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“Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela”

A happy young couple faces a challenge to their love and fidelity upon arrival of the wife’s beautiful but mysterious sister. A classically trained singer abandons her career after the death of her son. An irrepressible young Hindu monk and several Westerners accompany filmmakers on an uplifting and often hilarious journey of discovery to the Kumbh Mela. A young Muslim woman gets by on her late husband’s pension and teaching young men the Koran while investing her hopes in her son.

There are just brief story lines for the four films that will be shown June 11-13 at the Enzian Theater (1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland) in the Orlando area.

Organized by the Asian Cultural Association (ACA), the 11th annual “Beyond Bollywood” South Asian Film Festival will present director Satish Menon’s “Bhavum” (Emotions of Being) on June 11 (at 11:15 a.m.), director Mahesh Dattani’s “Morning Raga” on June 11 (at 2:15 a.m.) and June 13 (at 7 p.m.), directors Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day’s “Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela” on June 12 (at 11:30 a.m.) and director Sabiha Sumar’s “Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters” on June 12 (at 2 p.m.)

“We are expecting about 300 people to attend the three-day film festival,” said Jasbir Mehta, ACA program director. She also revealed that co-director Nick Day of “Short Cut to Nirvana” and director Satish Menon of “Bhavum” will be available for a question-and-answer session after the screenings of their respective films.

For more information, call ACA ( at (407) 333-3667 or the Enzian Theater ( box-office at (407) 629-1088.

Bollywood Preview
By Shephali J. Rele

Bollywood releases expected this month

“Silsiilay”: Starring Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Bhumika Chawla, Rahul Bose, Divya Dutta, Riya Sen, Jimmy Shergil, Ashmit Patel; directed by Khalid Mohammed; music by Himesh Reshammiya.

After last year’s “Tehzeeb,” Khalid Mohammed’s next directorial venture “Silsiilay” is an upbeat look at relationships told through the stories of three women. Tabu plays Rehana, a housewife who must confront her unfaithful husband portrayed by the playback singer and upcoming actor Kay Kay Menon. In another story, Bhumika Chawla is Zia, a successful Bollywood actress whose relationship with her mentor, played by Rahul Bose, is on the verge of a breakup. Riya Sen is the third woman Anushka, a telephone receptionist who seeks tenderness in her relationship with a wealthy suitor played by Ashmit Patel. Meanwhile, Jimmy Shergill portrays an office colleague who loves her silently. She must decide between the two in a romantic finale, which promises a twist. The three stories are weaved together into a complete picture.

“Parineeta”: Starring Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen; directed by Pradeep Sarkar; music by Shantanu Moitra.

The vibrant city of Calcutta in the 1960s serves as the backdrop for this love story based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s story adapted by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Newcomer Vidya Balan plays a young girl named Lolita who lives with her uncle’s family. She meets Shekhar played by Saif Ali Khan, son of an affluent businessman and budding musician. Shekhar and Lolita grow up sharing joys and sorrows and a relationship of deep friendship and trust occurs. Only when an outsider named Girish, played by Sanjay Dutt, arrives do they discover their true feelings for each other. Greed, misunderstandings and deception plague Lolita and Shekhar’s innocent love. Will they be swept apart by these tumultuous events or is it possible they can reunite? The contemporary retelling of this tale is expected to be full of emotion and drama and has a melodious musical score. Look for Rekha who makes a special appearance in a nightclub song.

“Paheli”: Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher; directed by Amol Palekar; music by M.M. Kreem.

An eagerly awaited film of 2005 and Shah Rukh Khan’s first release of the year (not counting special appearances), “Paheli” is a beautiful folk tale from Rajasthan that has come to life. Looking enchanting, Rani Mukherji plays a girl named Lachchi, who is married to a man interested solely in making money. On their wedding night, the husband leaves home for five years to pursue his business. Shah Rukh Khan plays a ghost in love with her. The ghost takes on the husband’s appearance and enters Lachchi’s life. When the husband returns home, relatives and villagers are bewildered. How the situation gets resolved is the “Paheli.” This film shows the dilemma of a woman who must choose between a ghost’s eternal love and her husband’s insensitivity. “Paheli” is based on the story “Duvidha” written by Vijaydan Detha and is a Shah Rukh Khan production.


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