Ross Partridge is one of the stars of the new movie ‘The Playback Singer.’ It’s available to rent at www.theplaybacksinger.com Ross is a writer, producer, director and actor. We talked about all that and working on ‘Wedlock’ web series.
An aimless, would-be, jungle-gym architect finds his existence disrupted – and his marriage upended – when his prickly, Indian, B-movie playback singer father-in-law comes to visit and overstays his welcome.
Heard but rarely seen on screen, Ashok, who hasn’t seen his daughter in 16 years, wants to stay with the couple as he embarks on a singing tour of the United States. When it turns out the tour is a scam and that as an investor he has lost his money, Ashok, embarrassed by the event, is convinced to stay while his daughter, Priya, tries to recoup his investment and her relationship with her father. Ashok and Ray initially spend their days picking on each other, but eventually they bond over beers and their shared laid back attitude towards life. However, when Priya finds out she’s pregnant and Ray has a less than ideal reaction, Ashok realizes he needs to help Ray reflect on his life and turn things around so he can be the good father and husband Ashok never was.
The film marks the feature film directing debut for the Emmy nominee and TV veteran Suju Vijayan. An Indian American filmmaker, she has crafted a truly second generation Indian American film – one that looks less towards India than towards the experiences of Indian Americans as a part of the rich cultural tapestry of the United States.
The film stars Ross Partridge (Baghead, The Freebie), Navi Rawat (Numb3rs, The House of Sand and Fog, The O.C.), and Piyush Mishra (Maqbool, Gulaal) – one of India’s leading actor/singer/songwriters. Hailed as a “genius” by Rolling Stone magazine, Mishra makes his English language debut in THE PLAYBACK SINGER and wrote and performed the film’s decidedly non-Bollywood but Indian soundtrack.