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The Laughing Club of India (2001)

Portrait of the first laughing club in India, its founding by a doctor who believes that laughter is the best medicine, his outreach to schools, interviews with club members, scenes of ... See full summary »

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Mira Nair
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Portrait of the first laughing club in India, its founding by a doctor who believes that laughter is the best medicine, his outreach to schools, interviews with club members, scenes of outdoor sessions, and shots of billboards and street scenes in contemporary Mumbai. Club members gather, stretch, and start to laugh. Founder Dr. Madan Kararia talks of the club's history and the growth of laughing clubs across the country. Among those interviewed, there's a stockbroker, three bawdy women, a musician, a widow laughing to cope with grief, and two old men - friends since school days who meet daily to laugh. No form, no fuss: happiness equals health. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English

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6 October 2001 (Italy) See more »

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O Clube da Gargalhada See more »

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Laforest Inc.,Mirabai Films See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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By her account, Mira Nair was in Bombay, stuck in traffic on Marine Drive and in the midst of a movie-maker's equivalent of writer's block when she discovered the source of traffic was hundreds of women dressed in all white crossing the street. She was intrigued and she ditched her cab, followed these women with her DV camera and some time later, the Laughing Club of India was born. See more »

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fun, funny, and moving
9 October 2005 | by gompa-1See all my reviews

This is a lovely documentary. In many beautifully-shot scenes, Nair allows her subjects to tell how being part of a laughing club affected them -- in some cases, simply relieving stress, in others, helping to live through overwhelming grief and sadness.

It's amazing to see mixed groups of men and women, people of different classes, and of a wide age range out in parks and public places in the morning meeting to practice laughing together.

Insight into Indian life is a bonus of the film.

The laughter is infectious, and you may find yourself a convert to laughing yoga, and looking for a club of your own.

Altogether, the best and most memorable film on the compilation DVD on which it appears.

Have some fun -- see this.


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