Mr India

Pratik Patel leaves the comfort of an established career, sells his prized belongings and flies out of New Zealand to follow his heart and enter the Mr India beauty Pageant held in New Delhi, without his family's knowledge.

A success story spanning two nations; one of self-discovery and sacrifice.

  • James Fink-Jensen
    Director
    Street Games
  • Sam McKillen
    Producer
  • James Fink-Jensen
    Producer
    Street Games
  • Zachary Macer
    Producer
  • Pratik Patel
    Key Cast
  • Colin Mathura-Jeffree
    Key Cast
    Love Has No Language
  • Peter Feeney
    Key Cast
    Vermilion, Into the Rainbow, 30 Days of Night, Black Sheep, Toy Love
  • Rex Braganza
    Key Cast
  • Sabby Jey
    Key Cast
  • Lewis Holden
    Key Cast
  • Carol McIntosh
    Key Cast
  • Karuna Thawani
    Key Cast
  • Sylvia Rands
    Key Cast
  • Sneha Shetty
    Key Cast
  • Anish Patel
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Tagore International Film Festival
    Shantiniketan, Bolpur
    India
    Best Documentary Film
  • New Indie Film Festival of London
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Jersey Shore Film Festival
    New Jersey
    United States
    June 23, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Red Wood Film Festival

    September 20, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Little Wing Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    September 21, 2020
    Official Selection
  • MLC Awards
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    United States
    September 13, 2020
    Semi-Finalist
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 9, 2020
    Semi-Finalist
  • Aasha International Film Festival
    Maharashtra
    India
    October 5, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - James Fink-Jensen

James Fink-Jensen is a filmmaker from Auckland, New Zealand. James has created Stonehedge Films, a production company with Mr India being its first entry into its catalogue of films.

Since the age of twelve, James, along with his friends, have made low budget short films for platforms like YouTube. Over the last half decade, he has studied filmmaking at high school and the University of Auckland.

James' first entry into film festivals was a short film called "Street Games". Made in 2017, it was self-funded, and he employed an assemble of actors and crew. He won "Best Student Film" as well as "Honorable Mention" at various minor film festivals.

James' favourite genre of film is drama. Likewise, he is fascinated with the art form of lower budget independent films, which tell authentic tales of protagonists we do not usually associate ourselves with.

James wants to grow as a screenwriter and director, with the intention of making short and feature films during his career.

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Director Statement

With Mr India, I and the Stonehedge Films team, want to portray Pratik as an individual who will push himself to the very extreme. The art form of documentary filmmaking gave us the ability to honour his drive and determination. We see his development as a strong contender for the title of "Mr India".

His dedication to strengthening his mind and body has no bounds. We wanted to show his mental struggle, and shed a light on how one can come out of it as a transformed person, with every good intention to help others.