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If you have ever been to India or intimately know peoples of the Indian subcontinent you should enjoy this movie. Mr Brooks has an interesting idea in this film which is not quite as developed as it could be. However, recently having visited Delhi and Agra and flying to Delhi on a plane that was like "a Greyhound bus to India". I and an Indian friend throughly enjoyed this film. There are great scenes of Delhi...street scenes showing the chaos and confusion,like vehicles on the roads, including that green and yellow 3 wheeled motorized rickshaw which we ventured on, cows and an occasional elephant in the street...and various historic Muslim and Hindu monuments. We laughed and laughed. It was silly, fun and nostalgic for us and great entertainment for a rainy Saturday evening.
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