MISS INDIA AMERICA
Directed by Ravi Kapoor
Cast and Crew Scheduled to Attend! $15 for film only, $25 for film and after-party.
Best Narrative Film, 2015 CAAMFest
Best Actress, Best Screenplay, 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Cinequest Film Festival
Lily Prasad (Tiya Sircar) is a winner, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Fresh off her valedictorian speech, Lily intends to continue living her storybook life according to “The Plan,” her meticulously-crafted scrapbook that ropes in her less-than-willing high school boyfriend Karim (Kunal Sharma). But when Karim is caught flirting with the reigning Miss India National, Lily is livid and takes aim at the crown to win Karim back, restore “The Plan” forever, and reaffirm her endless magnificence. Lily is appalled though when she finds that the path to glory is challenged by not just a drop-dead beauty of a nemesis (played by New Girl’s Hannah Simone), but also the internal nausea of having to win despite all consequences.
From beginning to end, MISS INDIA AMERICA combines the hilarious fever of competition with overflowing heart. Behind Tiya Sircar’s madcap lead performance and Kosha Patel’s hilarious turn as Seema, “stylist to the stars,” the film battles “playing by the rules” and “playing to win” with utmost charm. First-time feature director Ravi Kapoor, best known as an actor on ABC’s Gideon’s Crossing and NBC’s Crossing Jordan, evokes Legally Blonde and Miss Congeniality but never shies away from the youthful Indian American verve that makes MISS INDIA AMERICA an original gut-busting comedy about never questioning one’s own ambition. –Justin Ricafort