To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema, film students at New York University and the School of Visual Arts along with professional filmmakers are creating a
film, 100 Years of Hindi Cinema: The Tribute.
The 10 to 15 minute film is in pre-production, and the team
behind it plans to shoot in March in New Jersey.
“Our film,” said Ryan J Miller, one of the producers and a jun-
ior at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts studying film and television
production, “is a love story that begins in 1913 and travels
through the decades — visually, musically, choreographically,
and plot-wise — to present-day India, with each scene repre-
senting a new decade in Hindi cinema.”
The villain takes the avatar of the prominent villains of each
decade and tumultuously pushes the hero and heroine into the
Miller said the film will be screened in New York City and New
Jersey, and distributed online.
Co-directors Siddhi Sundar and Raashi Desai last year met
filmmakers from Bollywood who lamented that nobody has done
anything creative to celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema.
That was the inspiration for the project.
‘While both of us were raised in the US,’ Desai and Sundar
were quoted as saying, ‘our tangible link to India has been a
result of the filmmaking that has moved us for 20 years of our
‘Hindi cinema has, for as long as we can remember, nurtured,
inspired, and compelled us to action, shaping who we are as sto-
rytellers and what we want to do for the rest of our lives.’
‘2013 marks a century of Indian cinema and yet, we haven’t
seen something at a creative scale truly representative and cele-
brative of 10 decades of stories that we love.’
‘If people on opposite sides of the world come together in such
explosive spirit to experience the magic of Hindi movies, then a
tribute to its meaning should be equally grand.’
‘For us to be film students capable of meaningful work on the
industry’s 100th birthday was impossible to ignore,’ Sundar and
Sundar is a final year student at the Tisch School. She recently
directed and produced a feature-length documentary on the evolution of adoptees from Maharashtra, worked in the Manhattan
DA’s Special Victims Unit, and spent a summer doing investigative film work on India’s public education system.
Desai, who is also the choreographer, is a junior at the School
of Visual Arts, where she studies film editing. Her love for dance
and Hindi music attracted her most to the project.
The hero of the film, Ankur Rathee, is a senior at Princeton
who aspires to work as an actor in Hollywood and Bollywood.
Anuja Joshi, who plays the heroine, is a junior at Tisch with a
minor in political science.
Vivek Kumar, who plays the villain, is originally from Dubai
and a graduate of Georgia Tech.
Rupeshi Shah, one of the producers, is a film and journalism
student at NYU. She has interned with ABC News, PBS, the
International Emmy Awards, and has produced short films.
Jayesh Hariharan, another producer, is a recent Tisch graduate
with double major degrees in film production and economics.
He is completing his thesis film, Sharbat, which he hopes will do
the festival circuit next year.
Contact Ryan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jayesh
Hariharan at email@example.com
Hundreds of people attended the Christmas Charity Ball 2013, in San Jose,
California, December 15 to create
awareness for small and mid-sized
The evening introduced and honored seven nonprofits and helped
raise funds for them, said Ena
Sarkar, the organizer of the show.
The seven nonprofits were the
Aga Khan Foundation, One Million
Lights, Jeena, Sahaita, 1000
Mothers to Prevent Violence,
Maitri, and The Grateful Garment.
“We have generated more than
$25,000 and (it) will be divided
among the seven charities,” Sarkar
told India Abroad. “The purpose
was to make sure we give a helping hand to
smaller charities that do not have the man-
power to organize their own fundraising.”
Sarkar, who plans to make the event an
annual one, runs a television talk show,
“Whatever amount is raised for Maitri
will go toward advancing our mission in
the service of our clients,” Lakshmi
Karan, a board member of the nonprofit
that helps domestic violence survivors,
told India Abroad.
“We were honored to be selected as the
NGO partner this year. I believe the charity
ball has raised the bar on how the Bay Area
community can come together annually to
support organizations doing impactful
work and at the same time have fun.’
Last year, Karan said, Maitri received
around 2,500 calls for help and served an
average of 63 women per month.
“It was a fantastic event,” said Anna
Sidana, who four years ago founded One
Million Lights, which distributes solar
lights around the world to replace danger-
ous and polluting kerosene lamps.
Sidana started her solar light project in
Rajasthan and has provided solar lights to
the victims of typhoon Haiyan, and a school
Lorrain Taylor, founder of 1000 Mothers
to Prevent Violence, told India Abroad this
was the first time any South Asian organi-
zation invited the NGO and helped raise
“It now encourages me to do
more work,” said Taylor who started the anti-gun violence nonprofit
in 2008. Her twin sons, Albade
and Obadiah, were gunned down
“The contributions make a
tremendous impact,” said Zuby
Pradhan of the Aga Khan
Foundation USA, “in creating
opportunities for girls in
Afghanistan to go to school, for
farmers in Mali to feed their fami-
lies, and mothers in India to lead
Not everyone was happy with the
Dr Harkesh Sandhu, founder of
“How would people know who we are?”
he asked. “I spent $500 (it was a ticketed
event). I should get an opportunity to speak
about my charity.”
Sahaita offers health-care and education
tools for less fortunate children in
California and in the Indian states of
Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal
biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in the
Rocky Mountain region. He was the founder
and chief executive officer of Thera Tech, now
a major Utah division of Actavis.
As a co-founding managing director of
vSpring Capital, he invested in Utah-based
life science companies, and supported more
than 20 other companies as an angel
He also founded and led Ashni
Naturaceuticals, co-founded Salus
Therapeutics and holds 15 United States
patents and foreign counterparts.
In 2011, he and his wife made a major con-
tribution to the James L Sorenson Molecular
It was funded through a $100 million com-
mitment from the state of Utah along with
In 2010, the Utah Youth Village presented
its highest honor, the Helping Hand award,
Dr Patel was also chair of Governor Jon
Huntsman Jr’s transition team.
Christmas Charity Ball in San Jose pitches in for nonprofits
gift $1 million
Desi film students plan movie on
100 years of Indian cinema
A scene from the event