Subzi Mandi

Please note: Subzi Mandi is no longer a part of the Going Out Guide.
Daily 11:00am- 8:00pm

Editorial Review

The two Subzi Mandi stores in Maryland claim the area's largest selection of films from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Langley Park branch has more than 6,000 titles and the Rockville location about 3,000.

"Most of the people who come here like to see movies in their own language," says owner Samir Talati. "There are a lot of grandfathers and grandmothers who stay at home and don't like American movies. They can see these and feel a connection to their culture." Older viewers go for the religious films, he says, while younger families take home the action films, romances and dramas.
About 90 percent of the films are in the Hindi language. The remainder is divided between the Telugu and Tamil languages.

Only some of the moves are subtitled. But that doesn't stop the other movie buffs from enjoying these movies. Talati says patrons include Americans who have visited the Indian subcontinent, as well as many Ethiopians, Kenyans and other Africans.

-- Neal Learner