By Jyothi Venkatesh
Tirlok Malik, an Emmy-nominated Indian-American filmmaker, 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 nri film club, following which it will be released on television and various digital platforms worldwide.
Sharing about whom he wishes to work with and his future projects, he says, “One of the scripts that I am currently working on will be the final chapter of “Lonely in America”. It will be a multi-starrer just like Khushiyaan. The story revolves around an aging NRI who has some unfinished business in India. I wish to work with Jeetendra Ji and Dharmendra Ji with whom I have had the pleasure of doing a few commercials for an American food company. My story also has younger leads for which I have the likes of Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Alia Bhatt, and Kiara Advani in my mind. For another pivotal role in the film I would like to cast either Varun Sharma or Krushna Abhishek.”
Talking about the content he wants to direct in future, he adds,” I have made all my feature films about the migration conflicts and its effects on human feelings: be it ‘Lonely in America’, ‘Khushiyaan’ or ‘On Golden Years’. It’s a theme that’s close to my heart and so I will continue to explore it further. Also, for my upcoming projects, I will be working on various socially relevant themes. I currently have two feature films and two short films in development (one each in India and the USA).Other than the two feature films and two short films that are in development, there are some other interesting offers. Let’s just see how things pan out. We will have to wait and watch.”
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Sharing about the short film receiving overwhelming responses he says,” ‘To New India with Love’ has been receiving overwhelming response worldwide. Our film has struck a chord with audiences worldwide. The dialogues written by Murtaza Ali Khan have been widely appreciated. The film’s underlying message that even with all the challenges that India has, it can still be made great by actually living there as opposed to leaving it has been well received. It has been praised by critics and several notable personalities.”
The film stars Tirlok Malik, Aryan Pratap Singh, and Dalip Maccune. 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. He further adds,”I have been fortunate to work with some of the biggest names in the film business like Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra, Al Pacino, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Mommootty, Deepti Naval, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Sanjay Dutt, Rani Mukherje, Kangana Ranaut, Manisha Koirala, and Sunny Deol, among others.”
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Tirlok Malik is best known for making films about Indian immigrants in the US, starting with his pioneering work, the 1990 film ‘Lonely in America,’ which Malik wrote and produced, and he also acted in it alongside Ranjit Chowdhry. ‘Lonely in America’ was shown in 74 countries and as well as on HBO and participated in 37 film festivals, winning several awards. He subsequently made films like ‘Love Lust and Marriage,’ ‘Khushiyaan,’ and ‘On Golden Years’. He has also acted in films like ‘Dr. Babasaheb Ambedka,’ ‘Lajja,’ ‘Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu,’ ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum,’ ‘Sivaji: The Boss,’ and ‘Mehbooba,’ among others.