By Anya Shukla
I’m Indian-American. But until recently, I had a preconception of Bollywood movies: they were filled with over-the-top acting, wacky plots, and overt green screen usage. Anathema to a Hollywood born-and-bred gal like me. Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun stands in stark contrast to my sugar-coated image of Indian cinema.
Andhadhun evokes an unnerving feeling of suspense, perfectly encapsulated in one slow, eerie dolly shot of a maroon, poster-lined hallway. That sense of faint foreboding, coupled with the movie’s dramatic narrative, constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. The plot is dense—a blind piano player witnesses two murders, then tries to catch the killers and also land the girl of his dreams and also move to London. But this film was made for Indian audiences: what Americans find over-the-top, is, in Bollywood, just right. And the storyline’s complexity doesn’t keep its twists and turns from being any less revelatory.
Our latest interviewee is Shree Balasubramaniyan, a South Asian singer and musician. Shree performs Carnatic music through NK Tunes and also sings in Vocalpoint! Seattle, an all-girls choir that performs 80s pop numbers at concerts throughout the year. Rehearsals are intense, with thirty-hour weeks before shows, but Shree wouldn't trade Vocalpoint! for the world. Check out the video below to learn more about Shree's journey!