No LSD in the USA

LSD%202 No LSD in the USA

After hearing Anupama Chopra’s favorable of review of Love Sex aur Dhokha last Friday, I was really looking forward to catching it this week.   Imagine my surprise when I checked the Big Cinemas website for show times and saw it wasn’t showing here. In fact it wasn’t showing anywhere in the US.

When I contacted the folks at Phoenix Big Cinemas to ask when we’d be getting LSD and I was told “This film has not been picked up for overseas distribution.”

Moreover, they had contacted the producer in India, demonstrating interest in screening the film in North America, and did not get a response.

At this point, I was told, it does not seem likely that the film will get a US release.

Not content to leave it at that, I reached out to someone at Balaji Telefilms and I was told that they had held off sending the film over to the US until they saw how it would   – ahem – perform in India.

Now that the film is a hit, they’re weighing the merits of putting it on the festival circuit, or sending it over in another fortnight or so.

And then the man uttered the same old chestnut I’ve heard from other desi film distributors “US audiences only want to see films with big stars.”   Everyone seems to have convinced themselves that if it’s not a YRF flic, or have Aamir or ShahRukh in the lead, the film is doomed to fail on our shores.   I disagree.   I think with some good promos and creative marketing in the weeks preceding a release of a more indie type movie like LSD or Dev.D, folks would come out to see what’s on offer.

Let’s see what April brings”¦

UPDATE: heard back over the weekend that Love Sex aur Dhokha will not be coming to desi cinemas in the US now, because it’s going the festival route.

Please, Mark Thompson, don’t take away my Raj & Pablo

 Please, Mark Thompson, dont take away my Raj & Pablo

I don’t know how many years it’s been since I started listening to the BBC Asian Network, but it’s been a while now.   I loved this station from the get-go for all the bhangra and the chat shows and the radio soap opera, and soon I was listening to it at work and downloading podcasts to take on the go.

And the biggest discovery for me was the irreverent pair Raj and Pablo and their weekly show about the Hindi fillum biz, Love Bollywood, and it became a staple for me.   I wouldn’t miss it for anything.   They have weekly call-ins from Bombay with Rajeev Masand for the latest gupshup and they also interview the biggest names in the biz.

I was saddened and concerned to hear that the entire BBC Asian Network may be shut down as part of the Beeb’s cost-cutting measures.

Given how large the South Asian community is in the UK, and how far back the community’s roots in the UK go, it seems terribly impolitic for the BBC to even consider doing away with the rich and varied offerings of this station.   It’s quite a distinction to have an entire BBC Network devoted to the community, and if I were Asian, it’d feel like a slight to see it on the chopping block all of a sudden.

If you’d like to learn the latest news about what’s being done to influence the BBC before they make a final decision, and find out how you can get involved, visit the Save the Asian Network website.