(World Premiere, 2001, color, 105 minutes)
DATE: Saturday, November 3. TIME: 6 p.m.
|SYNOPSIS: "Mitr-My Friend" is centered around a traditional
young Indian woman (played by actress-danseuse Shobana) who
goes in for an arranged marriage with a well-to-do Indian
computer engineer living in California. She lives as a complete
housewife in a different cultural setting. In time, when her
daughter becomes a
demanding teenager, her simmering anxiety of adjusting to
new value systems begins to mount, alienating her from both
husband and daughter. The film reflects on the dilemma that
afflicts many women living in the increasingly transposed
urbanized communities of today.
|DIRECTOR: Revathy is a highly regarded actress in
South India, with over 16 years of experience in the entertainment
industry. Having acted in more than 125 films in Tamil, Telugu,
Malayalam, Kannada, she has won five 'Best Actress' FilmFare
awards for her performances in the Tamil films like"Mann Vasana",
"Thevar Magan", the Telugu film "Ankooram", and Hie Malayalam
Kaavil Appoopan Thadigal". She makes her directorial debut
with "Mitr-My Friend"
CAST: National award winning
actress Shobana stars as Lakshmi the middle aged protagonist of
the film. She has won several accolades for her acting. She also
teaches classical dance in her school 'Kalarpana' and gives various
performances in India and abroad. Delhi based model and actor
Nasir Abdullah plays Prithvi, lakshmi's (Shobana) husband, a Silicon
Valley technocrat. Debut actress Preeti Vissa plays Divya the
teenage daughter ot Prithvi and Lakshmi. Preeti is also a trained
classical dancer. She plans to go to college in UCLA. Model and
actor Matthew Phillips plays Steve, Lakshmi's (Shobana) neighbor,
and friend. He has recently starred in a martial arts film slated
for release next year.