April 6, 2016
Set against the backdrop of the 2008 recession, For Here or To Go? is a comedy drama about the many personal battles faced by immigrants living in America. Young Silicon Valley software professional Vivek Pandit is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears.
Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his “it’s just paperwork” mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Just as the prospect of returning home to India starts to look tempting, Vivek meets a girl worth the fight to keep the life he has built in America. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates – other immigrants equally seen as “temporary workers” in the United States, who drive nice cars but avoid investing in furniture for fear of having to leave it all behind.
American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement. For more information about the film, please visit forhereortogomovie.com.
Free and open to the public.
About Rishi Bhilawadikar, Writer/Producer:
Rishi is the writer & the producer of the film & is a San Francisco based user experience designer and currently works at GAP Corporate office. Rishi is originally from Mumbai. He ran a popular humor blog called "Stuff Desis Like" documenting the peculiarities of Indian assimilation in to the American culture. His screenplay for "For Here or To Go?" was inspired by the blog's success.
About Rucha Humnabadkar, Director:
Rucha is the Director of the film & is known for her work with acclaimed Indian filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor. As Assistant Director and Art Director she was instrumental in delivering indie hits such as Hyderabad Blues, Rockford and Bollywood Calling. Rucha is originally from Hyderabad. She is also a San Francisco based user experience designer who worked at eBay and currently consults with start-ups in the valley.
Ali Fazal (Bobby Jasoos, Fast & Furious 7)
Omi Vaidya (3 Idiots)
Melanie Kannokada (HBO's upcoming series The Brink)
Rajit Kapur (Byomkesh Bakshi, Well Done Abba, Ghulam)
Amitosh Nagpal (Besharam, Dabangg)
Samrat Chakrabarti (Midnight's Children)
Sponsored by the International House Global Voices Lecture Series and the Consulate General of India in Chicago.