Hiding Divya (2010)
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Filmmaker Rehana Mirza tackles the taboo of mental illness in the South Asian American community in her writing and directorial feature debut. HIDING DIVYA provides a rare, realistic and poignant glimpse into the lives of three generations of women - Divya Shah (Madhur Jaffrey) whose bipolar illness has been denied and covered up for years; her rebellious daughter, Linny (Pooja Kumar), who ran away from home as an unwed teen; and Linny's 16-year-old daughter, Jia (Madelaine Massey), whose
Aug 20, 2010 Limited
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Unfortunately Palini and her problems -- and her daughter, Jia, and her problems -- tend to overwhelm the story.
In the end, you're none the wiser about mental illness or even about these characters.
The plot is full of hackneyed characters and contrived events better suited to TV than the big screen.
Although well-meaning in its attempt to dramatize the stigma the subject evokes in the South Asian American community, Hiding Divya ultimately falters in its execution.
Though the leads make for a believable family unit, the performances in writer-director Rehana Mirza's thin-skinned, no-frills drama unevenly range from functional to histrionic.
Hiding Divya is so consistently sterile and unabashedly TV-movie-like that when the one great moment in the film comes around, it awakens you like a defibrillator.
Director Rehana Mirza Talks Stress, Taboo And Indian Culture In Hiding Divya
Intimate indie about a disaffected desi in Edison, N.J., who with her 16-year-old daughter must face her own mother's ever-more-evident mental illness.
Bravo to Rehana Mizra for making such an impressive writing and directorial debut here, crafting a poignant, character-driven drama bravely tackling a taboo subject in such an absorbing, entertaining and ultimately satisfying fashion.
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