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Indian American's film to be aired on US TV

By Jyotirmoy Datta, IANS

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A film directed by an Indian American and starring actor Roshan Seth will be aired on US TV next month.

Nisha Ganatra's "Cosmopolitan", in which award-winning Seth and Carol Kane play a lonely senior and a playful divorcee respectively, will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series "Independent Lens", hosted by Don Cheadle, June 1.

When his orderly life collapses after he loses his job -- and his wife and daughter abandon him -- immigrant Gopal (Seth) reinvents himself as an all-American bachelor.

With women's magazines as his guide, he pursues Mrs. Shaw (Kane), the divorcee next door. He finds there's more to love than the pages of Cosmo would suggest.

Others in the cast include Madhur Jaffrey as Gopal's wife Madhu, and Purva Bedi as his daughter Geetu.

The script is by Sabrina Dhawan, who wrote "Monsoon Wedding" for director Mira Nair while pursuing her graduate degree in film at New York University's Graduate Film School.

Ganatra's first film, "Chutney Popcorn", received much acclaim, garnering Best Feature Film awards at the Outfest Los Angeles and the San Francisco Film Festival Audience awards in Berlin.

She recently completed her feature comedy, "Fast Food High", for producer Susan Cavan. Last year, she directed "The Real World New York" for MTV and the "Real World/Road Rules Challenge", which is currently airing.

Ganatra directed while at the film school, won extraordinary recognition, garnering many awards, including the Tisch Fellowship and the PBS Grand Prize for Most Outstanding Short Film of the Year.


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