Desi movies in bay area

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The Bay Area's newest movie complex features concessionaires dressed in saris, films from Bombay and special tea and snacks that let patrons imagine they're in the middle of India. The India Movie Centera six-screen theater in Sunnyvale that opened March 9, is the latest that Bollywood -- the Bombay-based studio system -- is big business here. Need more proof? Drive to Fremont Boulevard in Fremont, where the Naz 8 cineplex regularly sells out showings of its most popular Indian films. More proof? Go online to www. Indian movies have never been more popular.

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Because the audience for Indian films has expanded so much in the United States and other countries, studios now make films like "American Desi," a comedy about Indo American college students who study hard and stumble their way through romantic pursuits. The characters in "Desi" speak perfect English, listen to rap music, put up Malcolm X posters in their dorms and joke about everything from religion to language.

For the past three weeks, "Desi" has played simultaneously at the Naz 8 and the India Movie Center, drawing packed houses every day. Muvva, 36, may be typical of the estimatedIndo Americans who live in the Bay Area. A lifelong movie fan, Muvva left southern India for the United States to work as an engineer. After saving money, he opened an Indian restaurant in Sunnyvale, then acted on the impulse to start his own theater when the AMC multiplex at a Sunnyvale mall went out of business. Shiraz Jivaniwho opened the Naz 8 in Novembershows films in 27 languages -- including Tagalog, Cantonese and Urdu -- though Indian movies are his staple.

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In a typical Bollywood film, the actors and actresses sing love songs, dress and dance extravagantly, act with flair and drama and use deception and violence when necessary. Campy, sexy and fun to watch, Bollywood films are seen by about 1 billion people every year, with growing s of fans in the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia and North America.

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Bollywood makes more than movies annually, dwarfing Hollywood's output. It's no wonder, then, that fan magazines, Web sites and TV shows are devoted to chronicling the gossip and goings-on of everyone in Bollywood. More thanpeople are expected to vote in the Planetbollywood. Among the : best villain, best comic performance, best male singer. The poll comes at a fortuitous time. Two weeks ago, the National Awards, India's equivalent of the Oscarsended in controversy when Gautam Ghosha well-known director, returned his honor for best Bengali film, saying the voting was "farcical, with reports of rigged.

At the end of our poll, we'll have a true selection. Charges of Bollywood vote-rigging coincide with reports that India's mafia controls the financing of many films there. But that association has not hurt Bollywood at the box office. For example, "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke," a long- awaited Bollywood blockbuster about a married couple unable to have children, has played for six straight weeks at the Naz 8. It opened there while its producer, Nadeem Rizviwas jailed in India on charges of financing the film with underworld money.

Of course, Indian films are more than just Bollywood.

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Satyajit Raywhose humanist movies are among the finest in cinematic history, won an honorary Academy Award inshortly before his death. And Mira Nair became a name in film circles 13 years ago when "Salaam Bombay," her touching film about street children in India, won the Camera d'Or for best first film at Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar.

Bollywood, however, drives the marketplace for Indian cinema, giving moviegoers a chance to escape into spectacular scenes of glory, romance and musical epiphanies. The demand for Indian film is so high that Jivani is considering franchising the Naz name so that multiplexes can open in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and other U. With three Bay Area theaters that specialize in Indian movies, and with countless stores here that rent and sell Indian films, fans of Shahrukh Khan, Salman KhanRani Mukherjee and Bollywood's other biggest stars can see a new Indian film every day of the week if they want.

Made by Indo Americans, "Desi" doesn't have singing and dancing. Instead, it's the sort of lighthearted comedy whose humor and insight could easily appeal to non-Indians. We can keep in touch with our culture by way of movies. For show times and information about the Naz 8 multiplex in Fremont, go to www.

To vote in the PlanetBollywood poll, go to www.

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