Tirlok Malik, an Ayurveda restaurateur, Happy Life Yoga speaker, and Emmy nominated Indian-American filmmaker, is best known for making films about Indian immigrants in the US such as ‘Lonely in America’, ‘Khushiyaan’, and ‘On Golden Years’, among others. His latest outing, a short film titled ‘To New India with Love’, endeavors to touch upon the all important subject of youth aspirations. It’s releasing on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day. The short is being presented by Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media. “The future of India rests on the shoulders of the youth. Therefore, every step taken to empower the youth is a step forward towards the fulfillment of the dream of New India. The film ‘To New India with Love’ is a sincere attempt to inspire the youth and instill hope and confidence in them towards the building of New India,” comments Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh whose lifelong work demonstrates his love and commitment for India.
‘To New India with Love’ tells the story of Vijay, a young college student, who asks a visiting NRI professor, Prof. Khanna, to help him go to America and he has his passport ready. The short film explores the emotional conflict that comes with the reality of life. When Vijay asks Prof. Khanna if he can help him go to America, the professor reminds him that “New India is in the making” and that he must play his part in contributing to New India. Vijay does not agree and expresses his frustrations and struggles, proclaiming, “New India is all about faking”. He has completed his graduation but he can’t find a job and feels guilty that he is unable to financially support his family. When Prof. Khanna encourages him to have faith in New India, Vijay snaps back, “Why don’t NRIs come back to India including yourself?”
According to Malik, “‘To New India with Love’ is aimed at empowering the youth of India. The heated debate at the heart of the film shows how sometimes a conversation can change the direction of one’s life. Many young people want to leave India, but it is not possible for all of them to get the visas. Moreover, migration is a choice that one makes and there is an emotional price associated with it. But, ultimately, it is up to an individual”.
‘To New India with Love’ stars Tirlok Malik (as Prof. Khanna), Aryan Pratap Singh (as Vijay), and Dalip Maccune. The screenplay and dialogues are written by Murtaza Ali Khan. While Rakesh Zharotia is the film’s editor and assistant director, Vijay Chauhan serves as the DOP. Special thanks to Tushar Unadkat of MUKTA Advertising (Canada) for his help with media.
The germ of the story idea for ‘To New India with Love’ was born when Tirlok Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York. “‘To New India with Love’ envisages the vision of New India championed by PM Narendra Modi Ji. It aims at creating a greater awareness about the role that NRIs can play in mentoring the Indian youth,” sums up Tirlok Malik.
‘To New India with Love’ will be released on various digital platforms. So join us for the world premiere on Friday, August 27th, 2021 on the YouTube channel of nritvfilmclub at 11.00 AM EST (USA / CANADA) and 8.30 PM IST (INDIA).
Watch the teaser HERE.