Praying with Anger
|Praying with Anger|
|Directed by||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Produced by||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Written by||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Starring||M. Night Shyamalan
|Music by||Edmund Choi|
|Edited by||Frank Reynolds|
|Release date(s)||September 12, 1992 (USA)
(Toronto Film Festival)
|Running time||107 minutes|
Praying with Anger is a 1992 Indian-American drama film, known for M. Night Shyamalan who made his directorial debut, produced, wrote and starred in the film. It is about a young Indian American's return to India. To date, the film has been shown primarily at film festivals and never received a wide release for mainstream distribution. It has gradually developed a cult following as a work exploring the clash of Western values with those of the Indian subcontinent.
Indian American Dev Raman (M. Night Shyamalan), who was raised in the United States, returns to his native country to spend a year as part of a college exchange program. He is initially reluctant, but his mother insists and he respects her wishes. While there, he discovers that his cold and distant father, now deceased, carried a quiet and profound affection towards him. While he is in India, he receives guidance from his friend Sanjay (Mike Muthu). As the visit progresses, Dev ignores Sanjay's suggestions, and the interaction between Indian and Western cultures quickly precipitates into misunderstanding and violence.
Dev realizes that one may pray to the deities of the Hindu pantheon in almost any emotional state except indifference. As he explores his past and sees the miscommunication between the two cultures, Dev is overwhelmed and finds himself only able to pray with anger.
South Asian American genre
The film joins a relatively limited roster of films dealing with coming of age themes in the South Asian American community. Other notable contributions include the classic American Desi, Green Card Fever, ABCD, American Chai, Americanizing Shelley, and The Namesake.
- M. Night Shyamalan – Dev Raman
- Mike Muthu – Sanjay
- Richa Ahuja – Rupal Mohan
- Sushma Ahuja – Mrs. Mohan
- Stephen Holden (1992). "'Praying With Anger' Movie Review". New York Times.
- James Berardinelli (1993). "Review: Praying With Anger". Reelviews.net.