Hiding Divya
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Filmmaker Rehana Mirza tackles the taboo of mental illness in the South Asian American community in her writing and directorial feature debut. HIDING DIVYA provides a rare, realistic and poignant glimpse into the lives of three generations of women - Divya Shah (Madhur Jaffrey) whose bipolar illness has been denied and covered up for years; her rebellious daughter, Linny (Pooja Kumar), who ran away from home as an unwed teen; and Linny's 16-year-old daughter, Jia (Madelaine Massey), whose emotional turmoil is buried under a veil of secrecy. Combining the deft humor of Mirza's award… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bit more clarity would have left fewer questions lingering."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The plot is full of hackneyed characters and contrived events better suited to TV than the big screen."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Hiding Divya is so consistently sterile and unabashedly TV-movie-like that when the one great moment in the film comes around, it awakens you like a defibrillator."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"Bravo to Rehana Mizra for making such an impressive writing and directorial debut here, crafting a poignant, character-driven drama bravely tackling a taboo subject in such an absorbing, entertaining and ultimately satisfying fashion."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Unfortunately Palini and her problems -- and her daughter, Jia, and her problems -- tend to overwhelm the story."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Although well-meaning in its attempt to dramatize the stigma the subject evokes in the South Asian American community, Hiding Divya ultimately falters in its execution."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Director Rehana Mirza Talks Stress, Taboo And Indian Culture In Hiding Divya"
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"Graced with a decisive tough love empathy and sensitivity, the significance of this story for the greater healing and collective understanding of an entire community, could not be more urgent and resonant."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"In the end, you're none the wiser about mental illness or even about these characters."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Though the leads make for a believable family unit, the performances in writer-director Rehana Mirza's thin-skinned, no-frills drama unevenly range from functional to histrionic."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Intimate indie about a disaffected desi in Edison, N.J., who with her 16-year-old daughter must face her own mother's ever-more-evident mental illness."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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