Meet Kosha Patel, Los Angeles-based actor and writer. Did I mention funny? Perhaps, you have seen her in “Shit White Girls Say…To Brown Girls.” She has acted in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” and “The Newroom”
We caught up with Patel at this year’s Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley during the world premiere of “Miss India America.” She acts as the best friend of Lily Prasad (Tiya Sircar) the central character in the film. During our interview we had to ask her a couple of desi question like: How did her parents react to her decision to become an actor? Does she want to act in Bollywood films? Find out what she has to say on these important question and about her dad’s love for country music.
Art and films – that is what we are talking about with our guests in our upcoming interviews. Sherill Ingalls of San Jose Museum of Art talks about their current exhibit “Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India” that features 9 contemporary artists from India.
“Miss India America” had its world premiere at the recently concluded Cinequest film festival in Silicon Valley. This humorous film examines the notion of ambition and the lengths to which we go to achieve our dreams. The film and the cast members got standing ovation from the audience.
We spoke with Meera Simhan and Ravi Kapoor, the husband and wife team, who made “Miss India America.” We spoke about the film and had to ask a couple of mandatory Bollywood questions. This is Kapoor’s directorial debut film. Kapoor and Simhan are that rare combination of of actor/producer/writer rolled into one.
Two Indian-American films had their world premiere at Silicon Valley’s Cinequest Film Festival (Feb 24-Mar 8, 2015) this weekend – “Miss India America,” and “For Here or To Go?” The films are made by Indian-American filmmakers from California. “Miss India America,” is set in Southern California, while “For Here or To Go?” is set in Silicon Valley and is about the techie community in the valley.
Both films got a standing ovation from the audience. It is apt that the films had their premiere at this festival since San Francisco bay area is home to over quarter million Indian-Americans. Interestingly, both films raised part of their funding through crowdsourcing platforms. “Miss India America,” used Kickstarter to crowdsource their fund, while “For Here or To Go,” went the Indiegogo route.
For Here or To Go
The films show two sides of the desi coin. It is not often that you get to see two different sides of the Indian-American community in the USA at a film festival. If “Miss India America,” spotlights the second generation Indian-Americans and how they assimilate and deal with their teenage angst then “For Here or To Go?” concentrates on the experience of new immigrants in America. The film shows the other side of the equation and what it takes to get that coveted green card, which puts you on a path to become an American citizen and owning that home with a white picket fence. The path to realizing your American dream is fraught with all sorts of unexpected challenges is what the film hightlighs. Continue reading →