched Micharl Wood's India and the BBC Ganges series for that. Sanjeev's series also showed India, but his India and in his own way. If he's more interested in truck horns than Hindu temples then so be it. He didn't set out to present a detailed history, but offers us clips of the things which amused or interested him.
It was the final thing which has decided me to visit India myself and see it with my own eyes.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By othername5 on 23 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
I have seen a couple of these programs on TV and was very surprised and disappointed by the poor quality. I did not know that the presenter was a comedian and he really was not funny! I could not help feeling angry about the way Sanjeev Bhaskar "interviewed" the Indian people in such an unprofessional way.
Do not buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Haris Husain on 10 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Living in the US, I've only seen one of this series for the first time now, and I am enthralled.

This series isn't for everyone, but Indian/Pakistani expats who have lived in the west for a long time will like it, because they have the unique perspective of getting used to the western way of life, and understand how things / customs in the sub-continent look so foreign now but were so familiar when you lived there.

By the same token, its a great series to watch with western friends especially in the US, who have no idea of the sub-continent culture. They'll appreciate the humor from the perspective of an outsider, and you can share quite a few laughs on how you used to do exactly the same thing just a few odd years ago.

A great light overview of the culture.
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