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The Kite

World Narrative Competition

North American Premiere

USA, India | 93 MINUTES | Hindi, English |



Set against the dynamic and colorful spectacle of India's largest kite festival, the Uttarayan, The Kite is a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of energy, romance, and family turmoil. After a five-year absence, businessman Jayesh arrives in the vibrant Gujarati metropolis of Ahmedabad for a surprise visit to his once-grand ancestral home, bringing with him his grown daughter Priya and some unexpected news for the family's future. While Jayesh is greeted with suspicion by the family matriarch Ba, his widowed sister-in-law Sudha, and resentful nephew Chakku, Priya breaks free and begins a flirtation with an earnest young local named Bobby.

A Southern Gothic family saga transposed to India, The Kite weaves the intersecting narratives of its six characters into the lively bustle of the kite festival itself. As Priya wanders the streets among the revelry with a Super 8 camera, her footage too is incorporated into the film's fabric, making first-time director Prashant Bhargava's film a sumptuous experience of light, color, and music, as the family comes to terms with its fractured past and fragile dreams.


Co-hosted by

Indo-American Arts Council


Directed by Prashant Bhargava and Prashant Bhargava

PRASHANT BHARGAVA makes his feature debut with The Kite. His short Sangam premiered at Sundance, garnering several awards. Prashant started out in the arts as a graffiti artist and went on to study computer science at Cornell and theatrical directing at The Actors Studio. He directs and designs commercials, music videos, and promos.
Primary Cast
Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sugandha Garg, Mukund Shukla, Aakash Mahayera, Hamid Shaikh
Prashant Bhargava
Production Designer
Meera Lakhia
Prashant Bhargava
Mario Grigorov
Director of Photography
Shanker Raman
Executive Producer
Vijay Bhargava, Jaideep Punjabi
Jaideep Punjabi
Prashant Bhargava


Sales Contact
Jaideep Punjabi
Khushi Films
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 917 209 1563
Sales Contact
Demetri Makoulis
Elephant Eye Films
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.488.8877