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Pink Ludoos

If imitation is flattery, the most fawning movie in recent memory must be "Pink Ludoos," a feel-good Canadian pic that pilfers shamelessly from so many sources that there isn't an authentic moment in sight. Vid-shot Canadian feature looks destined for broadcast on home turf, with possible niche rental prospects abroad.

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With: Shaheen Khan, Jay Kazim, Jazz Mann, Chenier Hundal, Agam Darshi, Jolly Bader, Dylan Mukesh Puri, Natasha Wilson, Syndy De Silva, Madhu Bagga, Linda Darlow, Rohan Mathew, Max Sidhu.

If imitation is flattery, the most fawning movie in recent memory must be “Pink Ludoos,” a feel-good Canadian pic that pilfers shamelessly from so many sources (especially recent Indo-Anglo comedies like “Monsoon Wedding”) that there isn’t an authentic moment in sight. Vid-shot Canadian feature looks destined for broadcast on home turf, with possible niche rental prospects abroad.

Spunky, rebellious, etcetera young Gugan (Jay Kazim) was born in a small British Columbian coastal town, but her Western teen mindset chafes against the traditional views of her domineering mother Mrs. Dhaliwal (Shaheen Khan from “Bend It Like Beckham”). They spar in particular over a marriage promise made long ago that binds Gugan to an Indian boy she’s never met. That arrangement seems doomed when the heroine discovers she’s pregnant by an irresponsible sometime-boyfriend. Never fear: As dialogue suggests with typical inspirational banality, “Just follow your heart — change never comes easy!” Leaving no seriocomic cliche unturned, pic throws in a mute child’s out-of-nowhere “recovery,” a convenient Prince Charming, sudden lottery-ticket wealth, and (for variety in stereotypes) an Irish woman chockfull o’ sentimental blarney. Perfs are mediocre, tech aspects smooth.

Pink Ludoos

Canada

Production: A City TV and Bright Light Pictures production. Produced by Andrew Boultier, Samantha Morris, Cynthia Chapman. Executive producers, Stephen Hegyes, Shawn Williamson. Directed by Guarev Seth. Screenplay, Belle Mott.

Crew: Camera (color, video), Arthur E. Cooper; editor, Franco Pante; music, James Jandrisch; production designer, Rachel O'Toole. Reviewed at San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, March 15, 2005. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Shaheen Khan, Jay Kazim, Jazz Mann, Chenier Hundal, Agam Darshi, Jolly Bader, Dylan Mukesh Puri, Natasha Wilson, Syndy De Silva, Madhu Bagga, Linda Darlow, Rohan Mathew, Max Sidhu.

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