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Atlanta Based Production Mumbhai Connection Makes It To Film Festivals
BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Hindi movie Mumbhai Connection, set in Atlanta and directed by Atlanta Nagendra has been selected as the official entry in the Narrative Feature category at three film festivals across the US – Third World Indie Film Festival (TWIFF) 2011, 7th Atlanta Asian Film Festival (ATLAFF) 2011 and the 8th Annual Dixie Film Festival 2011.
A dark comedy, Mumbhai Connection explores the possibilities and situations that may arise when corporate world meets the underworld. It also addresses issues about immigration, unemployment, corporate struggle, and recession. Not to be outdone by its counterparts, an “item” dance number is part of the narrative as well.
“I am very excited to bring Mumbhai Connection to audiences around the globe” says Nagendra, an Indian engineer turned filmmaker. Speaking about his debutant Hindi film, Nagendra explains its unique storyline of juxtaposing the world of IT with the Mumbai underworld. Quoting from one of the characters in his movie says about the mafia "They too are running a business. Why won't they need IT support?" We believe this is something viewers have not seen before. Maybe a brave entrepreneur will actually try to pursue this in real life” he says with a smile.
He also clarifies that Mumbhai Connection is not a culture clash story about Indians in the US. “We hope to showcase the beautiful city of Atlanta, its cosmopolitanism and diversity, and its depth of film related talent. And to show that you can even have an item number in Atlanta!” he adds.
Mumbhai Connection traces the journey of Faisal, a hardworking and honest Indian IT salesman in Atlanta who is laid off from his job. His troubles build up with surmounting debts and no one to sponsor his visa. After stumbling into an old friend Faisal lands a job at BA-IT, an IT startup company in town, only to learn later that BA-IT provides IT services to the Atlanta mafia and is run by a shady Indian, Kal, who has links to the Mumbai underworld. Faisal is hounded by an eccentric undercover Indian cop to turn informer against Kal. The Atlanta mafia does not want to buy from BA-IT anymore. Faisal’s very life is in danger as he struggles to figure out what to sell, to whom and how. Faisal has to make his move and as the tagline reads, go boldly where no salesman has gone before.
Nagendra’s previous work includes “Joke Falls”, a full length Kannada feature film starring popular South Indian star Ramesh Aravind, in which he was cowriter and producer. Joke Falls went on to celebrate 25 weeks Silver Jubilee in Bangalore.
TWIFF 2011 will screen Mumbhai Connection on Friday, Sept 23rd 2011 at the Century Theater at the Great Mall in Milpitas, CA, ATLAFF 2011 on Oct 13, 7:00 PM at the Cinefest Theater at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA and the 8th Annual Dixie Film Festival 2011, Athens, Georgia on September 23-25 2011.