The Indian Diaspora







Somnath Sen, USA
97 mins.

Staring: Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover.

After the death of her mother, LEELA, a Professor at Bombay University, loses
purpose. She welcomes the opportunity to teach in the U.S., leaving her "perfect"
life in India behind.

A product of a single parent environment, KRIS (born Krishna), an eighteen-year
old Indian American, is uncomfortable in his own skin. With a hovering mother
(CHAITALI) and a father-of-convenience (JAI), Kris turns away from his milieu.

Kris takes Leela’s South Asian history class. On learning of dark secrets his
mother has kept from him, Kris finds comfort in his friendship with Leela. They
develop a strong bond as Leela opens Kris to a world beyond black and white. In
turn, Krishna pushes Leela to crystallize the grays in her own life. She begins to
scrutinize afresh her crumbling marriage to world-renowned poet, NASHAAD.
Nashaad’s philandering ways have slowly worn down Leela’s love for him.

Things come to a head when Nashaad suddenly flies in from India. Nashaad and
Krishna realize that they are essentially battling for the same love. In the final
showdown, both Kris and Leela learn lessons of life.

Friday November 8th, 2002. 9 pm.




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