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Directed by: Lena Khan 2016 | 94 min.

Section: Spotlight on India

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Film Website

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Comedy, Romance


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THE TIGER HUNTER is the story of Sami Malik (COMMUNITY’s Danny Pudi), a young Indian who travels to 1970s America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush Ruby (GALAVANT’s Karen David) and live up to the legacy of his father—a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami's job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he's far more successful than he truly is… or perhaps ever could be.

Directed by Lena Khan, and from the producers of HIFF 2015 hit MISS INDIA AMERICA, THE TIGER HUNTER is a an immigrant story of chasing the American dream with both humor and heart. Both Danny Pudi and Karen David are absolutely charming in their roles, and are supported by a stellar comedic cast that includes Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE), Rizwan Manji, Kevin Pollack and Parvesh Cheena, just to name a few.
-Anderson Le


Saturday, November 12 6:15 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Sunday, November 13 3:45 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Sunday, November 20 7:30 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Lena Khan
Producer Magha Kadakia, Lena Khan, Nazia Khan
Cast Karen David, Jon Heder, Rizwan Manji, Danny Pudi
Cinematographer Patrice Lucien Cochet
Writer Sameer Asad Gardezi, Lena Khan
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