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A bit too offbeat for me
on 27 May 2009
This is the story of an Indian family in Canada. There is the young man (Rahul Khanna) who promised Dad to look after the family after his death. The family is an odd one with a brother who takes video footage of everything happening in the family, a drama queen mother, a grandmother who sets people up and then throws off lines from Shakespeare, a pregnant sister engaged to be married. The grandmother wants the young man to find a good Indian woman as a bride. He doesn't want to but appears to comply so his sister can marry. He finds a girl who will pose as an Indian bride and then finds out she is Indian. I could go on and on and give the plot away.
However this movie is a string of Bollywood stereotypical situations as situations keep arising that typify well-known Indian movies. That was the OK bit for me. But the treatment was offbeat in a way than jarred for me. It has a sort of intellectual smart-aleck feel to it- almost like a group of film students had got together and woven things together. Actors make references to things like 'existential angst', comments are written over various frames with references to titles of Bollywood movies and we have grandma mouthing responses like 'this is the winter of our discontent'. For me it was more an arthouse vanity project than anything I could sit and enjoy.
I did think Rahul Khanna (who was playing it straight and drifting through making reference to the madness around him) was very good. Akshaye Khanna appears as himself for a cameo as the young man's friend saying the young man is like a brother to him (and he is Akshayes' real brother).
A salute to, or even a send up of Bollywood would be fine but it felt self-consciously intellectual and I didn't find the heart I like in Bollywoods.
Now this one really gets a range of responses. I see it won some awards in Canada. When I checked IMDb, it was rating (with almost 1500 votes at about a 6 out of 10 across age-groups - but with quite a few giving it 1 or 2. On Indian sites, it ranges from 'boring, inept, condescending to both Indians and non-Indians' to 'great spoof'! I didn't have any fun with this one- perhaps you will. Not a keeper