What can I say. That film was $%!#*&^@ AMAZING! It far exceeded my expectations, and I, as well as the rest of the room (thank God for those yellow subtitles), were laughing hard, I mean really hard, from start to finish. You guys did a terrific job.
I think I've watched the "Bangla Matrix" clip about 20 times, and I've showed it off to dozens of friends and relatives since first watching it. But as soon as Celeste makes your film digital, rest assured that I'll be obsessed with this film clip twice as much as I was with the Bangla Matrix clip.... that's how much I loved it, and I think I could speak for everyone else here too when I say that.
The idea of Celeste conducting research on a Bengali version of the Real World in Ann Arbor was very creative and integrated. I was very impressed with each of your acting skills. Sangita deftly portrayed a ditsy Bengali sorority-girl, even though she's not like that in real life. Munnibur was hysterical when he was talking about why he came to America, spiking up his hair in front of the mirror, and when he was pimping out Wasim. The ironic reversal of cultural heritage also made it entertaining; how Rachel and Haley competed to be the best Bengali housewife, whereas Sangita was all about her cell phone, being pretty, and US Weekly. Although Daniel wasn't one of the main characters, the whole INS thing fitted in perfectly for the plot and I cracked up when you had that cheesy stand-off with Haley. And the dance scenes with the Hindi music in the background.... funny stuff.
And finally... WASIM. The star of the show. WASIM. Words can't describe your superb acting and how unintentionally hilarious your character was. The part where you dart a stick into the river to catch fish.... priceless. Great job, man. I'm gonna name my first-born after you.
You guys all demonstrated some very impressive comedy skills, or whoever was responsible for most of the script. You guys struck a fine balance between the more serious parts of the plot with the hilarity and irony, and you maintained this rhythm all throughout. I think I'm getting jealous. If any of you decide to pursue comedy writing or stand-up later in life (even if it's not as awesome as law school, public policy, or history), do let us know ahead of time.... the world could use another Russell Peters.
Further testimony of how much I loved your work is the fact that I couldn't help but expressing my thoughts about your film on the blog right now.... 1:07am on a Thursday night, while all my senior friends are still out partying at Rick's and Scorekeepers.
If you're reading this and you enjoyed the film as much as I did, please comment on this thread right now to show your appreciation as well, so that hopefully we can brown nose Mandira into giving each of them an A+ for this semester. They worked very hard on this film, and they deserve it.
Can't wait till Celeste puts it on Google Video. I'm predicting that it'll have at least 50,000 views, a week after releasing it. You guys are gonna be famous. Make sure to give me your autographs, pretty please.
~ President Sayem Babu