Kumar Valavhadas Pallana
23 December 1918
|Died||10 October 2013 (aged 94)|
Oakland, California, U.S.
Pallana was married to Ranjana Jethwa and had two children, son Dipak and daughter Sandhya. His son Dipak created, owned and operated a cafe called the Cosmic Cup (now Cosmic Cafe) in Dallas, where Kumar met director Wes Anderson and actor Owen Wilson. Anderson subsequently cast Pallana in his films Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited. Pallana also appeared in the Bollywood movie Anjaana Anjaani (2010) and the acclaimed independent film Another Earth (2011). A short documentary, KUMAR:MKE, about Pallana's connection to the Milwaukee film scene, was released in 2015.
Pallana died on 10 October 2013 at his home in California at age 94.
|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|
Final film role
- 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
- Fox, Margalit (16 October 2013). "Kumar Pallana, Who Went From Yoga to Film, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- Cosmic Cafe
- Wild, Matt (December 2015). "Watch a short film about Kumar Pallana and his unlikely ties to the Milwaukee film scene". The Milwaukee Record. Retrieved 30 August 2016.