Writer-director Lena Khan’s debut feature boasts a stellar cast, a colorful recreation of the 1970s and a boisterous comic spirit that aims equally for the heart and the funny bone. In this wholly original take on the immigrant experience, the incomparable Danny Pudi stars as Sami Malik, a young Indian who travels to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer. He’s determined to land a lucrative career in order to live up to the legacy of his late father—a legendary tiger hunter. However, Sami finds that success in America doesn’t come easy. When his job falls through, he takes a low-paying gig in the company basement and joins a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is…or perhaps ever could be.
Khan deftly conducts her ensemble in a story that finds huge laughs and pointed commentary on the treatment of immigrants in the American work force. Along with a star turn by Pudi – who earns leading man status with effortless charm – the film’s gifted cast includes scene-stealing performances from IFFLA alum Rizwan Manji (MISS INDIA AMERICA), NAPOLEON DYNAMITE’s Jon Heder, Glee’s Iqbal Theba and many, many more.
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- Lena Khan
Lena Khan is a writer-director whose work is an organic blend of wit, rich emotional aptitude and a slightly eccentric outlook on life. Since graduating from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television, she has been directing short films, commercials and music videos. Her videos have screened at festivals, been broadcast on major network television channels across the world and received over 20 million hits on YouTube. THE TIGER HUNTER is her first feature.