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Bollywood bug bites American desis

world Updated: Aug 23, 2010 00:43 IST
Yashwant Raj

They have all done well. Have good college degrees and well-paying day jobs. And they are now ready for their next challenge — films, having grown up on a steady diet of Bollywood movies.

Paul Singh is a computer systems administrator and he was among the many Americans of Indian origin who showed up on Saturday to audition for 9 Eleven, a Hindi film to be shot in Washington DC.

“Indian immigrants are fulfilled financially,” Singh told The Washington Post.“Now they are looking for things to give them more fulfilment.”

9 Eleven is being produced by Narain Kumar Mathur, a Maryland state realtor, and directed by Manan Katohora, a Maryland engineer who has two previous Hindi films on his resume — Arya and When Kiran met Karen.

Katohora came to the US 12 years ago as a software engineer — “much like most other Indians”, he told HT, but couldn’t get rid himself of the film bug.

Six years after a working at a job “to please mummy and papa”, he made the switch inspired by American Desi, a hugely successful 2001 film about American Indians by American Indians with an all-American Indian cast.

Farida Malik, on the other hand, took her time.

Malik had long wanted to act in a film, but her mother, a doctor, wouldn’t hear of it.

Good girls from good families didn’t go into films.

“I got one degree, and I’m about to do another one,” she said, adding, “as long as role is okay, she (her mother) is not going to say anything.” The director has assured her there will be no nudity in the film.