A Desi Filmmaker's Manifesto Part I

If I ever get around to finishing something creative, its title will not have the words karma, masala, chutney, chai, namaste or curry in it.

It will not star Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Nandana Sen, Rahul Bose or any of the Jaffrey clan. I will make an exception for Tabu and Irrfan Khan, however.

It will not be about identity crisis.

It will not be a Fish Out Of Water film.

It will not feature well off programmers yearning for meaning beyond Atherton mansions.

There will not be any straight up Bollywood dance pastiches in the film.

There won't be fake Gurus taking advantage of gullible Westerners. Tempting, I know.

There's more to be added. Let me know of some of the things you'd like to see and some you'd rather never ever see again.

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- March 7, 2010 10:45 PM // Diaspora , Film