"Techno," based on Nishi Chawla's novel, " A Human Silicon Chip," is about the the power of tech money to change the nature of the sibling rivalry between two brothers from India, Kabir and Suvir, where the struggling liberal arts Professor undergoes a moral transformation as he sees his brother make it it big in the Silicon Valley. Set against the boom and bust of the silicon valley era and its resurgence now, the plot charts their dreams, their drives, and their dilemmas. Nishi Chawla's screenplay also tries to capture the philosophical underside of the information revolution even as it traces the boom and bust of the dot com era. There is no conscious portrayal of the physical or mental characteristics of any single entrepreneur who contributed to this boom. The screenplay aims to evoke the philosophical underpinnings of the whirlwind that arose in the nineties in the silicon valley,
Nishi Chawla's first attempt at writing and directing a movie on inter cultural love. The movie examines how racial and cultural differences only divide us.
While the incidence of interracial dating and exogamous marriages has definitely gone up in the past decade or so, the acceptance of such relationships is still fraught with complexities of social psychology and ingrained racial prejudices.
The story is set in the 1970s, and it reveals the deep seated hostility of a white American Professor's white wife to their two daughters' boyfriends, one a Hindu Indian medical doctor and the other, a Muslim. Nishi Chawla's story also exposes the consequences of the daughters' choices and decisions and the changed landscape of modern romantic entanglements.
The movie is a slow and poetic meditation on love and race issues. It is set in the 1970s. Since the movie is a composite of American, Indian, and Iranian cultures, Nishi Chawla got some music commissioned and took legal permission from some singers to use their works in the movie. This is a low budget independent movie she made herself. The film seeks to unify people across cultures.
"The Strange Case of Normalcy" is a subtle examination of how each of us lives on the edge of normalcy while we construct an illusion of "the normal" by which we define ourselves. All of us strive to appear to be 'normal' and pretend to be 'average' and 'normal' even as the boundaries blur. Five ethnically diverse friends who graduate from an Ivy League institution, consider themselves smart. They are aware though, of the fragile boundaries of the human mind. The story unfolds how each of them experiences serious issues of isolation, suicidal thoughts, and how they live on the edge of time.
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