Dubai-Resident Sasha John's Debut Film Gets Standing Ovation at the New York Indian Film Festival
Sasha has previously assisted on films such as The Lunchbox and D-Day
Dubai resident Sasha John's debut Hindi film received standing ovation at its world premiere at the 16th New York Indian Film Festival.
Jacob’s Pond, directed by Sasha, a Keralite from Kochi, who grew up in Dubai, Pune and Mumbai, has also secured the nomination for ‘Best Child Actor’ for Naman Jain, who has earlier acted in films such as Raanjhanaa and Bombay Talkies.
The film is about loneliness in the big city and finding an unlikely friend within its people. It revolves around the lives of a 61-year-old retiree Jacob and 12-year-old pickpocket Iqbal. Despite having very dissimilar backgrounds, they have one very strong commonality: both are alone. Veteran theatre actor from Mumbai Utkarsh Mazumdar plays Jacob.
Also scripted by Sasha, a second year Creative Producing MFA student at Columbia University in New York, Jacob’s Pond takes its title as a metaphor for the protagonist’s isolation.
“Making lasting connections with people is always what I try and covey with my films,” says Sasha. “This is a story about unlikely relationships, and I think in a country as diverse and unpredictable as India, what makes us truly Indian is the ability to empathize with a stranger’s stroy."
The filmmaker has earlier worked for DAR Motion Pictures in Mumbai, assisting the creative team on the critically acclaimed film, The Lunchbox and has been an assistant to the creative producer for films including D-Day and Mickey Virus.
Sasha plans on pursuing a career in films, drawing stories from real experiences and real people and is currently finalising the script for a feature film, which is set in Kerala.