A Mumbai Film Festival entry, and selection of the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program
The Hero of Sami Khan’s Khoya is indifferent to India’s tourist attractions. The young Toronto-raised, Indian-born man is on a quest to solve the mystery of his birth.That quest takes him to some of the country’s rougher patches, where Roger follows in the footsteps of the poor, the desperate and the borderline criminal, gradually unraveling the tangled circumstances of how he came to be adopted by a white Canadian couple.Unable to speak Hindi, he is met with hostility by non-English speakers, by locals who may have something to hide and with chilly reluctance by Subash Uncle, the one Indian willing to offer him a mattress on a floor (“Everyone in India is either an uncle or an auntie – whether they want to be or not.”).Rog’s journey takes him into the dark alleys, dusty roads, and cramped train cars of India’s underclass as he tries to connect the threads of his own story. Rog is pushed to his physical and emotional breaking point, and forced to face the ghosts haunting him – only then is he able to discover the truth.
An ill-advised melodramatic swing is redeemed with poignancy in the home stretch.
Khoya is written, directed and edited by Sami Khan, Produced by Karen Shaw, and Director of Photography is Kevin C. W. Wong. The music is composed and performed by multi award-winning musicians Daniel Ledwell and Jenn Grant. Executive Produced by – from India – Meraj Shaikh and Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox, Gangs of Wasseypur).
Staring: Rupak Ginn, Stephen McHattie, Ravi Khanwilkar and Vipin Sharma
Directed By: Sami Khan
Watch the Trailer
When: Opens Friday, June 10 2016
Where: Carleton Cimemas
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