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Cast & Crew

Read bios of the filmmakers and the cast of COSMOPOLITAN below, or get a list of film credits.

Nisha Ganatra

Nisha Ganatra
Director

Ganatra's first feature film, Chutney Popcorn, received much acclaim, garnering Best Feature Film Awards at the Outfest Los Angeles and the San Francisco International Film Festival and Audience Awards at the Berlin, Newport, Paris Madrid International Film Festivals.

Ganatra completed the feature comedy Fast Food High and directed The Real World New York and Road Rules/Real World Challenge for MTV. She is in development for feature films with Jane Startz Productions (Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting, The Baby Sitters Club, The Mighty) and is about to start production on a new romantic comedy starring Heather Graham.

Junky Punky Girlz, the short Ganatra directed while at NYU's Graduate Film School, won extraordinary recognition, garnering many awards including the Tisch Fellowship and the PBS Grand Prize for Most Outstanding Short Film of the year.

Sabrina Dhawan

Sabrina Dhawan
Screenwriter

Dhawan wrote Monsoon Wedding for director Mira Nair while pursuing her graduate degree in film from Columbia University. Monsoon Wedding received the Golden Lion at Venice and was released internationally to great acclaim. She subsequently scripted Nair's contribution to the omnibus project 09'11'01 for Arte. Dhawan is currently writing a screenplay for Christine Vachon's Killer Films and is in development on a comedy series for HBO, with Brad Grey set to produce.

Brian Devine, Jennifer Small and Jason Orans
L-R Brian Devine, Jennifer Small and
Jason Orans

Gigantic Pictures
Producers

Gigantic Pictures is the New York-based independent production company run by Brian Devine, Jason Orans and Jennifer Small. In addition to COSMOPOLITAN, Gigantic Pictures produced The Suitor for PBS, a narrative film based on a story by the Dominican American author Julia Alvarez. Additional productions include an adaptation of Bernard Malamud's The First Seven Years starring Israel Horovitz and Carol Kane, which was broadcast nationally on PBS; The Third Date, starring Sandra Bernhard, Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clark, which premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and played the 2003 London Film Festival; Drena De Niro's documentary Girls and Dolls, which premiered on WNET; and Israel Horovitz's autobiographical documentary about 9/11, Three Weeks After Paradise, which premiered on Bravo. Gigantic is currently in post-production on Satellite, a feature film by the writer/director Jeff Winner (You Are Here).

Chris Rael

Chris Rael
Songs

Chris Rael is the founder and leader of the legendary New York band Church of Betty, and is the founder and manager of the independent label Fang Records. His many artistic collaborations include work with such artists as Najma Akhtar, Samir Chatterjee, David Byrne, Curt Smith, Elliot Sharp, Penny Arcade and Steve Gorn.

The Cast

Roshan Seth

Roshan Seth
Gopal

Seth was born in New Delhi but has been working primarily in the west since the 1960s. He received a Genie Award for his starring role in Such a Long Journey. His many major film appearances include Monsoon Wedding, Gandhi (as Nehru, a performance which earned him a BAFTA Award nomination), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, London Kills Me, Mississippi Masala, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of Suburbia and A Passage to India. He frequently appears on stage in London, New York and India. Variety called Seth one of "India's most distinguished actors working in the west."


Carol Kane

Carol Kane
Mrs. Shaw

Kane received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Hester Street. She has appeared in over forty films, including Annie Hall, Carnal Knowledge, Dog Day Afternoon, The Last Detail, The Princess Bride, Scrooged and Addams Family Values. Kane most recently appeared in Disney’s Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Her many television roles include the unforgettable Simcha on the long-running show Taxi, for which she won two Emmy Awards. She also appears frequently on stage in New York and Los Angeles.


Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur Jaffrey
Madhu

Born in Delhi, India, Jaffrey attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Jaffrey can be seen on Broadway in the new Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, Bollywood Dreams. In addition to her work on stage and screen, Jaffrey is the world's preeminent Indian cookbook author. Her most recent cookbook is From Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail. Her film credits include Merchant/Ivory's Cotton Mary, Six Degrees of Separation, Vanya on 42nd Street and Chutney Popcorn.


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