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In this austere, even arid retelling of the story from Feodor Dostoyevsky's novel, all the characters have been transferred to an Indian setting. The "idiot," or title character is an upper-class man who has been transformed by his experiences into someone who takes a close and minute interest in improving the lives of those around him. By the standards of upper-class Russian (or in this case, Indian) society, he has become an "idiot" and is quite literally insane. This unguardedly saintly behavior...more