AMC Loews Rio Cinemas, Theater 1
Feature Film: Waiting
About the Film
Veteran acting legend Naseeruddin Shah and rising star Kalki Koechlin (MARGARITA WITH A STRAW) are the charismatic stars of director Anu Menon’s drama WAITING, playing two strangers who meet in a hospital, where their respective partners lie in a coma. Their meeting sees them start to re-examine what they want to do with their lives as they deal with their grief and sadness. But while it might sound gloomy, the film is punctuated with moments of warmth and humor as they each bond with each other and learn to deal with loss.
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor
PREMIERED AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD LONDON ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
CLOSING FILM AT LOS ANGELES INDIA FILM FESTIVAL
Director: Anu Menon
After a decade in advertising in India and Singapore, Anu Menon decided to pursue filmmaking. She graduated from the London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking and a rare distinction. Her short films RAVI GOES TO SCHOOL, FOCK HELEN and HARRY AND BABY have screened at various festivals including at Tribeca and Edinburgh. Her debut feature was LONDON PARIS NEW YORK (2012).
Language: Hindi, English
An upwardly mobile indian american physician and his socialite wife have achieved material success as immigrants in the US. Their happiness and sense of self-worth is further boosted when both their children choose to pursue lucrative professions. The only regret for the father is that he has not yet been able to procure membership to an exclusive golf club especially since his rival and best friend has been able to get into the club before him. As the story develops, other cracks emerge to mar the happiness of the family till things come to a head and we find that things are not always as they seem on the surface.
Cast: Sushil Rattan, Samira Awasthi, Sangeeta Agrawal, Goldie Manocha, Arjun Awasthi, Isha Misra
Director: Suneeta Misra
Suneeta Misra has been a Maryland public school teacher for the last 20 years. She has made a documentary on the education of dalit in modern India in 2011. As part of this documentary, she explored the challenges faced by young dalit girls in their goal of achieving a high school education. This documentary has been shown as part of World Kids International traveling Film Festival at Mumbai, India and at the DC South Asian Film Festival held on June 1-3, 2012 in Washington DC. Her latest effort is a short film, “A Good Match” which has been completed in January of this year. Currently, she is working on a documentary project called “the Tawaifs of Basuka,” which she plans to complete in 2016-2017.
Fanny Pack is a comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.
Cast: Brian George (Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory)
Director: Uttera Singh
After attending her parents school and dashing their dreams of her becoming a teacher, Uttera moved to New york to pursue a degree in Journalism and Theatre Arts from Adelphi University. While she loved the craft of acting, she soon realized she wasn’t being offered roles that she found challenging. She decided to take matters into her own hands, and applied to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She recently graduated with a degree in writing and directing. Uttera divides her time between india and Los Angeles and enjoys having adventures and writing about them.
Genre: Drama, Comedy