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Life of Pi star excels in Hindi drama Umrika


Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival where it was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize Umrika, the latest feature from writer-director Prashant Nair will be out January 20. It will get a DVD and digital release from Vendetta Films.

Starring Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi and Tony Revolori from The Grand Budapest Hotel, Umrika is a Hindi language drama set during the '80s. It chronicles the journey of Ramakant (Sharma) a rural youth who travels to the city to find out what happened to his older brother who had embarked on a journey to America (Umrika). His letters home inspire hope and debate amongst the community. But with the death of his father the letters stop coming and Ramakant must find out why.

Andrew Urban has called the Hindi language drama "bittersweet" and commends the dramatic ambition of Nair, whose last feature was the decidedly light-hearted comedy Delhi in a Day, observing "excellent production design and fine performances keep us engaged and involved in the outcomes, and topical issues of people smuggling adds immediacy to the story."

Dennis Harvey at Variety notes: "Sharma, in particular, carries the pic with an attractive gravity that makes it clear his virtual one-man show in "Life of Pi" was no lucky newcomer's fluke."