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October 6: The closing gala at the Calgary International Film Festival. about 700 people are lined up to see Deepa Mehta's _Bollywood/Hollywood_ and having seen the trailer at other CIFF features, we're all pumped. The crowd is a nice demographic mix if Indians and non-Indians, all portending a crossover hit (not to mention a hit, period) for Mehta, who is in attendance with two of the stars. Too much glamour for Calgary! But the thing is... the movie just wasn't that good. Predictable, too few musical numbers, without the drama and complexity of Monsoon Wedding (a movie to which B/H will unfortunately be compared). B/H felt old. It was telling that the closing sequence, when all the cast members came out onto a stage to dance during the closing credits, felt forced, unjoyous, as if Mehta has a tin ear for this sort of thing. I really wanted to like this movie, displaying as it does the resplendant and massive East Indian community in Toronto (and which is a community that absolutely sets Canadian cities apart from US ones- Toronto's East Indian community is, per capita, more than four times as large as that of New York's; even Calgary and Edmonton eclipse every major US city in this regard), but it needs a better filmmaker.
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