The great Indian wedding has been a favourite,if jaded,theme for many Bollywood blockbusters,but US-based filmmaker Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad says,Our colourful,week-long,wedding festivities still generate a lot of interest abroad.
His debut movie,Perfect Mismatch,starring newcomer Anubhav Anand and Nandana Sen,was shot in the US and revolves around two Indian couples desperate for parental approval to get married. This is a story of a boy and a girl whose parents have nothing in common. I wanted to portray contemporary Indian families living in America and their issues, says Ahmad about the film that releases on July 24.
The 32-year-old Indian-origin director,who runs his own production house,Exodus Pictures,in Los Angeles,has dabbled in Hollywood since he was 18,designing videos for musicians Fatboy Slim,Dr Dre and Brandy.
A three-minute online video commercial for Apple computers earned him some mention in computer magazines. His most recent exploit was a science-fiction short film called Alliance in 2004,which received the Best Picture Award at the Foursite Film Festival in Utah. Ahmad believes his cross-cultural upbringing gives him a unique perspective when it comes to cinema. I want to make films that deal with South Asians, he says,even as he works on his script for a supernatural thriller The Third.