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From the writer behind the popular blog Stuff Desis Like

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Set against the backdrop of the 2008 recession, For Here or To Go? is a comedy drama about the many personal battles faced by immigrants living in America. Young Silicon Valley software professional Vivek Pandit is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears.

Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his “it’s just paperwork” mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Just as the prospect of returning home to India starts to look tempting, Vivek meets a girl worth the fight to keep the life he has built in America. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates – other immigrants equally seen as “temporary workers” in the United States, who drive nice cars but avoid investing in furniture for fear of having to leave it all behind.

American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement.

Praise for the Film

Watch amazing reviews from National award winning actor Atul Kulkarni, Co-founder of Instagram, Mike Krieger

and Vivek Wadhwa, entrepreneur and academic, author of Immigrant Exodus.

 

A fresh, engaging portrait of the immigrant experience that we have not seen on film before.

Lisa Rosenberg, Screenwriting Instructor at Lucasfilm

 

Cast

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal

Previous Credits:
Fast and Furious 7 (coming soon)
Fukrey (2013)
Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011)
3 idiots (2009)

Melanie Kannokada

Melanie Kannokada

Previous Credits:
Brown Nation
Code Black (TV)
The Brink (TV)

Omi Vaidya

Omi Vaidya

Previous Credits:
Jodi Breakers (2012)
Desi Boyz (2011)
3 idiots (2009)
Rules of Engagement (TV Series)

Samrat Chakrabarti

Samrat Chakrabarti

Previous Credits:
Mr Robot (TV)
The Brink (TV)
Vishwaroopam (2013)
Midnight’s Children (2012)

Amitosh Nagpal

Amitosh Nagpal

Previous Credits:
Besharam (2013)
Aarakshan (2011)
Dabangg (2010)

Rajit Kapur

Rajit Kapur

National Award Winning Actor

Previous Credits:
Shaitan (2011)
Well Done Abba (2010)
Guzaarish (2010)
Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)

Keith Stevenson

Keith Stevenson

Previous Credits:
Under One Sun (2009)
Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
Zabaan Sambhal Ke (TV Series 1993-1997)

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal

Previous Credits:
Fast and Furious 7 (coming soon)
Fukrey (2013)
Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011)
3 idiots (2009)

Melanie Kannokada

Melanie Kannokada

Previous Credits:
Brown Nation
Code Black (TV)
The Brink (TV)

Omi Vaidya

Omi Vaidya

Previous Credits:
Jodi Breakers (2012)
Desi Boyz (2011)
3 idiots (2009)
Rules of Engagement (TV Series)

Samrat Chakrabarti

Samrat Chakrabarti

Previous Credits:
Mr Robot (TV)
The Brink (TV)
Vishwaroopam (2013)
Midnight’s Children (2012)

Amitosh Nagpal

Amitosh Nagpal

Previous Credits:
Besharam (2013)
Aarakshan (2011)
Dabangg (2010)

Rajit Kapur

Rajit Kapur

National Award Winning Actor

Previous Credits:
Shaitan (2011)
Well Done Abba (2010)
Guzaarish (2010)
Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)

Keith Stevenson

Keith Stevenson

Previous Credits:
Under One Sun (2009)
Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Making of the Mahatma (1996)
Zabaan Sambhal Ke (TV Series 1993-1997)

A story that is guaranteed to capture the interests and the hearts of people in more than two continents.

Ina Sofia Kalo, London Film Academy

Gallery

Ali and Rajit Making Plans

Ali and Rajit Making Plans

Omi Meditates

Omi Meditates

Ali Leaving the Office

Ali Leaving the Office

CHEERS!

CHEERS!

Melanie and Ali mid-dance

Melanie and Ali mid-dance

Omi Out and about

Omi Out and about

Amitosh at Belly Deli

Amitosh at Belly Deli

Samrat and Ali Chat

Samrat and Ali Chat

Ali and Melanie Meet

Ali and Melanie Meet

Melanie and Ali by the bay

Melanie and Ali by the bay

First Date

First Date

Ali and Melanie at San Jose City Hall

Ali and Melanie at San Jose City Hall

Just before their day-long dance around the plaza.

“For Here or To Go?” in the News

 U.S news – For Here or to Go? America’s H-1B Dilemma

Skilled Visa Holders Insecure About Life In The U.S

 Tv9 – A Film On Indian Students in USA

Founding Fuel podcast with Nilofer D’Souza – Design thinking approach to filmmaking

Desi 1250 AM Radio Show “Immigration with Tahmina Watson

 http://wap.business-standard.com/immigrants-critical-for-both-america-and-india-indian-american-filmmakers

 http://www.filmindiaworldwide.com/2015/10/watch-out-for-five-films-in-jio-mamis.html

http://m.dailyuw.com/arts_and_leisure

 http://www.vanguardseattle.com/2015/10/21/on-the-town-seattle-south-asian-film-festival-opening-gala-october-15/

 10th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival Announces 2015 Lineup – Indiewire

US biopic ‘For Here Or To Go’ traces hardships faced by immigrant professionals in Silicon Valley – Economic Times

Video: For Here Or To Go? at Washington D.C Premiere – The American Bazaar

 Indiaspora Blog Talk Radio with M R Rangaswami

Video: KRON4 Weekend Mornings Cinequest 2015 Film Festival

 Video: NBC Bay Area – Asian Pacific America Welcomes Cinequest Filmmakers

 The Kamla Show – Two Sides of the Desi Coin (pdf)

 Voice of Asian Online – 7th Annual India Film Festival Houston (pdf)

  India West – Indian Man Dreams of Love, Success in For Here Or To Go? (pdf)

Wedeside.com

 ‘For Here or To Go’ Puts a Funny Face on Immigration Woes – India West

 Decoding California – Hindustan Times

 Bay Area Film Brings Indian Immigrant Experience to Silver Screen – Richmond Pulse

Festivals

Cinequest, San Jose, California, February 28th 2015

World Premiere (sold out).

2 additional screenings (sold out), and the film received an encore screening.

Cinequest was voted best fest in the nation, April 2015 USA Today poll.

Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH), March 3rd 2015

Opening night film (full house). Texas Premiere.

International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA), Toronto, May 17th 2015

 Canada Premiere (sold out)

Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), New York , July 26th 2015

New York Premiere

Festival Of Globe (FOG), San Jose, California, August 12th 2015

Bay Area Screening, CA

Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM), August 20th 2015

Australia Premiere

Washington D.C South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF), September 26th 2015

Washington D.C Premiere

Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF), October 15th 2015

JURY AWARD winner, opening night film. Seattle Premiere.

JIO MAMI, 17th Mumbai Film Festival, November 3rd and 5th, 2015

Asia Premiere, featured in ‘Discovering India’ section.

‘Top 10 at MAMI,’ Mumbai Mirror daily round-up of hottest flicks to catch Nov 5th, 2015.

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, November 14th, 2015

Philadelphia Premiere

South Asian International Film Festival, New York, Dec 12th 2015

SAIFF Premiere

Seattle Asian American Film Festival, February 21st, 2016

Seattle Screening

London Asian Film Festival, March 7th, 2016

U.K Premiere

Riverside International Film Festival, May 10th, 2016

Riverside, CA

Middle Coast Film Festival, Bloomington, July 29th, 2016

Indiana Premiere

Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, September 3rd, 2016

Long Beach, CA

22nd Annual South Asian Film Festival, October 1st, 2016

Opening night film. Orlando, Florida Premiere.

Meet the Team

Rishi Bhilawadikar

Rishi Bhilawadikar

Writer and Producer
Rucha Humnabadkar

Rucha Humnabadkar

Director
Vineet Sinha

Vineet Sinha

Producer
CC Chainey

CC Chainey

Producer
Tristan Nyby

Tristan Nyby

Director of Photography
Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez

Post Supervisor
Peter Scartabello

Peter Scartabello

Original Score
Abhijit Deshpande

Abhijit Deshpande

Editor
Rishi Bhilawadikar

Rishi Bhilawadikar

Writer and Producer
Rucha Humnabadkar

Rucha Humnabadkar

Director
Vineet Sinha

Vineet Sinha

Producer
CC Chainey

CC Chainey

Producer
Tristan Nyby

Tristan Nyby

Director of Photography
Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez

Post Supervisor
Peter Scartabello

Peter Scartabello

Original Score
Abhijit Deshpande

Abhijit Deshpande

Editor

Supported By

brad
Brad Feld

Production Strategy & Consulting

Ashish Sharma

Abhi Nadgir

 

Executive Producers

Jayan Ramankutty

Vibha Jayan

Anil Sippy

Ketan Humnabadkar

Aaron Sakowski

Roger Wang

Niket Biswas

Deepak Ravindran

 

Co-Producers

Radhika Reddy

Shaheen Gandhi

 

Music Created by

Manesh Judge

Mike Nathaniel

Ajit Singh

 

Choreography

Karan Riar  (Riar Academy of Performing Arts)

Meera Sarkar Riar (Riar Academy of Performing Arts)

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 madhuban
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