Kumar Pallana in 2006
Kumar Valavhadas Pallana
23 December 1918
|Died||10 October 2013 (aged 94)|
Oakland, California, U.S.
His son, Dipak Pallana, created, owned and operated a cafe called the Cosmic Cup (now Cosmic Cafe) in Kumar’s home in Dallas, Texas; this is where he met Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson. Anderson cast Pallana in Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Darjeeling Limited. He has also worked in the 2010 Bollywood movie Anjaana Anjaani and the acclaimed independent 2011 film Another Earth. A short documentary named KUMAR:MKE, which focused on his connection to the Milwaukee film scene, was released in 2015.
He died on 10 October 2013 at his home in California, aged 94.
Pallana's daughter Sandhya Pallana worked with him on The Terminal and other productions. His son Dipak Pallana is also an actor, who has appeared in films such as Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.
|2001||The Royal Tenenbaums||Pagoda|
|2002||Bomb the System||Kumar Baba|
|2003||Duplex||Indian Restaurant Owner|
|2004||The Terminal||Gupta Rajan|
|2005||Romance & Cigarettes||Da Da Kumar|
|2006||The Gold Bracelet||Dhinubhai|
|2006||10 Items or Less||Lee|
|2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Old man on train|
|2009||Karma Aur Holi||DJ Rav|
|2010||Anjaana Anjaani||Coast guard|
|2011||Hollywood Whores||Magic Man|
|2012||Heavy Hands||The Clerk|
- Modell, Josh. "R.I.P. Kumar Pallana, star of several Wes Anderson movies". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
- Profile at OriginalMMC.com
- Wild, Matt. "Watch a short film about Kumar Pallana and his unlikely ties to the Milwaukee film scene". The Milwaukee Record. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- Fox, Margalit. "Kumar Pallana, Who Went From Yoga to Film, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
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