Dubai NRI’s film enters 16th New York Film Festival

INGENnyiffSasha John a Dubai based Malayali’s short film has made an entry to the 16th New York Film Festival.

Sasha’s Hindi film ‘Jacob’s Pond’ also secured a nomination in the best child actor category. The film deals with loneliness in the big city and finding an unlikely friend in12-year-old pickpocket Iqbal.

Mumbai actor Utkarsh Mazumdar plays Jacob a widower who lives in a big empty house that he shared with his wife, and after meeting Iqbal they connect and spend time together. This forms the core of the film with English subtitles.

Sasha said the story is about unlikely relationships and she thinks in a country as diverse and unpredictable as India, what makes one truly Indian is the ability to empathize with a stranger’s story.

The film world is not new for Sasha who earlier worked for DAR Motion Pictures in Mumbai, assisting the creative team on the acclaimed film The Lunchbox. She has also worked on the sets as an assistant to the creative producer for films. She now plans to pursue a career in films and is finalising the script for a feature film that is set in Kerala.