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In this optimistic comedy, Sunny, an irrepressible Indian wannabe-actor, is mistaken for an American and kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists. Discovering his captors share his love for Bollywood, Sunny finds that cinema is his best escape route.

Schedule
May 17, 2013 2:30 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
June 3, 2013 9:00 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed
June 4, 2013 5:00 PM Kirkland Performance Center Date has passed

Film fanatic Sunny (Sharib Hashmi) is dying to act but gets turned down at every potential opportunity. A friend suggests that he take a job as an assistant director instead and he goes on assignment with an American crew shooting a commercial in a remote area of Rajasthan near the Pakistani border. Mistaken for an American, he is kidnapped by a terrorist group and spirited off to a Pakistani border village. When the inept terrorists discover their mistake, they decide to keep him hostage even though he is “not worth a sparrow’s fart.” The house where he is detained belongs to a Pakistani who smuggles pirated DVDs from India. Immediately, they find a common passion—Hindi films. In this touching comedy, the outgoing and charming Sunny gets to be the actor he always wanted to be—acting scenes from Bollywood films for the delight of the local villagers. An irrepressible optimist, he easily breaks down barriers having found a common language: the love of movies. But will that help him get back home?

Director Biography
Nitin Kakkar worked on music videos before shooting his first short film, 2004’s Black Freedom. He subsequently worked on a few television series before directing Filmistaan, his debut feature.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines

Director: Nitin Kakkar
Principal Cast: Sharib Hashmi, Inaamulhaq, Kumud Mishra, Gopal Dutt, Sanjay Mehta
Country: India
Year: 2012
Running Time: 117 minutes
Producer: Subhash Choudhary, Shaila Tanna
Screenplay: Nitin Kakkar
Cinematographers: Subhransu Das
Editors: Sachindra Vats
Music: Arijit Datta, Urvi Ashar, Shipra Rawal
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Filmistaan/129924157150944
Awards: Delhi International Film Festival 2012 (Best Indian Film); Jaipur International Film Festival 2012 (Best Upcoming Film); Kerala International Film Festival 2012 (Best Director); Pusan International Film Festival 2012 (New Currents Awards: Special Mention)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Hindustani
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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