India, Aug. 24 -- Most of my adult life has been shaped by a profound passion for Hindi cinema. I've been writing about Bollywood - the industry and the movies - for almost 30 years now. In the early '90s, I got a Masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University, worked at Harper's Bazaar magazine in New York but chose to return to Mumbai because the only beat I ever wanted was Hindi film.

Over the years, I've done thousands of features, interviews and reviews in print, on TV and on digital platforms. I've written several books on Bollywood and even married into the mob. I give you this backstory only to establish that the critique that follows comes from a place of grand love.

I recently had the opportunity to host a screening...