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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Priggish, lethargically paced parable of renewal."
‑ Nita Rao, Village Voice
"Represents a worthy departure from the culture clash comedies that have marked an emerging Indian American cinema."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"[Sen's] soap opera-ish approach undermines his good intentions."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Mostly works because of the universal themes, earnest performances ... and excellent use of music by India's popular Gulzar and Jagjit Singh."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"An unusual combination of Bollywood and Hollywood sensibilities."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"The film's overall approach is deft, and Sen resists the urge to paint any of the major characters in broad strokes."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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