A film on the ‘new India’ in the making
Emmy-nominated Indian-American filmmaker Tirlok Malik has come out with an inspiring new short film titled To New India with Love, which examines the subject of youth aspirations. The film recently premiered on the YouTube channel of nritvfilmclub. It will soon be released on television and various digital platforms worldwide.
The film tells the story of a young college student who asks a visiting NRI professor to help him go to America as he has his passport ready with him. The professor reminds him that “New India is in the making and that he must play his part in contributing to New India”. Vijay does not agree and expresses his frustrations and current struggles, proclaiming “New India is all about faking”.
‘To New India with Love is aimed at empowering the youth of India. The heated debate at the heart of the film shows how sometimes a conversation can change the direction of one’s life. Many young people want to leave India, but all of them cannot get visas. Moreover, migration is a choice that one makes and there is an emotional price associated with it. But, ultimately, it is up to an individual,” Malik opines.
The film stars Tirlok Malik (Professor Khanna), Aryan Pratap Singh (Vijay) and Dalip Maccune (as Dean). The screenplay and dialogues are written by Murtaza Ali Khan. While Rakesh Zharotia is the film’s editor and assistant director, Vijay Chauhan has served as the DOP.
Tirlok Malik (right) and Aryan Pratap Singh (left) in a still from the film
This short film is a non-commercial venture, produced with a public-service spirit, appealing broadly to Indians worldwide. It is presented by Padma Shri Dr Sudhir Parikh.
“The story idea came from a real-life experience of mine and many other NRIs who often get asked by the youth of India to help them move abroad for better work prospects. The film aims at creating greater awareness about the role that NRIs can play in mentoring the Indian youth to help them create greater opportunities for themselves,” reveals Malik.