Miss India America
Directed by Ravi Kapoor
Lily Prasad (Tiya Sircar) wants to win at all costs. She’s a high school valedictorian who arrogantly rubs her triumphs in the face of, well, everyone. But she soon loses her boyfriend, Karim (Kunal Sharma), to the reigning Miss India National Reshma (Sameera Eligeti), pulling a key block out of her Jenga-like tower of ambition. She vows victory and schemes to retake Karim by winning the Indian American beauty pageant with the help of her friend Seema (Kosha Patel). How will she get past the gorgeous and talented Sonia Nielson (Hannah Simone)? Lily is ugly in ego, like Frank Underwood in a dress — she’ll find a way. As women crack glass ceilings around the world, this film shows us girl-power gone hilariously bad. Hope comes the form of friendship and family. Lily rises and falls, and comes out a better person on the other side.
Ravi Kapoor’s debut feature showcases great acting by an almost entirely female cast. Strong writing and direction complete this film as a fun, campy romp of megalomania and redemption.
– Ravi Chandra
Co-Presenter: 3rd I
Executive Producer: Abby Ispahani, Nimish Patel, Renuka Pullat, Hannah Simone, Simi Singh Juneja
Producer: Megha Kadakia, Saurabh Kikani, Saurabh Kikani
Writer: Ravi Kapoor, Meera Simhan
Cinematographer: Alan Caudillo
Editor: Varun Viswanath
Music: Amritha Vaz
Cast: Kosha Patel, Meera Simhan, Hannah Simone, Tiya Sircar