Hindi movie hideout from the heat

Now that the heat’s truly upon us for real, those of us without air-conditioning seek out the cool spots. I’m talking about the movies. Because they’re super-long and because the brand-new releases are screened here in Austin almost weekly these days, the Hindi (or “Bollywood”) movies are a great attraction. The Chron always mentions them as new in town, but merely summarizes plots because there aren’t advance screenings. The NYT has lately been reviewing these movies (Chak de India, this week’s offering, with no dancing, alas, and Cash, which showed here last week and had a lot of hip-hop influences in the choreography). It’s always possible to Google using “wikipedia hindi movie [title of movie–in this case Chak de India”] for cast lists and links to reviews and official sites. This week’s movie stars Shah Rukh Khan, whom I think of as the Fernando Colunga of India (if you follow telenovelas, you’ll know what I mean, except that Fernando Colunga doesn’t dance). The Tinseltown South site has the most accurate schedules. Tinseltown is the current screening location for these movies. When I fall in love with the music from one of these movies, I usually find it at MGM Indian Foods. Right now, I’m listening to the music from Fanaa. We’re very lucky to be able to see these movies on the big screen, where they belong for their cinematic qualities, which always provide a visual treat, in the same way that so many of the Cantonese and Mandarin movies do. The Austin Public Library (Spicewood and Howson, e.g.) is beginning to acquire Hindi movies, which is wonderful, but they truly deserve a gigantic screen.

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