|Hope and a Little Sugar|
|Directed by||Tanuja Chandra|
|Produced by||Scott Pardo and Glenn Russow|
|Written by||Tanuja Chandra and Glenn Russow|
|Music by||Wayne Sharpe (score) and Jasbir Jassi (lyrics)|
|Edited by||Hilary Peabody|
Hope and a Little Sugar is a 2006 Indian English-language film shot in New York City and directed by Tanuja Chandra. It premiered and won an award on 6 October 2006 at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York. In addition, it was the opening film in 2008 for the Opening Night Gala at BAFTA, sponsored by the London Asian Film Festival by Tongues on Fire.
Ali (Amit Sial) is a photographer and bike messenger who lives in New York. He develops a friendship and falls in love with a married woman, Saloni Oberoi (Mahima Chaudhry). When her husband, Harry Oberoi (Vikram Chatwal), is killed during the September 11 attacks, Harry's father, a retired Colonel (Anupam Kher), begins to take his aggressions out on Ali for being a Muslim. Although Mrs. Oberoi (Suhasini Mulay) tries to stop the Colonel's behavior, the situation escalates as the Colonel, himself, becomes the target of social post-9/11 aggression directed towards him because he is a Sikh.
The film was shot in 2004 but was delayed due to "an exhaustive post-production exchange" between director Chandra and independent American producers—Scott Pardo and Glenn Russow. This included pre and post-production that was entirely done via the internet. Pre-production took over two months where Chandra "finalised the cast, locations and even set design sitting in Mumbai." The entire cast and crew consisted of 25 people, and the film was shot entirely in New York over a period of 25 days.