“My life has been rife with challenges and misfortune, which created a passion to achieve the Happy Ever After that fairytales promise us all,” says Kumar. “I thought it was a finish line, a point in time you work to reach. But the lesson I want to share
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 12, 2015
Emerging filmmaker, Rakesh Kumar, announces the completion of the feature film, “After Ever After.” The film’s story centers on Nik Patel, a father and an internist, who struggles with the idea and false promise of Happy Ever After while his daughter lies dying of Leukemia, the same disease that claimed his wife several years before. It takes the intermittent memories of Patel’s patient- Donnie J, a long-forgotten Jazz legend suffering with Alzheimer’s to teach Nik that, while life is not a fairytale, we can all find our moments of everlasting joy.
“After Ever After” marks the industry debut of Kumar, who writes, directs and stars in the drama. His script is based on his own life, loss and struggles after losing multiple loved ones to cancer and Alzheimer’s in a condensed period of time. Kumar’s ambition to create the film centers on his life long quest to define the state of happiness.
“My life has been rife with challenges and misfortune, which created a passion to achieve the Happy Ever After that fairytales promise us all,” says Kumar. “I thought it was a finish line, a point in time you work to reach. But the lesson I want to share is that happily ever after is already there in each and every challenge life throws at you.”
Kumar has taken a unique and fascinating path to filmmaking. Born a sick and frail infant to young couple in East India, Kumar escaped poverty and caste violence at age 11 through a government scholarship to a prestigious boarding school. An achievement made possible by his grandfather’s tutelage. Kumar went on to further his academic career in America, first with a law degree, and then an MBA. Kumar credits his grandfather, who died from Alzheimer’s years later, with giving him the keys to success.
Filmmaking and entertainment were always Kumar’s first love, and he originally began his career in television with an opportunity to join the writing staff of “Vansh,” a TV drama produced by RK Films for India. It was the unfortunate loss of two family members to cancer that lead to him practicing law to support his family. Due to a personal aversion to life as a lawyer, Kumar switched gears again, earning his MBA from USC and working for Apple as Global Supply Manager. After a two-decade gap, he “quit his day job and jumped head first into filmmaking.
The film stars Kumar, Jax Franks, Rakesh Kumar, Dik Martin, M Jennings, Heather Gilliland, Tony Mirrcandani, Kathryn Howell and Robert Ernst and features an original sound track by Jerome Leroy. Romanus Wolter serves as producer.