Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Radhika Aggarwal, Lalita Ahmed, Danny Ashok, Joanna Bacon, William Beck
Director: Jon Sen
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER) stars in a vivid drama set chiefly in the curry factories, night clubs, bedrooms, and kitchens of London?s Southall neighborhood. Part King Lear, part passionate romance, the stor... more »
A rare but honest portrayl
Yaser | Toronto, Canada | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There has been a recent deluge of movies that have tried to ride Bollywood's wave of bubble-gum popularity ("Bend it like Beckham", "Bride and Prejudice", etc.). While such movies are enjoyable in their own right, none of them offer any huge revelations about Indian families, and more importantly, never come remotely close to capturing the cultural and emotional complexities of Indian diaspora as does "Second Generation."
This is an insightful film that pulls no punches in portraying the pain, struggles, and strife found in immigrant South Asian families living in the West. Heere (Parminder Nagra) is a Hindu girl engaged to a white man and as a result, is practically ostracized by her family. Despite her best attempts to bring a semblance of normalcy into her life, she finds it impossible without the approval of her father (Om Puri). In addition to playing the daughter to the tragic patriarch, Parminder also appears as his dead wife, by whom he is haunted. Her past (and soon to be renewed) love interest, Sam (Sameer) brings another dimension to the film. He is the rebel Muslim who leads a double-life of clubbing, drinking, and illicit sex unknown to his father (Anupam Kher) and more shockingly, is in love with a Hindu Girl. Heere does eventually find herself and her true love in the end, but only after much emotional trauma and grief.
Parminder plays a more feisty character in this film than she did in "Bend it like Beckham." In her own words (according to a recent interview in the Guardian), she's "more outspoken, edgy and grown-up than Jess, who would never go against her parents." The movie is also definitely star-studded--alongside Parminder are venerable veterans such as Om Puri, Anupam Kher, and Roshan Seth. Granted, there are a few awkward scenes that don't flow too well, but these are minor flaws that are more than just redeemed by the rest of the production. Finally, the film has a fantastic soundtrack with memorable beats by the impressive Nitin Sawhney.
"Second Generation" is touching and poignant, and for those of us who truly are the second generation, it definitely hits close to home."
The End | Washington, DC | 07/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Shocked to see such a harsh review for this title below. It's enormously enjoyable, and I think some of the points highlighted in the negative review below can be explained by the fact that this drama is based on Shakespeare's King Lear (e.g. the mental father). Nagra and an ensemble cast of Anglo-Indian actors provide support to the storyline very well. It's obvious Ms. Nagra is a star on the rise and here her talents are showcased brilliantly."