Film: Student Films

Production: 'Home Bound'

Sanjay Karnik (Supporting)

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Casting "Home Bound," a 15-20 minute student thesis film for Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. Synopsis: An Indian girl growing up in Los Angeles faces th...more

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Male, ages 38-50, South Asian, Middle Eastern

Role Description

Sanjay Karnik: (Supporting) has spent the last 20 years in the U.S., is originally from India. He moved with his wife, Priya to work in the US. His only daughter Sameera is born and brought up in Los Angeles, CA. Sanjay doesn't want to give up the values and culture that he was brought up with. He tries to pass it down to his one and only daughter. For Sanjay, the children growing up in the U.S. are losing their morals. He wants to make sure that Sameera does not become like them. If he senses that Sameera is not following their culture, he will try to bring her back on track. In order to keep his culture intact, he creates rules that Sameera must follow--morning prayers are compulsory. While Sanjay sees some things as a benefit, Sameera perceives them as overly conservative. Sanjay does not know about Sameera's double life and doesn't realize that his daughter is lying to him. Sameera makes some bad decisions and hides them from her parents because she believes that they will become angry and disown her. Sanjay, on the other hand, wants Sameera to be honest to him--he's like a rock on the outside, but he's softer than a marshmallow on the inside and will sacrifice anything for the happiness of his daughter, but he does not know how to show that to her. Instead his love feels restrictive to Sameera. While the story focuses on Sameera's decisions and her life, it also shows the conflict in parent/child relationships.