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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Videsh: Stark and unsettling


Watching Deepa Mehta’s “Videsh” is not a very pleasant feeling. Watching a woman getting bruised and beaten up never is.

The film is a stark, often unsettling tale that tears into a phenomenon of our times — the NRI marriage. And director Mehta does not shy away from the tough realities this film is about.

Preity Zinta plays Chand, a Ludhiana girl who is sent to Canada to get married to Rocky, a taxi driver she has never met.

Rocky lives with his family — parents, sister and her family — and Chand soon realises life as a non-resident Indian is not all it’s made out to be.