What is the best way to respond to Islamophobia? The 23-year old American Muslim Lena Khan decided to react by directing a brilliant comedy: The Tiger Hunter. Khan started with the movie as soon as she heard of Trump’s travel ban for Muslim. Besides to entertain people, Khan wants to provide an insight to the people on Muslims. Back in 1970, the immigration of various populations to the USA was considered a positive phenomenon, while now it is a no-go. Khan’s script is based on stories about the ban of many immigrants with various backgrounds.
The majority of the cast are women and people of color. Diversity was and is key for the young female director. A comedy is, according to her, always the best way to respond to negativity. In any region, even in places where there is a lot of racial tension, people can appreciate a good comedy with a positive political statement.
The Indian Muslim Sami Malik -played by Danni Pudi- is the son of the world famous tiger hunter, but wants to follow a completely different path. He has the ambition to become an engineer, but didn’t see many opportunities in his motherland. Therefore, he decided to immigrate to Chicago. When he arrives, he faces a lot of comic situations, with misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart.
Director: Lena Khan
Writers: Sameer Asad Gardezi, Lena Khan
Stars: Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak
Running Time: 1h 34m
Genres: Comedy, Drama