Do you like Bollywood, i.e. Hindi or Indian movies? The music and dancing is always great. The comedies can be very funny. The science fiction flicks are kind of quirky. But the drama films? Oh the drama!!! Full of life’s complexities. Mixed marriages: not interracial, but interfaith, i.e. two different religions. Main characters always faced with choosing sides: loyalty to family versus allegiance to country, or on a broader scale, to the world we live in. Having to answer life’s difficult questions:
Where do I take a stand? –
How do I defend my loved ones? –
Isn’t it my duty to warn others, if I know or even suspect imminent danger, so they can protect themselves?
Etc., etc., etc.
Hurray for Bollywood! Producers and directors of Bollywood cinema did not shy away from the content but chose to address the post 9/11 environment in the United States, broach the topic of terrorism, and bring it even closer to home in three films: “Kurbaan”, “My Name is Khan”, and“New York”. Each film starts out with a loving couple, who should be like every other loving couple in the whole wide world: bonded together in blissful union by promises of fidelity, secure in the hope of living happily ever after forever. The happily ever after part of their lives is going quite well until …
(Trivia note: Fox Star Entertainment, an American company, thought so highly of this foreign film that they bought the distribution rights to “My Name is Khan“. So let’s also say Hurray for Hollywood!)