Priyanka Chopra, the reigning queen of global success, continues to dominate. Over the weekend, the actress was in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. It’s the largest one for independent films. This year, it takes place from January 18-28 and will see 110 movies being screened, including Chopra’s next Hollywood venture “A Kid Like Jake” and Irrfan Khan’s “Puzzle.”
After her triumphant entry into American television via ABC‘s FBI drama “Quantico” and her big screen debut in 2017 in the action comedy”Baywatch,” her next movie is relatively somber but powerful. Directed by Silas Howard, the indie drama “A Kid Like Jake” is based on a 2013 play of the same name. Chopra will star alongside big names like Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Octavia Spencer (“The Help”), Ann Dowd (“The Handmaids Tale”) and Amy Landecker (“Transparent”).
She plays single mother Amal and a friend to Greg and Alex Wheeler, who, as per the movie synopsis, help their 4-year-old son figure out gender norms because he prefers Cinderella to G. I. Joe. In doing so, they navigate the rifts created between them and their own parenting styles.
“A Kid Like Jake” will make its world premiere at Sundance. Chopra, along with the rest of her cast, is promoting the movie with interviews and stunning photo shoots. Luckily, she’s also been capturing the Utah magic on her Instagram.
— Vulture (@vulture) January 22, 2021
So proud to be a part of #AKidLikeJake, a story that humanizes the struggle of parents trying to do right by their kid. This film breaks down the barriers of being socially correct, and encourages you to embraces the qualities that makes each one of us unique. So happy to bring my support to this already stellar cast. See you at the pictures… 🙌🏻 #SundanceFilmFestival
This is not the only South Asian representation coming out of Sundance. Khan, who recently won the Filmfare Best Actor award for his performance in “Hindi Medium,” will star in “Puzzle,” directed by Marc Turtletaub, alongside Kelly MacDonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), David Denman (“The Office”), Austin Abrams (“The Walking Dead”), and Liv Hewson (“Santa Clarita Diet”). In an incredible and unique plot, the movie focuses on a suburban mother who is always taken for granted by the men in her life. When she discovers her passion for solving unsolvable jigsaw puzzles, everything changes in unexpected ways.
Plus, newcomer and solid cutie Parker Sevak plays child prodigy Jimmy in “The Kindergarten Teacher,” which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as the titular teacher and aspiring poet who becomes obsessed with her student’s skill while attempting to help him. The movie also stars Ajay Naidu (“Blindspot”), Samrat Chakrabarti (“Viceroy’s House”), Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”), and Rosa Salazar (“Maze Runner”).
— Vulture (@vulture) January 20, 2021
Written by and starring “Hamilton” breakout Daveed Diggs (“blackish”) and Rafael Casal’s buddy comedy “Blindspotting” is garnering rave reviews at Sundance. Janina Gavankar (“Sleepy Hollow”) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (“The Mindy Project”) also star. It’s about two best friends, Collin and Miles. The latter always gets into trouble but also gets an easy pass because he’s white whereas Collin, being black, doesn’t have the same advantage. The film tackles race by interweaving drama and comedy perfectly.
— janina gavankar (@Janina) January 21, 2021
In the documentary “Kailash,” based on the life of the Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi (he shared the honor with Malala Yousafzai), director Derek Doneen explores his life and his movement to rescue children from slavery. Satyarthi founded the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, the Global March Against Child Labor, and the Bachpan Bachao Andalon, which translates to Save Childhood Movement. He has saved more than 86,000 children in India from being sold into unlawful child labor and slavery, often putting himself in harm’s way. Doneen decided to make the documentary because he realized no one knew about the work Satyarthi did, including himself.
The controversial Sri Lankan pop star M.I.A., best known for songs like “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls,” is the subject of the documentary “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” which also premieres at Sundance. It will feature never seen before footage shot by her and her close friends spanning over 20 years. It will document all the ups and downs she’s faced in her musical career.