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Flavors August 22, 2006

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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First things first. This is not another movie about American Born Confused Desis. This film is about desis who have moved to the USA. It tries to capture different experiences through the different characters in the movie. This one is very funny and an observational gem. It avoids the cliches that movies in the genre seem to abound in and yet makes great observations about the lives of desis making it feel very realistic.The identification factor is very high for desis who have moved to the USA. I know various people whose experiences match many of those in the movie. This movie is for anyone who enjoys humor.

This movie is written and directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (Dasarakothapalli). These guys are telugu software engineers who left their jobs to make movies. They spent a few years honing their skills before embarking on Flavors (they did a one hour film called shaadi.com before this one). They do a stylish job and the interlinked stories are very well told. The quality of this movie is way above movies like American Desi, American Chai and so on. In fact it is an injustice to compare this movie with such films. It is more a mainstream film. I would rate it higher than films like Bend It Like Beckham, Monsoon Wedding and Bollwood Hollywood. This movie has been to various film festivals and won awards for the directors as well as some of the actors. Anjan Srivastava and Bharti Achrekar (famous for their roles as Mr and Mrs Wagle in Kundan Shah’s tv serial “Wagle Ki Duniya”), who play the parents from India are as always excellent. Reef Karim and Pooja Kumar who play Kartik and Rachna do a good job. Punit Jasuja who plays Ashok Mittal is very funny. Most of the actors are comparatively serious ones and not first timers. This helps the movie. The music by Mahesh Shankar (who also scored for the telugu film Vennela), Leslie Lewis and few others adds to the movie. Some of the background music is excellent. This film is a must watch for desis and recommended for others too.

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1. Shujath - August 23, 2006

Absoultely love this one…..it’s unfortunate that this movie did not have a wider release in India. I too checked this one out accidentally on TV.

As you rightly said, this one is refreshingly different and far superior to the regular ABCD and crossover stuff. I completely agree with you when you say that identification factor is very high for people who’ve moved to the US….even during my very limited stay in the US, I’ve come across a few people whose lives kind of resemble those shown in the movie. Also, the different threads in the movie were very well interlinked. Though it’s a low budget movie, it looks very slick throught.

BTW, another so called “crossover” movie I am quite interested to watch in Mira Nair’s “The Namesake” featuring Irfan, Tabu and Kal Penn…I checked out the trailer sometime back and found it very interesting.


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