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First-time writer/director Somnath Sen presents this film about the identity crises experienced by South-Asian Indians living in the United States. Dimple Kapadia stars in the titular role of Leela, a self-confident professor at the University of Bombay. When she is offered a chance to come to California to work as a visiting professor, she takes the opportunity, leaving her husband behind with the promise that she'll write every day. Once in the U.S., Leela meets Kris (Amol Mhatre), a college student who feels torn between two cultures, as he was born in the States to parents who… More
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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