‘The Idiot’ selected at the 40th Asian American International Film Festival

ST Correspondent
Monday, 10 July 2017

Actor-turned-producer Arfi Lamba, who has featured in Bollywood films like F.U.G.L.Y, Singh is Bling and his latest international release The Gift, has yet again produced a hard-hitting film The Idiot in which he plays the lead. Produced under his production house Bombay Berlin Pictures, The Idiot is a political satire that exposes the bigotry of a society fed on religious stereotypes and paranoia. “It deals with the important issue of ‘Islamophobia’ and uses dark humor as a tool to convey the ridiculousness of our prejudices.

Actor-turned-producer Arfi Lamba, who has featured in Bollywood films like F.U.G.L.Y, Singh is Bling and his latest international release The Gift, has yet again produced a hard-hitting film The Idiot in which he plays the lead. Produced under his production house Bombay Berlin Pictures, The Idiot is a political satire that exposes the bigotry of a society fed on religious stereotypes and paranoia. “It deals with the important issue of ‘Islamophobia’ and uses dark humor as a tool to convey the ridiculousness of our prejudices. The short film is directed by Ruchi Joshi and Sriram Ganapathy.

The Idiot has been selected for the 40th Asian American International Film Festival of New York and will have its world premiere on July 27. It is the oldest and most reputed Asian Film Festival in America and is part of the ‘Official Selection’ section.

A source says, “Ruchi’s feature film script All about Her was selected for NFDC Screenwriter’s Lab, Sarajevo and she is currently in talks with production houses for two of her other scripts. Sriram on the other hand is an ad filmmaker and has recently directed Amitabh Bachchan.”

Bombay Berlin Picture’s last film, LOEV, has travelled the world over and competed in more than 40 prestigious international film festivals and is now sold exclusively to Netflix. Their another production The Road to Mandalay, which was made with German co-producers, opened up in Venice International Film Festival and won the European Critics Award.

The film just had its German premiere at Munich International Film festival and is still touring after being invited to compete in more than 50 festivals.

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