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A tale reminiscent of Satyajit Ray

With being singled out by major reviewers for his work in the American film The Pool, veteran actor Nana Patekar ought to be at least on the long list of Oscar nominees. But the story about how he came to be in the film itself is an award-winning act.

Chris Smith, well known for his documentaries including American Movie, had quite a bit of ordeal casting the new artists for his film The Pool, which has just opened to rave reviews in New York and will be expanding to cities across the country in the next few weeks.

"We thought of giving up the project at one point, especially when we could not locate a bungalow with a pool," he says.

A modern day fable The Pool centres on 18-year-old Venkatesh, a humble worker, who gets acquainted with the head of an affluent family (played by Patekar). While he is bested with the family patriarch's daughter, Venkatesh also tries to get his younger friend Jhangar share what looks like a sudden burst of fortune.

Text: Arthur J Pais

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