AMERICAN HASI

After losing his day job, comedian Tushar Singh decides to pursue stand-up comedy full-time. Growing up as the only Indian American in his elementary school in Alabama, Singh draws upon his personal life in his stand-up material, finding humor in the conflicts and awkwardness between private and public life. In an attempt to accelerate his comedy career and take advantage of his unique comedic perspective, Singh maps out a 35-day comedy tour in India, taking part in India’s flourishing stand-up scene. Director Laura Asherman (MARAMASO) follows Singh’s journey from the US to India as he discovers the advantages and challenges of making audiences laugh through his self-deprecating, occasionally taboo humor. Along for the journey is Singh’s mother, supporting his comedic endeavors while connecting him to his family’s past as they tour India. Throughout the film, Singh also has the opportunity to interview influential comedians Russell Peters, Bill Burr, and Vir Das. Balancing humor with the struggle for success and self-discovery, AMERICAN HASI is a funny yet emotional portrait of a comedian at the crossroads of his life and career. – Daniel Mauro

Filmmaker and subject in attendance for post-screening Q&A!

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IN COMPETITION for Best Documentary Feature
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DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER: Laura Asherman
PRODUCERS: Tushar Singh, Nitesh Sapra, Neil Sapra, Court Sullivan
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chaitanya Dahagam
EDITOR: Tim Vece
FEATURING: Tushar Singh

LENGTH: 74 min
LANGUAGE: English | Hindi
COUNTRY: US | India
GENRE: Documentary | Comedy

SUBTITLES: English
FORMAT: DCP

2018 Calcutta International Cult Film Festival Outstanding Achievement Award
American Hasi Official Website