Leela (2002)


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Leela. a professor at Bombay University, takes an assignment to teach South Asian history as a visiting professor at a university in California, USA. She leaves behind her 'shair' husband Nashaad to find her own space and happiness, with a promise that she would write to him everyday. There she comes in contact with her student Kris, an 18year old Indo-American, caught in his identity crisis. Leela becomes friends with Chaitali, Kris' mother, who is also a professor in that university and soon learns what it means to be truly independent for the first time in her life.


Critic Reviews for Leela

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

Priggish, lethargically paced parable of renewal.

Nov 12, 2002 | Full Review…
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[Sen's] soap opera-ish approach undermines his good intentions.

Nov 8, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An unusual combination of Bollywood and Hollywood sensibilities.

Nov 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Represents a worthy departure from the culture clash comedies that have marked an emerging Indian American cinema.

Nov 7, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Mostly works because of the universal themes, earnest performances ... and excellent use of music by India's popular Gulzar and Jagjit Singh.

Nov 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

This NRI identity-crisis formula is already getting tiresome.

Jan 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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