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Leela

Dimple Kapadia , Vinod Khanna , Somnath Sen  |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover
  • Directors: Somnath Sen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Studio: Cinebella
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000MD1IQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Leela (Dimple Kapadia) is a visiting professor in an American University. Her mother's death makes Leela go out of the country for a brief while, leaving a so called perfect life with her poet-husband, Nashaad (Vinod Khanna) behind her. Once there her path crosses with that of Krishna a.k.a Kris (Amol Mhatre). Kris, a young Indian-American is a product of a single parent home. Kris tries to get closer to the alluring Leela because of a bet he has taken with his American friends to sleep with her. But after a disastrous attempt to seduce her, he apologises and develops a kinship with her. Both are lonely in their own. Both are trying to come to terms with their personal lives - Kris is infuriated in knowing that his mother Chaitali (Deepti Naval) has a man in her life, while Leela burns with a restless sorrow within from her husband's infidelities. Leela now begins scrutinizing her so called perfect marriage with the philandering renowned poet and wants to start afresh. But before that she has to deal with the new situation that arises from her seeking solace and comfort in Kris's arms.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat wierd soap opera January 13, 2010
By ubalu
Format:DVD
Appealing for the audience interested in cross-cultural issues and the problems of children of Asian 'foreigners' growing up in America. At best, these children grow up with East-West blend of culture and understanding, but the growing pains can be difficult. The value systems of their parents constantly clash with what these children experience outside their homes.

This is the story of an Indian-American college student Kris (Krishna), his mother who is a professor working in a US University, and Leela, a Visiting Professor from India. Kris lives with his mother, a divorced woman, and Leela is in an unhappy marriage with a professional musician play-boy. Leela's husband is in India. The women are colleagues and become close friends.

Krishna is a confused second-generation American who is uncomfortable with his very identity as Indian. He meets the newly-arrived-from India professor Leela, and she opens his eyes to a whole new world of the Orient, with its dignity, simplicity, spiritual wealth, art and science.

Leela and Kris meet often, and there is a one-time sexual intimacy. This is forbidden in any culture, but particularly in the Orient, and all the hell breaks loose. Leela eventually decides to take time to think and find herself, be herself. Kris goes to India with his mother for a visit to see his grandfather. He has new respect and reverence for India.

The music is very good. There are powerful confrontation scenes which bring out the depth of the issues the story is trying to address. But the movie is also weird in its own way, making its point.
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