What’s Love Got to Do With It?

India Cultural Center of Greenwich


The Avon Theater




Saturday, May 16th

11:00 AM

Post-Film Q&A with Director Rohena Gera
Avon Theatre
272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT
Tickets: FREE Event 
co-sponsored by ICC Greenwich & the Avon Theater
Tickets available on a first come, first served basis at The Avon box office.

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? portrays an India that is rarely seen on screen, an India of seemingly-westernized individuals grappling with the expectations of a traditional society. The conflict in this film is not overt, with parents bullying hapless young adults into marriage. Instead it is a subtle and insidious conflict, with parents rationally convincing their globe-trotting offspring into submission. It is a dynamic that erodes the individual’s sense of self and reinforces gender, caste and class stereotypes. As the story unfolds we understand what compels these upwardly mobile individuals to choose their spouses as they would choose their next car: comparing and analyzing the various features. We see the unashamedly practical approach, where money and status are paramount. The movie captures the undercurrents and strains that drive decision-making and make the celebration of two people coming together into an accomplishment for the entire family.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: ROHENA GERA was born in India, educated at Stanford University and Sarah Lawrence College in the United States, and has lived several years in Paris, making her an insider and outsider to India. She has worked in film and television for over 15 years and has worked with Bollywood directors like Kunal Kohli and Rohan Sippy, as well as less mainstream directors like Ram Madhvani and Santosh Sivan. Gera also worked on the award-winning television series Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, which preceded Ugly Betty. She independently produced and directed a non-profit campaign Stop the Hatred, which featured Amitabh Bachchan, Zakir Husain, Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker, Sachin Tendulkar and various others. This was screened in 240 cinemas and on all national television channels. She also executive produced a music video for Breakthrough featuring Anupam Kher and Rahul Bose in a song by Shubha Mudgal.
LANGUAGE: In Hindi & English with English subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

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