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Leela (2002)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Somnath Sen

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Somnath Sen

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Dimple Kapadia ... Leela
Vinod Khanna ... Nashaad
Deepti Naval ... Chaitali
Amol Mhatre Amol Mhatre ... Kris / Krishna
Gulshan Grover ... Jai
Brendan Hughes Brendan Hughes ... Summer
Kelly Gunning Kelly Gunning ... JC
Garrett Devereux Garrett Devereux ... Chip
Kyle Erby Kyle Erby ... Jamaal
Michelle Van Wagner Michelle Van Wagner ... Jennifer
Sarayu Blue ... Mira (as Sarayu Rao)
Partha Dey Partha Dey ... Shantanu
Sandeep Walia Sandeep Walia ... Harsh
Delna Rastomjee Delna Rastomjee ... Joya Chatterjee
Gargi Sen 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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Drama | Romance

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Almost There!
7 November 2002 | by dbanatiSee all my reviews

One's been seeing a crass of movies made on the Indians settled abroad and how do they relate to their environment vis-a-vis their origins. Some of the movies have been downrightly funny (Bend it Like Beckham)to make any serious comment , some have been very good.. like East is East.

The feeling one got after coming out of seeing Leela was that why did the director keep it so short at 97 mins.. they were so many openings ( for lack of a better word) which the director could have explored. For eg: the relationship between the son Krishna and father Jai could have been taken up, one was also not very sure on why Jai and Chaitali broke up and Jai seems to be having a good relationship with Jennifer.

Having said all this, the movie is a must see, it has sensitively treated the issue of a teacher falling for her student.Also makes one think about relationships which are kind of surviving in India , breakup under a more liberal and accepting environment.

Dimple Kapadia is ravishing as usual and its nice to see Deepti Naval back on screen after a while . I have always felt that she could offer more , and just needed a good director to get it all out. The kid Krishna also comes up with a good performance. The movie soundtrack is superb especially the last ghazal which has the Krishna doing a little jugalbandi with Vinod Khanna.


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Official Sites:

Lemon Tree Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (India) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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