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Indie film Patang to premiere at Tribeca film fest

April 15
02:50 2011

Patang

NEW YORK: Independent filmmaker Prashant Bhargava’s first feature film Patang (The Kite) is having its US premiere at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in the World Narrative competition.

A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, Patang weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad-dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high.

When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high – a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. With naturalistic performances from actors and non-actors alike, bold, lyrical editing, vibrant cinematography and a kinetic score, Patang delights the senses and nourishes the spirit.

Six years in the making, Patang’s cast includes national award winning actress Seema Biswas (Water, Bandit Queen) alongside actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Peepli Live, Dev D. Firaaq) and Sugandha Garg (Tere Bin Laden, My Name is Khan, Janne Tu Ya Janne Na).

Previously, Bhargava’s short film Sangam had premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, garnering several awards and distinctions. The film was distributed by Film Movement and Mubi and broadcast on Arte/ZDF, The Sundance Channel and PBS.

Bhargava started out in the arts as a graffiti artist in his hometown of Chicago. He went on to study computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at The Actors Studio MFA program. For the past fifteen years, he has directed and designed commercials, music videos, title sequences and promos.

Public screenings of Patang at the Tribeca Film Festival are scheduled for April 21, 24, 25 and 29. Each screening will be followed with a Q&A with director Bhargava.

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