Opening Night - Amal*

Thursday, Sep 25th, 2008 - 7:30 PM

Venue: Landmark's E Street Cinema

Advance (Online)PriceDoor SalesPrice
Senior 65+/ Students$12Senior 65+/ Students$20
Group (min 6 tickets)$12

*Best Narrative Feature

Filmmaker Richie Mehta and star Rupinder Nagra will be in attendance.

TIcket includes admission to screening and Opening Night reception after the screening.


Directed by Richie Mehta

Running Time: 118 minutes
Year: 2007
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): English, Hindi w/ subtitles


View Trailer

“Sometimes the poorest of men are the richest.”

A New Delhi auto-rickshaw driver patiently endures browbeating insults from his passenger-- a surly, impoverished old man--before agreeing to accept less than the proper fare.  “You’re an idiot,” the passenger taunts before pensively adding, “You’ll die broke.” 

Amal Kumar, the rickshaw driver, is a poor man living a simple, honest life in New Delhi.  Content to live humbly and uphold his father’s ideals, he poses no threat to anyone.  That is, until that one particular elderly stranger is so inspired by Amal’s purity of spirit that he privately maneuvers to make Amal the financial envy of many, much to the dismay of his family who would be denied upon his death.  So stir the waters around Amal in Richie Mehta’s endearing film about happiness, character, discovery and the possibility of goodness.

This film, about a pure man and his effect on the people around him, is filled with deep and engaging characters, anchored by the elegant portrayal of title character by Rupinder Nagra, a talented television actor in Europe and Canada. Nagra is ably supported by a standout cast of film and television veterans, including Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, Koel Purie and Vik Sahay, who currently appears in NBC’s Chuck. The story is complemented by the film’s rich visual presentation that can’t help but make you feel viscerally immersed in its characters and events.

With Amal, Richie Mehta offers us many things, among them: likeable characters, an intriguing story, and beautifully expressive images. But most important of all might be the life-affirming feeling of rooting for the good guy.  In this case, a truly good guy.