(1999, color, 100 minutes)
DATE: Saturday, November 3. TIME: 3 p.m.
|SYNOPSIS: Bollywood- India's answer to Hollywood,
producing an annual quota of 'masala' films or what are better
known as musical soap operas is the backdrop for the bittersweet
comedy "Hollywood Calling." Into the circus of Hollywood is
thrust an unsuspecting Pat Stormare (Pat Cusick), an out-of-luck
American H-movie star. This is the work of Subramaniam (Om
Puri), Subra for short- a producer who concocts the first
pairing of an American hero with the legendary Manu Kapoor
(Naveen Nischol), an aging Indian star. Manu and Pat play
brothers who are 'separated by destiny and united by fate'
in the old-fashioned Hindi potboiler Maut ('The Death') an
action-drama-romantic extravaganza, with the young aspiring
starlet Kajal (Perizaad Zorabian) playing (he female lead
opposite Manu. Through his relationships Manu, Subra and the
beautiful Kajal, we take this journey with Pat and experience
him with the color, confusion and the passion from Bollywood.
all from an outsider-tumed-insider's point of view.
|DIRECTOR: Atlanta-based Nagesh Kukunoor, a chemical
engineer by profession, gave up his lucrative career and wrote.
produced, acted and^tirected in 'Hyderabad Blues', a film
that took him back to his unpbringing in India. The filmi
went on to become India's largest-grossing low budget English
language film. 'Rockford'. his sophomoric venture, follows
the same style offilmmaking: empathetic stories that are 'real'
and 'everyday'. "Hollywood Calling" is Kukunoor's most ambitious
project to date. Whileed in USA, Kukunoor has said that his
films will relate to the India he knows and remembers.
|CAST: Om Puri is one of India's finest actors, whose
successes in both commercial and arthouse cinema is. His elegant
performances have extended to international films like "City
of joy", "My Son, the Fanatic" and "East is East". Navin Nischol.
a film star of the 1970's continues to he a staple of both
Indian cinema and Television. Pat Cusick has a wealth of experience
in advertising films and independent cinema. He came to India
for the first time to appear in "Bollywood Calling'.