Bollywood movie, Indian food and loads of great company

Namaste! If you’re into the colours, tastes and movies of fabulous India, you’re going to want to keep the morning of Sunday, 25 March free.

To be exact, 10am at Hollywood Theatres in Camana Bay is the place to be – dressed in traditional Indian or glamorous attire – for the red carpet film premiere of Agent Vinod.

The rip roaring, two-hour movie is brought to you through the Indian Cayman Society and our new buddy Anju Arora tells us it’s going to be quite the occasion.

“Saif Ali Khan (a well respected Bollywood actor the equivalent of a Tom Cruise) plays a lead role opposite his real life girlfriend, Bollywood diva superstar Kareena Kapoor, in this action-packed, pulse-pounding thriller,” she tells us. “Buckle up for a fast-paced ride as a series of seemingly unconnected events across the world lead Agent Vinod on a globe-trotting mission to discover why his colleague was murdered. It’s a brand new release, which will be launched globally just two days before we screen it.”
Yowee! Sounds awesome and if you were wondering, yep, the movie does have English subtitles.

There’s food too

But it gets better than that, Anju explains.

“A traditional intermission will take place during which complimentary Indian food will be served. Southern Spice are catering for the event,” she says. “The menu hasn’t been finalised but suffice to say both vegetarian and non-veg won’t go home disappointed; there’ll be enough for everyone to feel satisfied.”

A fabulous way to begin a Sunday, we’re sure you will agree. Bollywood – the nickname for the Indian film industry located in Mumbai – is the movie capital of the world, she says.

“Fourteen million Indians go to the movies on a daily basis – about 1.4 per cent of the population of 1 billion – and pay the equivalent to the average Indian’s day’s wages of US$1 to US$3 to see any of the over 800 films churned out by Bollywood each year. That’s more than double the number of feature films produced in the United States,” she says. “Movies include dozens of songs and dances, top stars, the story between the songs of boy meets girl, lots of action and always a happy ending. Bollywood has been successful due to its successful recipe of providing a few hours of escapism.”

Community fabric

Bollywood films are being shown in theatres worldwide on a more frequent basis, she adds.

“These theatres have become part of the fabric of the community, particularly for South Asian communities around the world. Though separated by vast distance from home, South Asians have found Bollywood films to be a great way of staying in touch with their culture,” she says.

“The Indian Cayman Society would like to extend the invitation to non-Asians on island to allow them to experience some of the colourful magic that Bollywood has to offer and to educate them on the cultural experience, hence the film being screened will have English subtitles.”

The Indian Cayman Society is less than 1 year old and is there to bring people from various industries in Cayman together.

“Bound by common interests such as Bollywood, cricket, food and local information, the content is posted on the Facebook site in an engaging way, however there is still a desire to meet regularly or to indeed meet new people who have just arrived in Grand Cayman,” we’re told.

And although the society is predominately aimed toward Indians, everyone is welcome ‘to experience a taste of the East’.

Nuff said. The world is big; celebrate diversity and rejoice in similarity.

When that includes things like a love for Indian food and happy endings how can we resist

The movie is suitable for ages 8 and up. Tickets are $25 and available in advance only at Tulsi on The Strand, Southern Spice on Seven Mile, Shop Right or The DVD Store on Walkers Road or available by calling 927-2071.

The movie is suitable for ages 8 and up. Tickets are $25 and available in advance only at Tulsi on The Strand, Southern Spice on Seven Mile, Shop Right or The DVD Store on Walkers Road or available by calling 927-2071.

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