South Asian Shorts | Chicago Reader

South Asian Shorts

The centerpiece of this program, My Friend Su (54 min., 2001), is a meandering portrait of an Indian man who says he isn't gay even though he loves men, because he feels he's really a woman. Director Neeraj Bhasin presents him in indulgent, real-time long takes, and despite a few moments of emotional authenticity this video is an unrevealing, crushing bore. Much better are two of the three shorts. In Georgina Maddox and Shalini Kantayya's Bombay Longing (2001) bright fruits in close-up become metahaphors for sex and love; in Tejal Shah's Untitled III (2000) two women are seen as body fragments floating in darkness, simultaneously evoking togetherness, absence, and loss. 78 min.


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