Sujata Day’s directorial debut opens with a scene most Indian American-families will find familiar: the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship.
When her estranged elder brother Sonny (Ritesh Rajan) returns home for the anniversary of their father’s death, old tensions resurface.
In the film, Monica and her mother, Jaya (Anna Khaja), enjoy an easygoing relationship, dancing around their garage together and chatting at midnight in their treehouse.
In the film, Sonny has bipolar disorder, which we see strains his relationship with family members, amplifying many deep-seated tensions.
“I feel like mental illness is so prevalent in so many families, and especially as South Asian Americans, we don’t talk about it enough,” she says.