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Quarter Life Crisis: Indo-American Comedy Romances New York

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The Independent film 'Quarter life Crisis' that Boston-based Chandu Shah wrote the story concept for and produced with Megha Sameer Desai, Jigar (Harish) Mehta and others, has been picked up by Showtime TV and will be premiered on September 7th, 2010 in USA. Directed by Kiran Merchant, the Director of photography (Cinematographer) is Kiran Deohans of Aks, KKKG and Jodha Akbar.

The film released on DVD in USA last year, but Showtime release is considered big for an Indy film with limited budget. (specially no marketing budget). The film was also shown at Cannes Market place 3 years ago.  It has been sold to 10 other countries beyond USA and Canada on DVD.



After he is dumped by his girlfriend, a directionless young Hindu man wins a week of free limousine service in New York City and uses it to his romantic advantage. Aha! TV Reality show angle? Maulik Pancholy, Lisa Ray and Russell Peters star in this wacky relationship comedy.

On SHOWTIME, 09/07/10 at 10:00 PM
On SHO 2, 09/08/10 at 8:30 PM
On SHOWTIME SHOWCASE, 09/09/10 at 9:15 AM
On SHOWTIME SHOWCASE, 09/09/10 at 7:30 PM
On SHO 2, 09/12/10 at 12:30 PM
On Demand, Available from 09/08/10 to 10/05/10


With a cast list that reads like a who’s-who of the best Indian-American talent in North America today, the smart, edgy and quirky romantic comedy QuarterLife Crisis has created a buzz in the film industry and in the South Asian community worldwide.


Base on a story concept by Kiran Merchant/Chandu Shah, Written by Rehana Mirza (Far from Home, Barriers) and filmed against the hot New York singles scene, QuarterLife Crisis is a look at the sometimes painful - but mostly hilarious - dating stories twentysomethings usually live to tell.


The film centers around Indian-American New Yorker Neil Desai (Maulik Pancholy) and his live-in girlfriend, Angel (Lisa Ray). The irresponsible, commitment-phobic Neil is experiencing a commonly known phenomenon among twentysomethings – a QuarterLife Crisis. True to QuarterLife Crisis symptoms, Neil is overwhelmed and confused about life, love, career and relationships. 


Neil misses one too many dates with Angel and finds himself single and without a place to live. He moves in with his buddies, who try every dating technique known to (single) man to forget Angel. On this madcap adventure, Neil is accompanied by Dilip (played by famed Canadian comic Russell Peters), a suave but scheming limo driver with ulterior motives for playing Cupid, creating a shocking and surprised climax of the film.


Manu Narayan (of Bombay Dreams fame), Katie Lowes, Cordelia Reynolds, Erickka Jones, Gita Reddy, Lori McNally, Deepti Gupta and Val Jegar round out the award-winning, multicultural cast. The QuarterLife Crisis soundtrack includes original music from Leslie “Lezz” Lewis and Karmacy, an up-and-coming hip-hop band.


Directed by rising screen and stage directing talent Kiran Merchant, the movie also boasts Kiran Deohans, One of the best cinematographer in India, as Director of Photography. The Executive producers include Boston-based business owner Samir Desai and playwright Chandu Shah, New York-based Raj Amar and Tarun Bhuteja, and Jigar Harish Mehta from India.


“Indian-made films present South Asians living abroad as confused and lacking ‘values and culture.’ In America we are stereotyped as cab drivers and candy store owners. And crossover films harp on east-meets-west culture conflicts. QuarterLife Crisis breaks new ground by dispelling all these trappings,” explained QuarterLife Crisis producer Genevieve Castelino. “It’s a universal theme that anyone who’s been a twentysomething will relate to.” www.quarterlifecrisisthemovie.com

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