Bollywood returns to Cayman

The colour, excitement and sheer entertainment of Bollywood is coming back to Camana Bay. 

The movie, English Vinglish, will be screened on Sunday, 7 October at 10.15am at Hollywood Theaters at Camana Bay, says Anju Anora of the Indian Cayman Society. 

The movie is a PG-rated and fun family film, which received a standing ovation when it was showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Money, fame and a knowledge of English: in India these three factors play a huge role in how society judges an individual.  

English Vinglish is the story of a woman who does not know English and is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. The film is a light-hearted, yet touching and transformational journey of Shashi. Circumstances make her determined to overcome this insecurity, master the language, teach the world a lesson on the way to becoming a self assured and confident woman.  

The film is shot mostly in New York and captures the inherent struggle of many people all over the world with the English Language. Hilarious, touching, sensitive, this film marks the come back of India’s biggest female star, Sridevi. 

It comes with English subtitles and general admission is $15 with priority seating $20. Our advice is to get in quick – the last time the society put a movie on, Agent Vinod, it was completely sold out. 

“We’ve already attracted a lot of interest and there were a few who were unable to get tickets last time so we suggest people secure them as soon as possible,” Anju says. “The ticket outlets are Tulsi by The Strand, Southern Spice on Seven Mile, Treats at West Shore Mall and The DVD Store on Walkers Road.” 


Songs and dances 

Bollywood is now considered the movie capital of the world, based in Mumbai, India. It releases 800 feature films per year, double the amount that the United States produces. 

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, Anju says. 

“Bollywood films are being shown in theatres worldwide on a more and more frequent basis. 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. 

“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,” says our mate. 

The Indian Cayman Society is two years old and brings together people of Cayman from East India and those interested in culture from the Asian subcontinent.  

A Facebook page was launched, which includes info on common interests such as Bollywood, cricket, food and local information. While content is posted on the site in an engaging way, there is still a desire to meet regularly or to indeed meet new people who have just arrived in Grand Cayman, explains Anju. 


The movie will be released on 5 October and shown at Camana Bay two days later. – Photo: Submitted

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