“WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY” is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a guy who tries to take the risk and the romance out of marriage by going on the ultimate blind date. In the process, he learns a lot about love.

The film starts Pace Freshman Rahul Rai (pictured) in the title role as Harry Shankar. Later this month, WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY will premiere at the 13th Annual London Asian Film Festival, where it has been nominated in the categories of “Best Crossover Film,” “Best New Talent” (Rahul Rai) and “Best Director” (Nayan Padrai).

Says Grant Kretchik, head of Pace’s BFA Acting Program who plays the role of Slick Rick and the Game Show Host in the movie, “Pace was wonderful about allowing the filmmakers to use the campus and classrooms for shooting. But in addition, our drama department got involved, and we ended up casting several other Pace students in supporting roles or as background actors.

“It’s not every day that a student of performing arts can walk onto campus and audition for a movie. Now, some of our students have a full-length feature film credit on their resumes before they’ve even graduated — I think that is extraordinary.”

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 Romantic Comedy Stars Rahul Rai, Freishia Bomanbehram and Stefanie Estes

NEW  YORK (March 2, 2011) – WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY, a new romantic comedy co-written and directed by Nayan Padrai, will open in selected movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles on April 22, 2011. The film was shot on location in lower Manhattan and Pace University in New York City and in India; it stars Rahul Rai, Freishia Bomanbehram and Stefanie Estes.  WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY will be distributed domestically by 108 Pics with booking through Alerion Services, and will widen its release to additional cities on May 6.

A festival favorite, WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY marks Nayan Padrai’s directorial debut.  It screened to audience acclaim at both the Mumbai & Austin Film Festivals in late 2010, and is an official selection at the London Asian Film Festival as a Closing Gala Screening on March 26, 2011. The original script was a featured project at the Sundance Institute Independent Producers’ Conference; a top-ten finalist of the Creative Screenwriting contest, a semi-finalist of the Writer’s Network (Fade-In) Contest, a member of the Winners’ Circle at the Texas Film Institute Screenplay Contest; a quarter-finalist at the Austin Film Festival; and a semi-finalist at the script Magazine, Radmin Company and Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Open-Door Contests.  It was also included in the High-Value category in the Empire Screenplay Contest.

WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a young  Indian-born bachelor who lives in New York City.  Harry’s handsome and charming, but he’s cynical about love.  He’s never really gotten over his parents’ divorce — they were a modern Indian couple who married for love and it didn’t last.  So to improve his odds of living “happily ever after,” Harry decides to have an arranged marriage, and asks his uncle back home in India to assist him in arranging the introduction to an appropriate Indian woman. To the dismay of his parents and friends, Harry finds the perfect girl and embarks on a long-distance courtship. But unexpectedly, Harry’s friendship with Theresa, a fun and sexy American student, becomes confusing, appealing — and maybe a little bit romantic. Once Harry, his friends and the entire wedding party converge in India, Harry’s plan to avoid romantic risk becomes a recipe for chaos. Can anyone protect themselves from a broken heart by leaving the passion out of marriage? And, when all is said and done, does Harry really want to?

The soundtrack of mainly original, new music from the US, UK, and India includes tracks from Sarah Sharp, Small*Star, Andrea Perry, The June Junes, Craig Marshall, Ter’ell Shahid, Rachel Loy, and from India’s superstar singers Shreya Goshal, Udit Narayan and Madhushree who are joined by Rishkesh Kamerkar.

Monte Ahuja & Raj Soinn Association with Ash Pamani, Present a 108 Production of a Nayan Padrai Film:  WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY.  The film stars Rahul Rai, Stefanie Estes, Freishia Bomanbehram, Tony Mirrcandani, Zenobia Shroff, Osvaldo Hernandez Chavez, Caitlin Gold, Grant Kretchik, Kanti Pandya, Micky Makhija, Lauren Loguidice and Jagdish Patel. The score and music are by Siddharth Kasyap, featuring music by Sarah Sharp. The costume designers are Ciera Wells and Laviena Narwani; the art direction (India) is by Haseena Shaikh, Riyaz Shaikh and Nimish Kotwal ; and the production designer is Jade Gloria Healy.  The editor is Jennifer Lilly and the cinematographer is Nick Taylor.  Co-Executive producers are Kumar Shivaram, Kanti Gala, Paul & Leslie Miller, Dr. Devendra Shrivastava and Dr. Leon Shein.  Co-producers are Bhushan Thakkar and Ralph Stein. Executive producers are Monte Ahuja, Raj Soin, Ash Pamani, Ashok Vasvani, Madhukar Bhakta and Bill Britt. The film is written by Ralph Stein & Nayan Padrai.  The producer is Ritu Ahuja.  “When Harry Tries to Marry” is produced by Sheetal Vyas and Nayan Padrai, and directed by Nayan Padrai.

Cinemavault is handling foreign sales worldwide.

About 108 Pics and 108 Production:

108 Pics is a new distribution entity and a sister company to 108 Production, which is based in US and India.  The film was produced by 108 Production, which develops original content across film and television, and produces advertising spots for brands and agencies.  The firms have aligned a group of creative professionals across the spectrum of entertainment and media who share a love of story-telling and creative endeavors.

About Alerion Services

Alerion Services is a distribution, management and logistics company assisting directors, producers and film companies to reach their target markets.  Alerion Services maintains a respected and stable relationship with film distributors, exhibition companies and service providers throughout the United States and Canada, opening a vast network of exhibition options to its clients.  Unlike any other distribution option currently available, Alerion Services regularly handles a variety of specialty films for Independent Art Houses, Bollywood, Regional Language films and Hollywood releases.  With over 50 years of combined film management, distribution and exhibition experience, Alerion’s unique approach creates a fully transparent environment enabling client participation.

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