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WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

THE KITE

Directed by Prashant Bhargava
FEATURE NARRATIVE 93 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE KITE

Set against the dynamic and colorful spectacle of India's largest kite festival, the Uttarayan, The Kite is a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of energy, romance, and family turmoil. After a five-year absence, businessman Jayesh arrives in the vibrant Gujarati metropolis of Ahmedabad for a surprise visit to his once-grand ancestral home, bringing with him his grown daughter Priya and some unexpected news for the family's future. While Jayesh is greeted with suspicion by the family matriarch Ba, his widowed sister-in-law Sudha, and resentful nephew Chakku, Priya breaks free and begins a flirtation with an earnest young local named Bobby.

A Southern Gothic family saga transposed to India, The Kite weaves the intersecting narratives of its six characters into the lively bustle of the kite festival itself. As Priya wanders the streets among the revelry with a Super 8 camera, her footage too is incorporated into the film's fabric, making first-time director Prashant Bhargava's film a sumptuous experience of light, color, and music, as the family comes to terms with its fractured past and fragile dreams.

Drama
About the Director(s)
PRASHANT BHARGAVA makes his feature debut with The Kite. His short Sangam premiered at Sundance, garnering several awards. Prashant started out in the arts as a graffiti artist and went on to study computer science at Cornell and theatrical directing at The Actors Studio. He directs and designs commercials, music videos, and promos.
Special Note

 



Co-hosted by

Indo-American Arts Council


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    93 minutes
  • Language:
    Hindi, English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sugandha Garg, Mukund Shukla, Aakash Mahayera, Hamid Shaikh
  • Director:
    Prashant Bhargava
  • Screenwriter:
    Prashant Bhargava
  • Producer:
    Jaideep Punjabi
  • Editor:
    Prashant Bhargava
  • Director of Photography:
    Shanker Raman
  • Production Designer:
    Meera Lakhia
  • Executive Producer:
    Vijay Bhargava, Jaideep Punjabi
  • Composer:
    Mario Grigorov

Contacts
  • Sales Contact
    Jaideep Punjabi
    Khushi Films
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 917 209 1563
    Jaideep@patang.tv
  • Sales Contact
    Demetri Makoulis
    Elephant Eye Films
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.488.8877
    demetri@elephanteyefilms.com
  • Director
    Prashant Bhargava
    Jiva universal
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 917 202 7727
    Prashant@patang.tv
  • Sales Contact
    Jaideep Punjabi
    Khushi Films
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 917 209 1563
    Jaideep@patang.tv
  • Sales Contact
    Demetri Makoulis
    Elephant Eye Films
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.488.8877
    demetri@elephanteyefilms.com
  • Director
    Prashant Bhargava
    Jiva universal
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 917 202 7727
    Prashant@patang.tv

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