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'The Playback Singer' is a satisfying comedy-drama
'The Playback Singer' is a satisfying comedy-drama

A visit from a long-lost relative shakes up a stuck-in-neutral couple in "The Playback Singer," a comic drama set in Van Nuys that doesn't shake up a shopworn scheme, yet isn't just a rote culture-clash outing that merely connects the dots on the way to a heartwarming huddle. Droll, unforced humor and low-magnitude emotional tremors register persuasively thanks to the natural performances of the three leads. Indian actor-singer Piyush Mishra, making his English-language film debut in the title role, plays Ashok, a Bollywood soundtrack singer who's staying with Priya (Navi Rawat), the daughter he hasn't seen in almost 20 years. His stateside concert tour...

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