Rahul Rai (Harry) is a student in Pace University's Performing Arts program. "When Harry Tries to Marry" is his first appearance as an actor. He was discovered by Nayan Padrai, who saw Rai performing with an Indian dance group in New York City.
STEFANIE ESTES (Theresa) A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Estes has appeared in such films as "The Undying," "Friends With Benefits," "Revengers Inc.," "Gingerbreed" and "Mary Last Seen."
FREISHIA BOMANBEHRAN (Nita) made her TV debut in 2006 in "The Curse of King Tut's Tomb," followed by a role in 2007's feature film "BloodMonkey." .
TONY MIRRCANDANI (Dev) After doing dozens of movies in India, including blockbusters like "Gadar," "Koi Mil Gaya," "Market," and TV series in Bollywood, Mirrcandani travelled the world with the musical "Merchants of Bollywood," an Anglo-Australian production. He re-located to New York in 2007 and has been working there for the past four years.
ZENOBIA SHROFF (Geeta) has been an actress for 20 years. She got her start in Mumbai, then came to study acting at New York's Circle in the Square Theatre School. She soon performed at the Off-Broadway theatre Castillo, where she played roles by such diverse writers as Henrik Ibsen and German avant-gardist Heiner Muller. She also performed in Mario Frattis' "Erotic Adventures in Venice" at the famed La Mama Theatre and in Milan Kunderas' "Jacques and his Master." Shroff has taught drama and movement throughout the New York City area, primarily for inner-city and low-income children.
On film, most recently she was in Sooni Taraporevalas' "Little Zizou," produced by Mira Nair. For that role she was nominated as Best Actress at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in 2008.
Shroff is an accomplished Bharat Natyam dancer and writes and performs sketch comedy.
CAITLIN GOLD (Mary) has been acting and dancing since the age of four. Gold graduated with honors from the University of Western Ontario and then moved to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since graduating in 2008, she has appeared in more than a dozen independent and short films, webisodes and industrial films.
OSVALDO HERNANDEZ CHAVEZ (Louis)), a young actor from San Antonio, Texas, now lives in New York City, where he made his professional debut in 2005's "The Lost City."
GRANT KRETCHIK (Slick Rick and Game Show Host).has appeared Off-Broadway in "The Servant of Two Masters," "I Knock at the Door" and "Pictures in the Hallway." Kretchik's film and television credits include "Law and Order," "The Guiding Light," "As the World Turns" and "Man on the Moon." Kretchik performed in and directed an evening of Slawomir Mrozek one-act plays at New York's La Mama Theater in March 2010, and returned to LaMama in March 2011 for "Three From Tennessee" - directing one of the Tennessee Williams one-act plays ("The Pink Bedroom"). He has been accepted into the Stage Directors Choreographers Society's 2010/2011 Observership Season. This past October, Kretchik assisted on the first Broadway National Tour of "Next to Normal," directed by Michael Grief.
Kretchik received his MFA from the Actors Studio at New School University and heads the BFA Acting Program at Pace University. He has been a featured guest in Lehman College's Emerging Artist series, and has also held positions with "Entertainment Tonight" and Warner Bros. Television Casting. He is a member of Actors Equity Association. His essay "With Talent Comes Responsibility! Defining your Dream" was published in The Soul of the American Actor.
LAUREN LOGUIDICE (Angela) has produced two films, "Bridal Party" and "Yes and No." In addition, she has played roles in both films and in other features, including "Flick's Chicks" and "The Visited".
KANTI PANDYA (Deepak Uncle) is a skilled singer, dancer and comedian. "When Harry Tries to Marry" marks his feature film debut.
MICKY MAKHIJA (Commissioner Shah) has appeared in 2008's "Dil Kabaddi" and in "Don."
JAGDISH "ACTOR" PATEL (Chotu) has appeared in various Indian television shows including "Mausam," and in television commercials, and performs stand-up comedy.
NAYAN PADRAI (Director, Co-writer, Producer), born in Mumbai but a New Yorker since early childhood, studied screenwriting and filmmaking at The School of Visual Arts, NYC. In his early twenties, Padrai trained with some of the finest acting teachers in New York, which gave him the foundation to write characters and dialogue.
Padrai was the Co-Founder and President of one of the largest South Asian media, entertainment and marketing conglomerates in the U.S. There, Padrai wrote, produced and/or directed over 300 hours of Indian television programming across several genres, oversaw publication of several newspaper titles, helped lead the development of a radio station and television network, and founded an advertising agency which was one of the top 15 multi-cultural advertising agencies. At the agency he orchestrated the launch of many top brands as well as upstarts to tap the South Asian market
Padrai is completing his next screenplay, which he plans to get into production soon.
SHEETAL VYAS (Producer) started her career at the prestigious Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, India. Prior to joining Padrai's 108 Production in 2009, Vyas' work experience included positions at UTV, Channel V, Zee Tele films and Cinemaya Media Group.
Vyas worked on "Raja Ravi Varma," which won India's National Award for Best Documentary, and "Timex Time Pass," which won Screen's Television Award. She has also worked on the films "Mrityudand," directed by Prakash Jha, and "Hamesha," directed by Sanjay Gupta.
"When Harry Tries to Marry" is Vyas' first feature film as a producer.Her blog recounting that experience is appropriately titled http://adventuresofafirsttimeproducer.blogspot.com
RITU AHUJA (Producer) was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended
Hathaway Brown School, where she now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
After moving to New York City to work as a consultant at Arthur Andersen and BearingPoint, she attended Columbia University and earned a Masters of Science in Strategic Communications. She is a marketing professional who specializes in fashion and retail. Most recently, she worked for Adam by Adam Lippes and Macy's.
RALPH STEIN (Co-writer/Co-producer) graduated from Boston University and relocated overseas, where he lived for six years in Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Mexico and the Canary Islands. The invaluable life experience gained from living in these countries and the people he met there have been incorporated into many of the 15+ screenplays he's written to date, both on his own and with other writers.
Upon his return to the US, Stein studied screenwriting (post-grad) at programs including NYC Tisch School of the Arts, The New School, School of Visual Arts, and privately with one of his professors who graduated from Columbia's Master Screenwriting program. By mixing and matching classes at these respected schools and rounding them out with acting classes, Stein was able to create his own path and take a well-rounded approach to drama.
In addition to the many screenwriting contest wins/awards he has had with Nayan Padrai (already listed in Padrai's bio), Stein's latest two screenplays have advanced to the award-winning rounds of the PAGE International Screenwriting Contest, currently rated Number 2 in the country by several entertainment trades.
BHUSHAN THAKKAR (Co-Producer) The son of a photographer, Thakkar started his career at the age of 21, when he helped package creative elements and handled the post-production and graphics for Indian television shows such as N-R-Eyes, One Meeting and the Bollywood Awards, among others.
He has produced numerous hours of programming for a variety of clients, and production entities for broadcast.
In addition to co-producing "When Harry Tries to Marry," Thakkar served as Second Unit Director and directed music videos for several songs on the soundtrack.
NICK TAYLOR (Director of Photography) has worked in film, television and advertising. He has shot commercial spots around the world for over 500 clients. His TV credits include "What Is Brazil?" and "The Secret She Carried." His film credits as an assistant cameraman include "Deadly Stranger," "Mobsters" and, as second-unit director of photography, Ed Zwick's "Courage Under Fire."
JENNIFER LILLY (Editor) began her career in the cutting room of some of NY's top directors, working on Woody Allen's "The Sweet and Lowdown," "Small Time Crooks," and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"; Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"; and three films by Sidney Lumet: "Strip Search," "Find Me Guilty" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." Lilly's editing credits include "Helena from the Wedding" and "Sorry, Thanks."
JADE GLORIA HEALY (Production Designer) Canadian native Jade Gloria Healy has served in numerous production capacities. Her production-design credits include "The House of the Devil," "Alexander the Last," "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!," "Happythankyoumoreplease," "As Good As Dead," Waiting for the Blackout" and the upcoming releases "Chlorine," "Benavides Born," "40 Day Dream" and "The Innkeepers."
CIERA WELLS' (Costume Designer - USA) motion picture credits include "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!" and the upcoming "Wake" and "Play."
LAVEINA NARVANI's (Costume Designer – India) film credits include "Babul," "Banda Yeh Bindaad Hai," "Kaun Bola" and several television awards shows, along with fashion editorial photo shoots for magazines such as New Woman, Elle and Gladrags.
SARAH SHARP (Music Supervisor and featured artist) is a singer/songwriter based in Austin, Texas. She is also currently singing jazz with the legendary couple Slim Richey & Francie Meaux Jeaux while working on new original material with her band. Sharp was honored for Best Jazz at the 2009 Austin Music Awards.
Sharp's music is featured in the films "Drop Dead Sexy" and "Eleven." On TV, her music has been featured in MTV's "Miss Seventeen," "Parental Control," "Two A Days," "Meet The Barkers," "Engaged & Underage," "Curl Girls," "I'm From Rolling Stone," "True Life" and CNBC's "American Made."
SIDDHARTH KASHYAP (Composer and Music Producer – score and Indian songs) is a well-known rising talent in the Indian music scene. Born and raised in Ratlam, a small town in Madhya Pradesh, India, Kasyap was obsessed with music and poetry from childhood. At the age of 10, he started playing guitar and then gradually moved to keyboards, learning both Indian and Western music at the same time.
He graduated as a chemical engineer and draws his inspiration from his mentor and teacher, Shri Pyarelal Sharma, (of Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame) who motivated him to learn and pursue music professionally. Siddharth also got guidance and motivation from various celebrity music composers from Bollywood such as Shri Ravindra Jain, Shri Uttam Singh, Shri Anandji (of Kalyanji- Anandji fame)
Apart from music & background score for "When Harry Tries to Marry," he has also produced and composed for the musical "Bollywood on Ice."