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Hiding Divya

Hiding Divya (2010)

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Critic Reviews: 6
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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

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A bit more clarity would have left fewer questions lingering.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Unfortunately Palini and her problems -- and her daughter, Jia, and her problems -- tend to overwhelm the story.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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In the end, you're none the wiser about mental illness or even about these characters.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The plot is full of hackneyed characters and contrived events better suited to TV than the big screen.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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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.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Director Rehana Mirza Talks Stress, Taboo And Indian Culture In Hiding Divya

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

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.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Graced with a decisive tough love empathy and sensitivity, the significance of this story for the greater healing and collective understanding of an entire community, could not be more urgent and resonant.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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