What’s your Raashee?

February 8, 2010

What's your Raashee, bollywood movies

Diversity has an expanded meaning in Silicon Valley and especially in towns like ours, Sunnyvale, and those that surround it.

It’s clearly evident at stores and on the street, but it really came home to me the other day on Netflix.

I’m a big Netflix fan and a power user. I watch TV series like Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters and Army wives on Netflix DVDs, so I can blow through a whole season in days. I can turn three DVDs over in three days, and in fact, before Netflix got sued, I was one of the users they slowed down because we were not profitable for them.

If you’re also a Netflix subscriber, you know that when you browse DVDs, it will give you a list of “favorites” in your area, if you choose to look at them. The favorites rarely match up to my interests, but I’m always curious to see what they are.

When we lived in Tampa, the favorites were pretty straightforward and reflective of that population: action flicks, cute romances, suspense.

This week, in Sunnyvale, here are some of the favorites:

What’s your Raashee? To protect his family from financial ruin, Yogesh (Harman Baweja) must find and marry his dream girl in only 10 days. He rushes into dating women with different astrological signs, hoping this approach will maximize his chances at love.

Kurbaan: When a handsome young Indian couple (Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor) moves into the suburbs to claim their stake in the American dream, they are shocked to discover that they’ve become enmeshed in a secretive terrorist plot….

Lost in Beijing movie poster

Lost in Beijing movie poster

Lost in Beijing: From one of China’s most celebrated female directors, Yu Li’s provocative drama, set against the hustle and bustle of the country’s booming capital, explores the complicated relationship between three women and two men, all entangled in a web of sex, desire, jealousy and revenge.

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