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Dark face of Indian cinema opens NY festival

Published on Oct 26, 2012 8:22 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - If you're expecting glamorous dancers and catchy music from an Indian movie, then Miss Lovely, the opening film at New York's South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF), delivers a shock.

Actually, there is a segment of glitter, music and a beautiful actress leading a dance line. But that's in the last seconds, following more than 100 minutes of crawling around in the violent, illegal belly of the Bollywood film industry.

Miss Lovely, which has not been given a commercial release in India, is nevertheless all about Indian cinema, only seen from the viewpoint of the grifters, pornographers and schlock purveyors who deliver sex-horror movies to a huge underground audience.

By the time that closing dance routine arrives - the first of the movie - it comes steeped in irony and tragedy.

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