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A sister travels far in search for her estranged brother who has renounced all worldly possessions and relationships to follow the sacred life of an ascetic. The story is set at the Rinn Muktheshwar temple in India, where people pray in hope of absolving themselves of their debts.

  • Saraswathi Balgam
  • Saraswathi Balgam
  • Prashant Buyyala
  • Sriharsh Sharma
    Key Cast
    The Darjeeling Limited, For Real
  • Sreepoorna Majumdar
    Key Cast
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    5 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Saraswathi Balgam

Saraswathi Balgam (aka Vani), is a self taught photographer, painter and filmmaker. Born in India and being an ardent global traveler gave her the ability to see things differently. Her motivation is to seek beyond what is visible, to look beyond the image, to find the light and to photograph the spirit of joy in all aspects of nature.

Vani has extensively explored the far reaches of the globe, however a personal calling is her love to venture into the villages deep in the Himalayas. Her effortless ability to be in the moment and connect with people provides a unique and insightful view into life in these remote places.

This wandering artist is exploring her experiences from within and elsewhere in her paintings. Painting as a medium allows her to meditate and enjoy the pure freedom of using colors to express the space of human consciousness that transcends the limited.

Apart from being a photographer, painter and a filmmaker, Vani was the founding director and head of the Asian offices for Rhythm & Hues Studios, the multiple academy-award-winning computer Animation and Visual Effects pioneer. She was also the president of ASIFA India, a non-profit organization focused on promoting the art of animation in India. She also started the Indian chapter of Women in Animation.

Vani is currently living in Shanghai, China and continues to travel to Los Angeles and to the remote regions of Himalayas.

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