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Most of the seven shorts on this program are engaging but conventionally filmed. The two best are parodies. Amyn Kaderali's Call Center (2004) offers an amusing if highly exaggerated spoof on outsourcing, with two Indian men providing everything from suicide-prevention advice to gay phone sex. Dishad Husain's Holly-Bolly (2004) skewers independent films and those who fund them with its portrait of a grotesque producer who says he loves his filmmakers' ethnicity, then demands “a fusion of English cockney gangster meets Bollywood”—with whites as the heroes. In G.D. Jayalakshmi's Arranged Marriage (2003) a young woman's grandfather tries to marry her off, and Richie Mehta's Amal (2004) shows a rich man's encounter with the driver of a motorized New Delhi rickshaw; both shorts have trite, heart-tugging endings. 86 min.

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