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Side Streets

1998
1h 56m
Comedy
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Cast

Valeria Golino (Sylvie Otti)Rosario Dawson (Marisol Hidalgo)Shabana Azmi (Mrs. Chandra Bipin Raj)Jennifer Esposito (Jessica)Shashi Kapoor (Vikram Raj)Miho Nikaido (Yuki Shimamura)David Vadim (Josif Iscovescu)Art Malik (Bipin Raj)Leon (Errol Boyce)Joanna Adler (Policewoman Two)Peter Appel (Boomir)Victor Argo (Albani Krug)Marie Barrientos (Lydia)Kalimi Baxter (Maggie)Gregg Bello (Jimi)Helene Cara (Mrs. Petrescu)Kathleen Chalfant (Nanda)Oscar A. Colon (Mr. Hidalgo)

Director

Tony Gerber

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Synopsis

Staten Island cab-driver Bipin Raj picks up a passenger and mistakes her for a movie star; he tells her that his brother, Vikram Raj, is a Bollywood megastar with millions of fans and is currently living with him and his wife and two children. But all is not hunky-dory in the Raj household, for Mrs. Chandra Bipin Raj's initial thrill at meeting her megastar brother-in-law has simmered down and she is anxious for him to leave. Vikram Raj might have been a handsome man in his younger years, but now he is a grossly-overweight, macho, lazy alcoholic. But all is not lost: several ardent fans visit him and dance to his film songs, much to Chandra's exasperation. A few days later, Vikram claims that Al Pacino has phoned him and wants to meet to discuss a film script. The Raj family gives him a fond farewell. This short story, as well as the stories of a dress-designer, a drug-dealer working at a meat-shop, and a beauty queen's slacker husband, introduce people of diverse cultures living their separate yet inter-connected lives in this busy metropolis.

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