Teaser Trailer for "Patang"

Some notes about Patang, the upcoming debut from writer/director Prashant Bhargava:

  • it's set during a kite festival in Ahmedabad, India. This is India's largest festival. Prashant did about 4 years of research for the film.
  • It was shot entirely hand held.
  • Prashant held a workshop for the child actors in the film. There were 12 actors, all from different regions.
  • It features established Indian actresses such as Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen, Ek Hasina Thi, Zindagi Rocks) and up and comers like Nowaz (Dev D) and Sugandha Garg (Jaane Tu Jaane Na, My Name is Khan).
  • About 90% of the cast are non-professional.
  • The film is being put together in post even as we speak. Prashant is holed up in Chicago editing, aiming for a 2010 release.
  • The crew went to great lengths to preserve the local atmosphere, tough in such a crowded, traffic packed environment. The sense of place though comes brilliantly in the footage.
  • The music you hear in the trailer is temp. The completed film will feature an original score.

One of the pleasant side effects of the success of Slumdog (other than catapulting Ms. Pinto to it girl status) would be in easing the way for more original desi brewed voices like Prashant's. You've tasted the restaurant-made, now it's time to try the homecooked.

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- March 7, 2009 2:25 PM // Film