I am not much of a movie buff. But I do enjoy well researched, stimulating, entertaining productions of talented actors/actresses/directors. Fusion of East and West is a growing theme in desi movies. I have made references to and drawn lessons from few in the book – Understanding the Coconut Generation.
Here are some links to the growing breed of films: American Chai, ABCD, American Desi, Bend it like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach, Bride & Prejudice, Chutney Popcorn, East is East, Flavors, Green Card Fever, The Guru, Harold & Kumar go to white castle, Heat and Dust, Hollywood, Bollywood
Coconut generation has fused food habits, blended fashion trends, merged the East and the West, amalgamated belief systems and have developed a unique sense of identity, conscience and spirituality. The literature of Indian diaspora tops best-seller lists and fusion food is served at the trendiest restaurants in London and New York. The popular glue of Bollywood (and its siblings Tollywood and Mollywood) has played a crucial role in creating a universal consciousness of the subcontinent.
Biculturalim is a reality with the Coconut generation. It is no more one or the other. Once upon a time, people cherished cultural purity and mixed people were marginalized and despised. Cultural pedigree was preserved, sought after and enforced. But lately, cultural intelligence in multiple worlds is seen as strength. Hybrids possess an exceptional ability to see at once inside and out. The in-between-ness has become a place of power and influence. The margins have become the new center!
Coconut generation will lead us into this new world reality!