Resistance to The Force is futile, so I ended up at the theater anyway. My wife wanted a distraction and wasn't wanting to be seen in a Star Wars movie, so we ended up in a very large auditorium as the only alien species present. In fact this was the only time we can remember in 36 years of being together when we were both aliens at the same time. The theater was entirely filled with Indians. Fortunately we arrived 40 minutes early, because it sold out completely and we would not have gotten a decent seat otherwise.
Thus, we found ourselves watching a Hindi movie with English subtitles, Bajirao Mastani. The Indians are taking over Fremont, California, and as the saying goes, "If you can't beat them, join them".
My sense is that the setting and story line were concocted for the more important aspects of the visual effects along with the singing and dancing. The purported setting being the rise of a Hindu empire that was gradually reducing the Moguls. The theme of the movie seems to be something like "love conquers religion", although there are some, um, minor snags along the way. Like the first wife. And the fact that a military general needs to spend almost all of his time in the field, rather than dallying around with his wives. Then we need to explain how it is that the general, being married to an actual Miss Universe, becomes exclusively enamored with another woman. But I am not Indian, so I won't pursue this line too far. The ending seemed a bit Shakespearean to me.
What I wonder the most about this is the handling of polygamy vs monogamy. The surface message is that monogamy is the only things acceptable, but some religions promote polygamy. There is another part of the movies message that it is somehow cruel to suppress the true love that can only be realized in polygamy. I tend to view love more as an issue of responsible commitment, so there is no question of polygamy. But then again, I am not Indian.