A modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's
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In October 2012, widower and convenience mart owner Kunal Lahiri wishes to retire and bequeath his property in Queens to his three grown children, as New York City braces for Hurricane Sandy.
Featuring Joseph R. Gannascoli (Vito Spatafore from HBO's The Sopranos), the film stars Siraj Huda in the title role, with Uma Paranjpe, Danish Farooqui, Chareeni Kurukulasuriya and Zane Gillion as the Lahiri family.
Costarring Nimo Gandhi, Gabriel Awan, Ellen Boscov, Brian DiRaimondo, Irfan-Ul Huq, Gibril Huq, Phoebe Huq, Ronnel R. Parham,
Frank Provenzano, Mukta Phatak, Tara Raani, Arif Silverman, Sal Sirchia, ReW STaRR and Zsa Zsa Gabone.
Written by Saima Huq.
Directed by Christopher Picone.
ABOUT THE FILM
From Stage To Screen
King Lahiri began as a short play that ran in July 2018 at Shetler Theatres on West 54th Street in New York City. The title character was played by Siraj Huda, and his family by Saima Huq, Danish Farooqui, Arshia Panicker and Tony White.
After the final performance, an audience member thanked writer Saima Huq for "telling the stories of people we all see but don't know much about" and that she was going to have more conversations with the owner of her local convenience store from now on.
This film is dedicated to the original Tony, Donald Anthony "Tony" White (bottom right), who passed away suddenly in January 2020. He loved the Tony character and, when asked if it was Ok to name the character after him, told us we better NOT name him anything else!
Left to right: Siraj Huda as Mr. Kunal Lahiri, Saima Huq as Salima, Tony White as Tony.
King Lahiri, Always Love Lucy Theatre at Shetler Theatres, New York City, July 2018
Q&A at the 10th Annual Chain Film Festival in New York City
Video courtesy of Piyali Syam