Sunday, July 25, 2004

Diasporic Desi Cinema

I guess it is cinema weekend here at Desiblog, because this post will discuss two more films, M Night Shyamalan's "The Village," which opens on July 30th, and Gurinder Chadha's upcoming release "Bride and Prejudice." I think this film opens on December 25, 2004.

Shyamalan's film, which is opening among some controversy, seems to have caught the fancy early of the Washington Post's Anne Thompson--Just read the opening of her story on Shyamalan's new film.

Hollywood's most precious resource is a writer-director who can create films that are original yet accessible, powerful but not off-putting, and in tune with popular taste but not pandering. Such artists are rare in no small part because the studios, paradoxically, tend to stifle the creativity of gifted filmmakers. But occasionally there arises such a talent as M. Night Shyamalan, who insists on doing it his way. The 33-year-old goes quiet for a time, then emerges with a movie that blends art and commerce in unexpected ways.

And then here is a early review from Asians in Media of Chadha's Bride and Prejudice. From the review, it seems the film is well produced and directed, and that Aishwarya's performance will not disappoint. If this is the case, it will definitely lead to some serious offers for her in international cinema and hollywood.


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