Over the course of 4 days, I recently had an opportunity to be part of the cast for a new short film that was written and directed by my buddy - Asad Kirmani. In his professional life he is Doctor Kirmani…a psychiatrist at UT, but he has always loved movies and really wanted to go to film school. The film is called “Pornistan” and is the story of a young Muslim American who is struggling with his identity. Equal parts comedy and satire; it touches on the topics of terrorism, sex, and religion. However it is the main message of the film that speaks volumes on today’s world…that everyone is capable of hatred, intolerance, and violence no matter what color, creed, or religious background one comes from.
This amazing experience gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation on what it takes to make a movie. I don’t think I’ll ever watch a movie the way I used to. I now know first-hand the incredible amount of painstaking hard work that goes into this craft. It was also ultra-cool to be a part of a project that also involved my brother, sister in law, and a host of our good friends. We had a top notch and professional crew with top of the line equipment. It was so interesting to see all the nuances that go into lights, sound, catering, wardrobe, and set design. I also have a new found appreciation for how difficult it is to memorize lines and execute them…no matter how few or how many. A sentence comprised of just a few regular words can all of a sudden become an impossible tongue twister.
I can’t wait to see the finished product after all the editing and post-production work is done. Asad is planning to shop the movie at all the major film festivals from SXSW to Sundance in 2014. How freakin awesome! Who knows…maybe this project will be a gateway to bigger and better opportunities on the big screen for all the kick-ass people who worked so hard on this project. Pornistan Zinda Baad!