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.
Drama , Romance
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Amol Mhatre
as Kris/Krishna
Vinod Khanna
as Nashaad
Deepti Naval
as Chaitali
Kyle Erby
as Jamaal
Sarayu Rao
as Mira
Partha Dey
as Shantanu
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Critic Reviews for Leela

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

Priggish, lethargically paced parable of renewal.

Full Review… | November 12, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

[Sen's] soap opera-ish approach undermines his good intentions.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

An unusual combination of Bollywood and Hollywood sensibilities.

November 7, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

November 7, 2002
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

The film's overall approach is deft, and Sen resists the urge to paint any of the major characters in broad strokes.

November 7, 2002

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