MINNEAPOLIS (May 14, 2011) – Award winning Indian filmmaker Shyamaprasad was on hand last Saturday afternoon to present his world premiere of “Elektra” before an enthusiastic crowd at the Coffman Union Theatre on the east bank campus of the University of Minnesota.
Shyamaprasad was present at the screening event that was promoted by the United States office of the India Chamber of Commerce along with the Minnesota Film & TV Board. The acclaimed director graced the audience with an articulate discussion of his latest project.
“Elektra is a modern day interpretation of the Greek Myth, set in the backdrop of an aristocratic Catholic family from Kerala, South India,” said Shyamaprasad.
Shyamaprasad co-wrote the film with Kiran Prabhakar based on the Greek myth
The film score was written by Alphone Joseph and the cinematographer was Sanu George Varghese.
The film was produced by N. B. Vindhyan and stars popular Tamil actress Nayantara (Diana Mariam Kurian) as Elekrea. She is said to deliver a scintillating performance, along with Manisha Koirala as Diana, her graceful, but troubled mother.
The remaining cast is an impressive list of actors from Indian cinema. India National Award winner Prakash Raj appears as Abraham, the father of Elektra. Skanda Ashok is Edwin, her uncle. The cast is rounded out with Biju Menon, P. Sreekumar, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, and Shruthi Menon.
Shyamaprasad also talked about his past films which include Ore Kadal (The Sea Within), a 2007 that was screened in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis at St. Anthony’s Main, and has since received nearly 40 awards globally. His other films include Ritu (Seasons), Akale (At A Distance) and Agnisakshi (With Fire as Witness).
Shyamaprasad was honored with several regional, national, and international awards for his work including Stuttgart Film festival in Germany and other American and European festivals.
Despite the many accolades the Minnesota audience was more interested in appreciating Shyamaprasad’s sensitivity and his compassionate treatise of the frailty of the human condition that is his work.
“It was a great pleasure to welcome Indian director Shyamaprasad to Minnesota on behalf of Minnesota Film & TV for a screening of his most recent film, Elektra,” said Lucinda Winter, executive director, MNFilmTV. “Our office is looking forward to working with Shyamaprasad and the India Chamber of Commerce to explore the potential for filming a feature film in Minnesota.”
The event included a Q and A session, followed by praise from the India Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Film & TV Board. They both thanked Shyamaprasad for traveling to visit the Minnesota community. Lucinda Winter expressed her excitement over future joint projects.
Together with the India Chamber of Commercr, director Seann Nelipinath announced two exciting international film projects under the direction of Shyamaprasad, with major acting casts and a television serial with the potential to reach 200 episodes to be filmed entirely in Minnesota.
The project open up an opportunity for the state to engage in an international film production.
The event concluded with a reception where members of the community, film enthusiasts, and several individuals from India, including a few inspiring young filmmakers, were able to congratulate and personally thank the Director for his generous contribution.
India Chamber of Commerce, USA is located at 7760 France Avenue South, Suite 1100, Minneapolis, MN 55435. Contact ICC USA at 952-886-7550, email [email protected] or visit online at www.indiachamber.org.