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Umrika is a 2015 Indian comedy-drama film directed and written by Prashant Nair and produced by Swati Shetty and Manish Mundra. It stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Smita Tambe, Pramod Pathak, Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Amit Sial (Titli), Sauraseni Maitra and Prateik Babbar (Dhobi Ghat).

The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award.[1] Director Nair said that the film is "about the mythology of America and, more generally, how cultures perceive each other: the stereotypes, assumptions, misunderstandings and labeling as “exotic” of all things unfamiliar".[2]

Plot[edit]

The film begins with Udai (Prateik Babbar) leaving his village for the United States. Following the death of father, Udai's younger brother Ramakant (Suraj Sharma) realises that the letters his family have been receiving from Udai have been forged by his father and uncle, and learns that Udai vanished when he reached his port city, Mumbai. He embarks upon a journey to locate his brother.

Reception[edit]

Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times called Umrika a "warmly intelligent film" [3] and included it in his 25 Films of note at Sundance 2015.[4]

Variety praised the film, giving kudos to "Nair’s soundly constructed script and deft handling of a very good cast." [5]

The Hollywood Reporter stated that Nair has managed to incorporate several big and abstract topics — including what ties us to our families and place of birth and the extent to which these things are important — into a story in which they become highly personal for the characters.[6]

Shortly after it's premiere, the film was sold by sales agent Beta Cinema to France, Germany, Austria, Australia, South Korea and numerous other territories, making it one of the most widely sold Indian independent films of all time.[7]

The film will next have it's European premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2015[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yuan, Jada (1 February 2015). "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl Dazzles at Sundance". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Sharf, Zack. "Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #73: Prashant Nair Spans Continents for Indian Drama 'Umrika'". Indiewire. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "Sundance preview: Diverse lineup unspools in Park City". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "Sundance Film Festival 2015: 25 films of note". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "Umrika Review: Prashant Nair's Satisfying Drama". Variety. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Van Hoeij, Boyd. "'Umrika': Sundance Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Empty citation (help) lastl=Levine|firstl=Syndey|title=Cannes15: Beta Cinema’s 'Ghosthunters' & 'Umrika' Among Hot Sellers at Marché du Film|url=http://blogs.indiewire.com/sydneylevine/canne-15-beta-cinemas-ghosthunters-umrika-among-hot-sellers-at-marche-du-film-20150517%7Cwebsite=Indiewire.com%7Caccessdate=May 17, 2015}}
  8. ^ KVIFF, KVIFF. "Umrika to be accompanied by director and actors". kviff.com. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 

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