After playing around the world, from Cannes to Dubai, Monsoon Shootout came to New York City last week as the opening night feature of the South Asian International Film Festival. The film follows Adi (Vijay Varma), a young cop who is involved in his first real case; the investigation of a series of murders linked to a gangster named Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in the Mumbai slums. Encouraged by his threatening superior (Neeraj Kabi) to shoot first and ask questions later, Adi must make the difficult choice of whether or not to pull the trigger when he has Shiva cornered. The films spurs from this choice, running one by one through the outcomes that could occur from Adi’s decision.
What is the first thought to enter a typical American’s mind when Pakistan is mentioned in any sort of context? The Middle East problems of our contemporary world are constantly in the headlines and we seem to push all of those countries in the same group of ‘dangerous.’
In Sabiha Sumar’s film Good Morning Karachi, that mindset of Pakistan is thrown out the door, instead presenting urban Karachi in all of its glamour and distress. In the streets, there are protests against the government and the country’s problems. In the upper-class towns, there are giant parties and fashion shows.
Patrick Read Johnson, director of Angus, Spaced Invaders, and The Genesis Code, has a new work called 5-25-77. Does that date seem familiar? If so, it is because that is the date that one little movie, Star Wars, came out. This semi-autobiographical coming of age story follows a character named Pat (John Francis Daley of Freaks and Geeks), an aspiring filmmaker in Illinois. He tries his damnedest to get family and friends to help him make the sequels to some of his favorite flicks like 2001, Jaws, and Planet of the Apes.