To be perfectly honest, I was obsessed with Titanic when I was 13, and that’s how I became interested in film-making. I studied film production in university but I didn’t do anything film-related for several years after that. I really got back into it in 2016, with a very short narrative film about a girl who likes the idea of playing the flute.
I notice I smelled like Indian food whenever I ate a lot of it! And then I built a story around it, combining it with some of my experiences in university.
Certain smells feel very welcoming and pleasant and tie you to home and growing up and your cultural background. And then those smells are used to pull you down because they’re so distinct. I don’t think people realize how personal insulting how your food smells can feel.
Catch a screening of The Pits at an upcoming film festival:
Austin Asian American Film Festival, (Free Program) Dec. 9, Austin, TX. 12PM.
Filmi South Asian Film Festival, Dec. 10, Toronto, Canada. 7:30PM.
The South Asian International Film Festival, Dec. 16, NYC. 10PM.
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