Friday, August 12, 2016

India's Bollywood comes to L.A., Aug. 13 (video)

Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; "Duplicate" (clip); KPCC (
Bablu (super Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan) an aspiring chef, works in a hotel restaurant where Sonia Kapoor (Juhi) works as banquet manager. His lookalike, Manu (also played by Shah Rukh Khan), is a gangster who robs a bank along with his friend (Gulshan Grover) but gets caught. He emerges from prison and discovers that his accomplice has double-crossed him. He murders his partner and escapes from the scene of the crime...but without the money. Bablu stumbles on the money and keeps it.

Manu's lover, Lily (Sonali Bendre), mistakes Bablu for Manu and spirits him away. Manu takes shelter in Bablu's house and realizes that he can use his looks to his advantage. The fun-ride starts as Bablu is constantly mistaken for Manu. With both Sonia and Lily after him, the law thinking him to be Manu, Bablu faces a tough time. Then Manu kidnaps Bibi (Farida Jalal), Bablu's mother and holds her hostage. It's all for laughs.

Los Angeles movie marathon
Feel like taking on a marathon this weekend? How about one you can do sitting down?

On Saturday (August 13), Hollywood meets Bollywood in a 12-hour Indian movie extravaganza. It's a Bollywood Marathon.

The event takes place at the Machine Project and Echo Park Film Collective. It's the brain child of self-confessed Bollywood fanatic, Robin Sukhadia.
Libby Denkmann talked to Sukhadia about the event, Bollywood's place in culture and its changing relationship with Hollywood. For more details on the event, click here. More + AUDIO

(Michael Sealey) It's escapism, so don't overthink it.

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