|Cast: ||Nalini Mirajkar, Alex Berezin|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Vijaykumar Mirchandani - Screenwriters: Sri Mirajkar - Cinematographer: Vikram Kolluru, Mansour Ahmed - Editor: Sri Mirajkar, Mansour Ahmed, Charles Johnson|
How important a role does tolerance, acceptance and patience play for a woman of substance looking for romance in today's political and social climate? Habaneros will give you some answers, or maybe leave you with a few questions of your own?
Sri Mirajkar makes his directorial debut with the short film, Habaneros. He is a seasoned actor with a passion for theater and film-making.
Sri has acted in several lead and supporting roles on stage, in film, and on television over the past 25yrs. He has also been awarded the Best Actor at the World Music and International Film Festival, 2018. Recently he played the lead role in the real-life TV crime serial, Evil Stepmothers, airing on Investigation Discovery Channel (Season3:Episode3). He has acted in the Bollywood feature film, Partu, which was released in Mumbai and US. Sri has also directed a full-length stage play, Draupadi's Arranged Marriage, which was staged at the DC Fringe festival in July, 2018.
In the 30+ years that I have lived in the United States, I have never thought it important enough or felt strongly enough about any event that has warranted protest in the past. The Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, 2017 was an event that triggered feelings of insecurity, belonging and concern for the direction our future was taking in me. I felt compelled to participate in this landmark event.
I was in awe at witnessing a sea of men, women, children, senior citizens, LGBTQ groups, African Americans, Latino’s and a large majority of Caucasian women who converged on our nation’s capital to protest the election of Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. It is estimated that over 500,000 people participated in the protest in Washington DC and over a million participated nationwide. Women across the world have protested this election to express their anger and disappointment.
The story for Habaneros started to take shape in my mind on that eventful morning and inspired me to pen it. I decided to use film as a medium to give voice to the sentiments of thousands of independent, strong and brave women who used pink “pussy hats”, placards, slogans, images, chants and every other form of visual aid to express their dissent.
I took the leap of faith from and switched gears from in front of the lens to behind the lens as a storyteller. With the help of my wife, friends and other passionate crew from DC Storytellers, Habaneros saw the day of light.
With in-kind support, deferred payments and self-funding, this low/no budget short film is my directorial debut and feel proud to have made a statement through my story. Wanting to take it to the next level, I teamed up with Vijaykumar Mirchandani an award winning Executive Producer, and it has already made inroads within the festival circuit. It has been screened in DC South Asian Film Festival, Chicago South Asian Film festival and very soon in India. I am extremely happy that it has touched a cord with the festivalgoers and look forward to creating more awareness.
A big Thank you to everyone for believing in my story and supporting me through this journey.