Post-college identity grappling gets a political twist in Amu. Kaju (Konkona Sen Sharma), a recent UCLA grad staying with relatives in Delhi to reclaim roots, learns that her parents did not die in a malaria epidemic as she had been told. Instead, they perished in the anti-Sikh riots, set off when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. Soon her self-absorbed search for authenticity expands to a deeper quest for truth. Too bad first-time writer-director Shonali Bose’s juxtaposition of the personal and the political often feels forced, and like many didactic history lessons, this one’s about 20 minutes too long.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 15, 2007

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