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Leela
Vinod Khanna ...
Nashaad
Deepti Naval ...
Chaitali
Amol Mhatre ...
Kris / Krishna
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Jai
Brendan Hughes ...
Summer
Kelly Gunning ...
JC
Garrett Devereux ...
Chip
Kyle Erby ...
Jamaal
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Jennifer
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Mira (as Sarayu Rao)
Partha Dey ...
Shantanu
Sandeep Walia ...
Harsh
Delna Rastomjee ...
Joya Chatterjee
Gargi Sen ...
Maheed
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Leela is a film based on the South Asian-American experience. By providing a dynamic expression of the struggles and celebrations of the expatriate lifestyle, Leela has the potential to be a crossover film - popular among expatriate South Asians and mainstream English speaking audiences the world over. Leela is a true reflection of how the South Asian-American community is beginning to emerge, blend, and influence the mainstream American culture in its own exquisite ways. Leela is the story of Leela, an aware, liberal woman who struggles with the true meaning of independence. It is also the story of Krishna, born of Indian parents in America but uncomfortable with his hyphenated existence. Leela then is a universal story of two paths that cross each other and pause a moment before moving on. Written by Somnath Sen

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Reworking "40 Carats" with Indian emigrants in the US
15 March 2003 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

I do not know anything about Somnath Sen, the director of the film. If this is indeed his first film, I congratulate him for pulling together a good cast and some fine production quality that lifts up the film.

However, the script is nothing more than a reworking of "40 carats" and/or "Summer of '42". If the film is aimed at the Indian or South Asian community in Asia, the film will draw some attention. This is because the line up of the commercially accepted Indian movie actors--Dimple Kapadia, Deepti Naval and Vinod Khanna--will pull the crowds out of curiosity to see them act in an English movie. Compared to an average Indian film, the camerawork, editing, and music of this US film are all used with considerable finesse. Sen's work stands out for these factors not the screenplay, the performances or the story. Ms Kapadia and Ms Naval prop up the film as they are both beautiful and evidently quite talented. I wish they could act in films of some top-notch European director!


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