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Hum Tum

Based loosely on When Harry Met Sally, this Bollywood romantic comedy (2004, 142 min.) covers the stormy relationship between a serious young woman (the stunning Rani Mukherjee) and a rakish cartoonist (Saif Ali Khan). “Hum Tum,” the latter character’s popular syndicated strip, provides animated intervals between scenes and inflames the gender war between the leads […]

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Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his real-life wife, Jaya, are paired on-screen for the first time in 20 years in this 2001 melodrama by Karan Johar. The Indian cinema’s other reigning god, Shah Rukh Khan, plays their adopted son, who’s disowned after he marries a cheeky young thing (Kajol) from the wrong side of Delhi. […]

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Ghulam Ali & Talat Aziz

Originating in Persia, the style of Hindustani vocal music called ghazal migrated to India in the 12th century. Ghazals are mostly love songs (the word means “to talk amorously with women”) built around formal Urdu couplets, with five or more stanzas that twist and turn but always come back to the same rhyme. Ghulam Ali, […]

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Swades

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan gives a nuanced performance in this earnest follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), playing a westernized NRI (nonresident Indian) who returns home to bring his old nanny (Kishori Ballal ) to the U.S. Touched by his country’s poverty and frustrated by traditional attitudes toward […]

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Michael Gordon

A few years ago New York new-music composer Michael Gordon hit the London discos with Damian leGassick, a computer musician who’s worked with the likes of Madonna, K.D. Lang, and Blur. LeGassick had suggested that Gordon experiment with dance music, and the ensuing collaboration produced two songs on Gordon’s new Light Is Calling (Nonesuch) that […]

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Art People: cute zine alert

Christa Donner was a huge fan of Sassy magazine when she was growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “Through them I found out about zine culture, riot grrls, and bands like Sonic Youth,” says the 29-year-old visual artist, who now edits the zine Ladyfriend. In 1993, Donner sent in some head shots and illustrations in […]