Anyone who's grown up in India would be familiar with the diverse religions and their rituals that permeate the environment. Writers and actors tend to be particularly tuned in to the cultural zeitgeist.
Let me suggest trying some of Netflix's selection of Bollywood movies. I've recently watched a bunch of these, and at the very least, they're more compelling than some Nicholas Cage-paying-off-his-debt-to-the-IRS medieval action flick.
With Shakti, I watched videos of her dance and I felt increasingly connected to this girl. She was a little less than a month older than me, we were both born in 1985 in vastly different parts of the world and here she had traveled thousands of miles to create something with me.
Malini Agarwal is India's most famous blogger; an independent, effervescent young woman who has turned a hobby into a business, desire into reality and a whole lot of passion into an enormously successful brand.
In a very short time spent with this media maven it was clear to me that there's absolutely no stopping her -- the sky's the limit -- and after reading the interview below I'm sure you'll feel the same.
There were no choreographed dance sequences, no lip-synched songs, so while Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) may not have been a typical Bollywood blockbuster, it is paving the way for a new era in Indian cinema.