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Kerala director to make film on NRIs

T. Rajeevnath plans to produce a documentary on the success of Indian diaspora in America.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 11:23 IST

Film director T. Rajeevnath is to make a documentary showcasing the success stories of the Indian diaspora in America.

The first scene of the 90-minute film titled "Desi US" will be shot in Delhi with Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi by February-end, said Rajeevnath, a Kerala resident who has won national and international awards. The documentary will be released by June.

"This is a film produced by the US State Department and US-based First Serve International. The film tells the success story of several Indians in the US and is about the peaceful co-existence of Indians in the US," Rajeevnath told IANS.

Ravi Candadai, chief of public affairs at the US consulate in Chennai, and Greg Franklin, chief of public affairs of the US State Department in Washington, are "the livewires" behind the film, besides Munish Gupta, CEO of First Serve International, he said.

"The shooting in the US will begin in March and we plan to shoot for three weeks at various locations there," said Rajeevnath.

Interviewees will include filmmaker Manoj Night Shyamalan, writer Salman Rushdie, US senator Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"We are also hoping to meet US President George Bush for the film," said Rajeevnath, 54, whose popular films include "Moksham", "Janani" and "Thannal".

Post-production work will be done in India. "We expect to release the film by June. It will be dubbed in several languages and will also be shown on Doordarshan," he said.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 10:47 IST