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DVD Review - Bollywood Beats


It's a common theme in stories about children of immigrants that their parents push them to get solid professions and not pursue art like acting or dancing. This theme certainly isn't limited to children of immigrants, but it's the theme that pervades this movie. Being that the United States is a nation of immigrants, one could argue that this is as American a story as it is an Indian one.

Sachin Bhatt is a triple threat. He sings. He dances and he acts. He's been on stage and on screen. His first leading role in a feature film was in The Ode (2008), the adaptation of the award-winning novel Ode to Lata, written by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, which shed a light not only on the first and second-generation experiences of South Asians but also a light on gay experiences as well.

Bhatt's character here of Raj isn't like his first feature film character, Ali, who had plenty of angst and heartache. Here, Raj is almost the polar opposite. Yes, Raj has his troubles, but his disposition is so much sunnier. Unlike Ali, Raj allows Bhatt to put his dancing skills to the test. In fact, dance is one of Raj's passions, his coping mechanisms and life's blood.

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Three Stars out of Five.
Not Rated but Recommended for General Audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 53 mins.

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