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I Can’t Think Straight

Posted by surfingall on May 4, 2010

It’s a pity that films about alternate sexuality have to come wrapped in diverting and or glamourised packaging. Hence Deepa Mehta’s much-applauded “Fire” was not so much about lesbianism as about two neglected daughters-in-law in a crowded Delhi home finding comfort in each other’s arms.Even Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” was set in the Wild West, where apparently rodeos and ranchers have their own moral codes. Where is that one modern film on alternate sexuality set in a normal humdrum place we all can recognise and be comfortable in?

Shamim Sarif’s “I Can’t Think Straight” is set in the urban jungle. And the most amusing aspect of the rather-flimsy plot is that the characters’ genteel gestures of classiness are often shown to have desires and cravings that don’t tally with conventional definitions of decorum. So what do we have here? An upper class Muslim girl Leyla (Sheetal Seth) – soft, vulnerable and surprisingly…


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