Thursday, October 6, 2016

Indian American Actor-filmmaker Anisha Adusumilli’s First Film Premiered at South Asian Film Fest

Los Angeles-based Indian American actor-director Anisha Adusumilli’s debut short, “First Date,” is among six short films from across the globe screened at the 22nd annual South Asian Film Festival held in Florida Oct. 1 to Oct. 3.

The premise of this hilarious short, which will see its Southeast premiere at the prestigious film fest is: Deepak meets his future bride, Rashmi, for the first time. She’s not exactly what he expected but everything he’s ever wanted.

“First Date” is a passion project stemming from pressure from Adusumilli’s mom to find a man and get married, and a direct result of her putting Adusumilli on an Indian dating site without her knowledge, she said in a statement.

The comedic short is a fantasy (literally and figuratively) she had as she wondered what it would be like to be arranged in marriage as a first-generation South Asian in this app-driven, millennial dating world.

An artist from a young age, Adusumilli began studying classical piano at the age of five and cultivated her passion for the arts through the Trinity College of London.

Continuing her creative expression through dancing and singing, she eventually discovered her love for acting. “First Date” is her first foray into directing her own creation.

Studying both business and theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, she immediately began her career in film and television upon graduation. Some of her recent credits include Fox’s “New Girl,” CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and NBC’s “Heartbeat,” among others.
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