A recent tweet by Shashi Tharoor, India's Minister of State for External Affairs, got him in trouble, but the tweet that caught my attention was this: "RIP Patrick Swayze – hardly any obit mentions "City of Joy" – took real career courage for him to do a film like that, and he was good in it."
I couldn't agree more. While the obits mention his roles in "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," the two movies that brought him the most acclaim, it was the 1992 Calcutta-set "City of Joy" that left a lasting impression on me. Not only did Swayze act well in the movie, so did Om Puri and Shabana Azmi. I remember leaving the movie theater with the feeling that I had gained a new perspective on life. It wasn't nominated for any Oscars, but it was definitely a good movie. I loved the fact that when it ended, unlike so many other movies, my friends didn't have to nudge me awake.