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Carolyn Talks 'India Sweets and Spices' with Actress Deepti Gupta

In my newest episode of Carolyn Talks..., I chat with cctress Deepti Gupta about her supporting role in India Sweets and Spices, premiering at the 2021 Tribeca Festival. Written and directed by Geeta Malik, the film uses humor to delve into the complexities of female personhood, and relationships. When UCLA student Alia (Sophia Ali) returns home for summer vacation, she's struck by the realization her parents, and the close nit Indian American community they belong to isn't as happy has she believed it to be.


Having spent months away at college, Alia has become disillusioned with the way the people she looked up to value their place amongst the most affluent in New Jersey. She sees the importance her parents Shelia (Manisha Koirala) and Ranjit (Adil Hussain) place on status, appearances and their wealth, is just a shallow façade, and when she happens to meet Bharavi Dupta (Deepti Gupta) and old acquaintance of Shelia, and learns secrets about her mother, Alia begins to understand there's more to the mother she thought she knew.


In our conversation, Deepti and I discuss the the ways Malik highlights how Women of Color - and immigrants - are forced to hide or forget parts of ourselves to conform to the edits of patriarchal and white supremist societies. To many, advocacy means taking part in large protests, and making loud declarations, but it's also giving someone the space and chance to finally speak their mind after years of being forced to stifle their thoughts and emotions, as Bharavi does for the mother and daughter. It's understanding that as immigrants making the choice between assimilation and integration is as difficult as the choice to move away from everything that we knew and loved in our place of birth.


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Carolyn Talks 'For Your Consideration' with Writer and Director Poppy Gordon

For a short film, For Your Consideration tackles many topics that have long been part of the regular discourse for people in marginalized community, but thanks to social media, become "trending topics" to those no part of those communities. To these people, things like racism, accessibility, women's right and the prison industrial complex are just things they can chat about at brunch.Written and directed by Poppy Gordon, the film with its dark humor, contrasted by bright colors and sunny L.A setting, shows the stunning lack of self-awareness a small group of privileged socialites display when they randomly decide to make a they're sure will be worthy of an Oscar. Only interested in getting recognition by the elites, they pick apart and cast aside what trending social justice cause is worth their time and attention. In our discussion for Carolyn Talks..., Poppy and I talk about the perceptions and misconceptions people have of the disenfranchised, and how social media plays a part in the discourse around advocacy, activism and the ways companies and people with power manipulate them to their advantage.For Your Consideration is now available in wide release on Omeleto and Vimeo.butDirector Poppy Gordon is NYC based and excels at visually driven narratives that combine bold cinematic style with pop influenced VFX. Poppy has directed work for brands such as NIKE, WAV, PayPal, Pond’s, TRESemmé, and many more. She is commercially represented by Hey Baby and also leads her own creative studio Feral. For Your Consideration was co-written by Poppy’s longtime collaborator Aldo Arias who is a New York City writer by way of Texas.