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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 emotional turmoil is buried under a veil of secrecy. Combining the deft humor of Mirza's award winning shorts with the philosophical twists of her acclaimed theatre plays, the film tells a story of denial, shame, guilt and love. -- (C) Net Effect


Pooja Kumar
as Palini "Linny" Shah
Madhur Jaffrey
as Divya Shah
Deep Katdare
as Ravi Das
Stu Richel
as John Cooper
Norm Golden
as Fred Mason
Ajay Naidu
as Divya's husband
Anar Vilas
as Young Divya
Sabina Shah
as Divya's Sister
Elisa De La Roche
as Heena Auntie
Viji Nathan
as Irfana Auntie
Anupama Torgal
as Kavita Auntie
Manu Narayan
as Irfana Auntie's Son
Sorab Wadia
as Sari Shop Owner
Nina Metha
as Sari Shop Assistant
Sakina Jaffrey
as Dr. Sharma
Savera Hunsberger
as Little Girl Throwing Holi
Andrea Smith
as Patient #2
John Sladek
as Patient #3
Jackie Chung
as Police Officer #1
Leoni Pimentel
as Police Officer #2
Neil Shah
as Temple Caretaker
Anna Itty
as Temple Caretaker's Wife
Sam Weerahandi
as Samosa complainer
DJ Rekha
as Herself
Chris Keogh
as Beefy Biker
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Critic Reviews for Hiding Divya

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

A bit more clarity would have left fewer questions lingering.

August 27, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Unfortunately Palini and her problems -- and her daughter, Jia, and her problems -- tend to overwhelm the story.

August 27, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

In the end, you're none the wiser about mental illness or even about these characters.

August 20, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

The plot is full of hackneyed characters and contrived events better suited to TV than the big screen.

August 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
Top Critic

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…
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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…
Village Voice
Top Critic

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