Actress, DEEPTI GUPTA, who has a pivotal role in India Sweets and Spices starring alongside Sophia Ali, Manisha Koirala, Adil Hussain and Rish Shah, which will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival which runs June 9 – 20th in New York City. The movie is slated to run the first week.
Director Geeta Malik, in her first English language film, has crafted an original, fresh and fun take on the classic coming of age story in which a college freshman, ‘Alia Kapur’ (played beautifully by Sophia Ali), returns home for the summer and confronts her parents’ values in order to understand her own evolving identity. Discovering secrets and lies in her parents’ past that make her question everything she thought she knew about her family, the film’s protagonist encounters Deepti’s ‘Bhairavi Dutta,’ the new owner of the neighborhood’s South Asian grocery store, India Sweets & Spices. Her character who was an activist for women’s rights before emigrating to the U.S. couldn’t, ultimately, override the patriarchy of the culture and country we grew up in.
If there is anyone in this story who can enlighten young ‘Alia’ on what it was like in her parents’ home country and what is achievable now, it’s Gupta’s effectively portrayed ‘Bharavi,’ very much the boss who evolves to be the moral center of the film. In fact, through Deepti’s character, the mother-daughter duo at the center of the picture, find their true selves connecting for the ultimate payoff.
Gupta holds two MFA degrees which paved the way toward distinctive appearances in the last couple years including critically lauded High School Musical: The Series (Disney Channel) and The Politician (Netflix), Deepti is rising to the ranks of those few character actresses who can mold themselves into whatever each role requires. One of the most in-demand voices in audio books, Gupta is about to start work on one of the most anticipated fall series, Kung Fu Panda, from Dreamworks Animation. She is poised to break as the “It” girl from the upcoming Tribeca FF next month.