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Directed by Hyder Bilgrami
Produced by Ramzan Lakhani
Starring Farokh Daruwala
Aasha Patel
Music by Shyam-Das, Nicholas Noor
Distributed by Digimax Studio
Release dates
Country United States
Language Hindi

Bandhak is a South Asian American film directed by Hyder Bilgrami and produced by Ramzan Lakhani. It explores the theme of racism against South Asians in the United States in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks through the story of Baldev Singh, an Indian immigrant in New York who, facing harassment in his workplace, takes his boss hostage with a toy gun.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Bandhak received media coverage in both the United States and India; it was first screened at a California film festival on September 11, 2004, and was brought to India by the Indo-American Art Council.[2] A press release from the distributor Digimax Studio describes it as the first Hindi film in the United States.[3] One New Jersey film critic likened it to a South Asian version of Do The Right Thing. Producer Ramzan Lakhani described his motivation behind the film in an interview with a local New Jersey newspaper, stating that while second generation South Asian youth were producing many films in the United States, he hoped to target the immigrant first generation, and hence tried to tailor the film to Indian sensibilities, including Bollywood-style dance numbers and the use of Hindi.[4]



  • Farokh Daruwala
  • Aasha Patel
  • Murtuza Sabir
  • Daman Arora
  • Manoj Shinde
  • Meenu Mangal
  • Ramzan Lakhani




  • Shyam-Das
  • Nicholas Noor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fernandes, Venetia (2004-11-20). "Tale of injustice". Yahoo! India. Retrieved 2007-01-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ Datta, Jyotirmoy (2004-11-10). "Now a 9/11 film, B'wood ishtyle". Times of India. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Digimax Studio launches Bandhak (the hostage), the first Hindi film in US" (Press release). Digimax Studio. 2003-12-23. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  4. ^ Jordan, Chris (2005-09-09). "Hindi film explores post-9/11 immigrant backlash". Home News Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-21. [dead link]

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