Friday, August 27, 2010

5 Eye Finale - It's Bollywood Time!

I hope you'll join us for the grand finale of the 5 Eye Asian Film festival this Sunday, August 29.  It's Bollywood night in Mount Vernon Triangle.  The free outdoor movie is Lage Rano Munna Bhai or "Munnabhai Meets Mahatma Gandhi" (2006, PG).  An Indian dance performance will precede the film.

In this flick, a hilarious underworld gangster known as Munna Bhai falls comically in love with a radio host by the name of Jahnvi, who runs an elders' home, which is taken over by an unscrupulous builder, who gets the residents kicked out ironically with the help of Munna's sidekick, Circuit, while Munna is busy romancing Jahnvi elsewhere. Munna, who is now masquerading as a Professor specializing in the life of Mahatma Gandhi, must now battle his very own forces and the builder - but he has one ally on his side - none other than the great man - Mahatma Gandhi himself. Only trouble is that Munna may have problems convincing everyone about this presence - as he is apparently is the only one who can see and hear him. The movie won numerous foreign awards. It's in Hindi with English subtitles.

Thanks to all of those who came out and joined us for this series.  Once again, I'd like express my appreciation to all those who came together to make this film series happen, including the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, Asia Heritage Foundation, Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association, Convention Center Community Asssociation, Chinese Community Benevolent Alliance, Chinatown Revitalization Council, Shaw Together, and the 555 Massachusetts Avenue, CityVista, and Madrigal Lofts condo boards. Generous financial support was also provided by Mandu Traditional Korean Cuisine, Kushi Izakaya & Sushi, 425 Massachusetts Avenue NW, The Donohoe Companies & The Arts at 5th & I, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, and Miller Copying Service. Special thanks to Franklin Parking for providing use of the lot and BicycleSPACE for supplying power. The community appreciates the support of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in US.  A special thanks to our planning committee -- Bill McLeod, Wuiping Yap, Thais Austin, Natalie Ferguson, Renee Killian, and Laura Gramling.

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