Film: You Can't Curry Love
Direction: Reid Waterer
Running time: 23 minutes
Country: India/United States
Ashwin Gore stars as Vikas, a handsome East Indian guy from London who gets sent for a short stint to India by his boss, Thom (Russell Reynolds). While in India, he unexpectedly falls for the front desk clerk in his hotel, Sunil (Rakshak Sahni) and the two fall in love. He then discovers more about a country he only thought he knew.
You Can't Curry Love filmmaker Reid Waterer infuses his film with a montage of cultural images that add another dimension to the movie. Cross-cutting was largely utilized throughout the film (I could tell none of the actors actually went to India), but the scenes were sewn together effectively (regardless of the occassional mismatch in the quality of the shots).
The film gives the viewer an insight on how homosexuality is perceived in a fast-rising economy like India, but at 23 minutes, the film is certainly longer than required. There were scenes that could've used tighter editing as well as others that should've been edited out all together. It simply got slow at times.
If this film had a heterosexual theme, I guess I'd call it a "chick flick" in its recurring cheeziness.
I, however, liked the fact that the film had a positive ending, as not too many gay-themed films end this way. (Review by Mark Fabillar)