Monday, February 26, 2007

India wins at the Oscars

Forget Deepa Mehta. This year's Oscars had two winning Indian connections - Ravi Malhotra and Noureen Dewulf - both for West Bank Story which romped home in the Best Live Action short film category.

While the Sacramento-born Malhotra was one of the producers of the 20-minute Oscar-winning flick, Noureen was its lead actress.

West Bank Story is a musical comedy about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier - an unlikely couple who fall in love amidst the animosity of their families' duelling falafel stands in the West Bank.

Noureen, who attended Boston University's School of the Arts, is a familiar face on U.S. television and plays a minor role in the soon-to-be-released Hollywood biggie Ocean's Thirteen.

The New York-based actress (her parents hail from Pune) turns 23 on Wednesday. And don't go by her unusual surname - Noureen speaks Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu and feels she's totally Indian.

As for Malhotra, who wishes Hollywood had more musicals in the Bollywood vein, producing films is old hat. He's moved on to writing and directing his own short films. His new venture Return to Sender has an unusual storyline - that of a "corpse" coming back to life in the back of the hearse on the way to the cemetery. Oscar anyone?

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