Bombay Calling preceded Lucky
Grand Jury Prize – Best Documentary, 2006 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
East Coast Premiere – 2nd US Showing!
As CEO of a rapidly expanding telemarketing company, Kas Lalani is eager to cash in on the swell of telemarketing opportunities ushered into India by globalization. Lalani taps into Bombay’s (Mumbai’s) highly educated, English-speaking youth base and pinpoints the most ambitious and enthusiastic among them to man telephone lines connecting them to the US, UK, and Canada. This generation reared on MTV and fast food culture is more than eager to don westernized accents and work late night shifts in their pursuit of the American dream…Indian style. The highly entertaining and topical BOMBAY CALLING brings a human element to the ongoing outsourcing debate and introduces the world to a new generation driving the Indian economy and navigating the ever-narrowing divide between East and West.
Audience Choice Award – Best Short, 2006 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Lucky is a South African AIDS orphan who learns about life through an unlikely bond with a racist Indian woman. Beautifully acted and filmed on location in Durban.
Bombay Calling - Canada, 2005, 72 min, Not Rated, Directed by Ben Addelman & Samir Mallal
Lucky - UK, 2005, In English, Zulu and Tamil with English subtitles, 20 min, Not Rated, Directed by Avie Luthra