Topic 13 Posts



“Breakaway” aka “Speedy Singhs” (2011): “Bend It Like Beckham” for hockey. Sad-sack Sikh amateur hockey team coached by Rob Lowe.

Camilla Belle love interest, cameos by Russell Peters, Akshay Kumar, Ludacris and Drake. 17% 🍅.

Also Anupam Kher, Sakina Jaffrey, Noureen De Wulf, Lilly Singh.

How they solved “they won’t let us wear turbans without helmets”: went ancient Sikh warrior on their kundis.

Could be so bad, it’s good? So many Canadian desi hockey comedy scenes (“Love Guru,” “Masala” 1991), and they’re all terrible :)

‘Monkey Man’

Monkey Man: Dev Patel doing John Wick in Bombay…

… crossed with the Delhi Kaala Bandar / black monkey hysteria, with a glancing nod to Mexican lucha libre

Contrasts Hanuman as “the white monkey” with Kaala Bandar

Hanuman burning Lanka

The “Rang De” mujra song × Kathakali-ish demon masks

Malignant godman is an eternal Indian trope, alludes to Sacred Games (Vipin Sharma?)

Crooked cop, probably: a Bombay classic (Sikandar Kher)

Love interest (Sobhita Dhulipala)

Corrupt party has BJP colors; they may evade censors because saffron is a Hindu trope

Class war like The White Tiger with a shot of the Mumbai metro over slums

Sharlto Copley worked with Dev in robot movie Chappie, probably why he was cast. But Dev’s the audience bridge, not the white guy. He’s accessible, Common for desis.

“Mundeya To Bachke” is basic, way overdone at this point. Plenty of bhangra and Bolly bangers to choose from.

Jordan ‘Peele… was so taken with Patel’s vision that he believed it deserved a theatrical release…
Patel plays Kid, an anonymous young man who ekes out a meager living in an underground fight club… wearing a gorilla mask, he is beaten bloody by more popular fighters for cash…
sets out on a quest for vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor [THR]


The Brown Bechdel Test

Geraldine Viswanathan, Liza Koshy as roomies in “Cat Person,” based on a viral “New Yorker” story about a white woman’s bad date (Emilia Jones).

The ultra-rare Hollyflick which passes the Brown Bechdel Test: more than one desi in a scene that’s not about desis.

Holistic romance

“10 Things I Hate About You” (Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Seattle, ’99): the Holi shot :) (paintball)

Holi romance

Based on “The Taming of the Shrew.” Title and climax based on Sonnet 141:

Baby Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Fremont bridge troll

Allison Janney hilarious as always. Nothing dates a movie faster than consumer tech

Tacoma high school which used to be a hotel. To get this shot you used to have to rent a helicopter

My Big Fat Norwegian Wedding

“Christmas As Usual”: fun Nflx fish-out-of-water rom-com with comedian Kanan Gill 🇮🇳, actress Ida Ursin-Holm 🇳🇴. “My Big Fat Norwegian Wedding,” basically, with built-in sequel in India. via RS

It’s like Chhoti [Small] Diwali, yaar

Flips a desi-Am trope: the white gal’s the one from a more conservative family, rural Norwegians

White people with their funny customs and smelly food

Awkward namaste

Norway only has around 5M people

Sipahi mutiny averted

Indian snowman 👳🏽‍♂️

Rom-coms treat the airport dash like a mandatory checkoff, like cup holders in a car

Hindu-Norway bhai bhai [are brothers]

Merry Xmas to all, and to all a good night


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