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September 15, 2007

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Dr. D

ER was a good step for PKN in that she was able to leverage the popularity of Bend It in America. But the shooting schedule, from what I hear, is unforgiving. There is little time for her (or her coworkers) to take major rolls in relevant movies.

Until she is released from her contract and again is in charge of her own schedule, she'll be struggling for opportunities on the big screen.

As far as the role diversity, she herself stated that she receives a barrage of scripts with the same ol' theme - South Asian girl struggling with her old world family in a Western setting.

She and her posse need to work on a new niche. Her fans will surely follow.

David Eisenthal

Welcome, Dr. D! I understand that you are a prominent Parminder fan - and I thank you for your comments.

I have two thoughts flowing from your comments. First, while it seems reasonable that Parminder Nagra's opportunities to make movies have been restricted by an "unforgiving" ER shooting schedule, it is also true that she was able to be a part of "In Your Dreams," which ended up going nowhere - at least here in the United States.

I see at least four possible explanations for this.

1. The movie was not very good,

2. The movie was "too British" for American audiences,

3. The production team - including director Gary Sinyor - was not tied in well enough to the Hollywood establishment to secure a decent theatrical release, or

4. The marketing of the film was not as aggressive as it ought to have been.

My uninformed intuition leans to the last explanation.

A second thought is that it is not surprising to hear that Parminder Nagra is being "pigeonholed" in roles where she would play a "South Asian girl struggling with her old world family in a Western setting." I'm thinking that creative alliances between Ms. Nagra's professionals, her fans, and other industry participants (particularly journalists) might begin to address some of this pigeonholing.

Lastly, I have ideas for stories that might be useful in building scripts - for anyone who might be able to do something with them. (By the time I would actually write the screenplays, Parminder would be in line to play Ethel Thayer in "On Golden Pond.")

Again, thank you Dr. D for your thoughts.

David Eisenthal

Here - http://www.explorenewengland.com/travel?article=/massachusetts/articles/2007/09/19/revived_amherst_cinema_serves_a_community_of_film_fans - is an article on the type of venue where "In Your Dreams" might have done well. Amherst Cinema is a small arthouse theatre in Amherst, Massachusetts - home to the University of Massachusetts as well as Amherst College and Hampshire College.

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