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Copyright © 2012 Lazer Film Productions & The Minor Prophets

The Ballad of Sandeep

When his IT job is outsourced to Bangalore, Indian-born Sandeep Majumdar finds himself unemployed for the first time in eighteen years. In an attempt to get his old job back, he sets up a remote access in his apartment, tricking his former company into believing that he is really working from India. His performance is so impressive that the boss of the company—the same man who fired him two months prior—requests an interview with Sandeep to discuss a big promotion.

Film notes

The Ballad of Sandeep is the culmination of working with many talented people I've known through my life. It marks the third film on which I've collaborated with The Minor Prophets, Philadelphia's premiere Comedy Troupe. Two of the prophets were childhood friends from my hometown in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Deep Roy and I have been friends since working together on Planet of the Apes in 2001. We later worked together on Big Fish, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Over the years Deep and I spoke many times of creating a film with him specifically in mind. The Minor Prophets took upon themselves the task of writing a script to suit Deep as a man rather than as a caricature of himself. When I read the script for The Ballad of Sandeep I knew it was time to make it happen. The story touches upon many truths about Deep. His career is filled with so many memorable characters, however from behind the makeup and costumes we never get to see him as a person. The story also touches upon the aftermath of difficult economic times in the United States. Many Americans have recently faced the harsh reality of having their jobs outsourced to countries such as India. The Prophets, having encountered this reality in their own jobs, turned this idea on its head. Filming took place in and around Philadelphia, PA in August of 2010. Having the opportunity to return to my hometown to direct Deep Roy in this film was quite an amazing and surreal experience. Once production and editing was complete, maestros Mike Higham and Andy Richard delivered a truly diverse and original score for the film. The odd mix of Henry Mancini, Ravi Shankar and Aaron Copland served as their inspiration. I had previously worked with Mike and Andy on Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For all of us this project was deeply personal. The Ballad of Sandeep has surpassed my wildest expectations, and I’m so happy to have a chance to show it to the world.

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Copyright

Copyright © 2012 Lazer Film Productions & The Minor Prophets

Awards and nominations

Best Short Comedy
27 Jul – 7 Aug | United States
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
Colorado Film Festival | 2011
18 Aug – 21 Aug | United States
Best Featurette
25 Aug – 27 Aug | United States
Finalist
16 Sep – 18 Sep | United States
NOMINATION
Best Short Film
1 Oct – 2 Oct | United States
Best Writing
18 Nov – 20 Nov | United States
Best Comedy Short Film
18 Nov – 20 Nov | United States
Best Director of a Short Film (Derek Frey)
Independent Film Quarterly Film and New Media Film Festival | 2011
17 Nov – 24 Nov | United States
Award of Merit - Leading Actor Deep Roy
Best Shorts Competition | 2012
10 Jan – 12 Jan | United States
Award of Excellence
Best Shorts Competition | 2012
10 Jan – 12 Jan | United States
Honorable Mention - Comedy Short Film
3 Mar – 4 Mar | United States
Best Short Film - Audience Award
Freestyle Life Film Competition | 2012
20 Jan – 31 Mar | United States
Best Actor - Deep Roy
Sunset Film Festival | 2012
12 May – 13 May | United States
NOMINATION
Best Comedy
9 Jul – 15 Jul | United States
NOMINATION
Best Short Film
9 Jul – 15 Jul | United States
Award of Excellence
International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality | 2012
30 Aug – 21 Sep | Indonesia
Best Script-writer
International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary | 2013
27 Nov – 29 Nov | Indonesia
Filmmaker of Inspiration
International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary | 2013
27 Nov – 29 Nov | Indonesia
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary | 2013
27 Nov – 29 Nov | Indonesia
Best Original Score
International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary | 2013
27 Nov – 29 Nov | Indonesia

Previous screenings

2011
Premiere - Trocadero Theater | 2011
15 Apr | Philadelphia, United States
27 Jul – 7 Aug | Deal, United States
Best Short Comedy
Colorado Film Festival | 2011
18 Aug – 21 Aug | Lakewood, United States
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
18 Aug – 21 Aug | Albuquerque, United States
25 Aug – 27 Aug | Las Vegas, United States
Best Featurette
1 Sep – 11 Sep | New York City, United States
8 Sep – 10 Sep | Atlanta, United States
16 Sep – 18 Sep | Boulder, United States
Finalist
1 Oct – 2 Oct | Santa Clara, United States
Rumschpringe Short Film Festival | 2011
9 Oct – 15 Oct | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
13 Oct – 16 Oct | Venice Beach, United States
Independent Film Quarterly Film and New Media Film Festival | 2011
17 Nov – 24 Nov | New York City, United States
Best Director of a Short Film (Derek Frey)
18 Nov – 20 Nov | United States
Best Comedy Short Film
Best Writing
2 Dec – 11 Dec | Anchorage, United States
2012
Best Shorts Competition | 2012
10 Jan – 12 Jan | La Jolla, California, United States
Award of Merit - Leading Actor Deep Roy
Award of Excellence
12 Jan – 16 Jan | Irvine, United States
Freestyle Life Film Competition | 2012
20 Jan – 31 Mar | New Canaan, United States
Best Short Film - Audience Award
Winter Film Awards | 2012
10 Feb – 12 Feb | New York City, United States
17 Feb – 19 Feb | Tampa Bay, United States
S.U.R.G.E Film Festival | 2012
21 Feb – 22 Feb | Austin, United States
2 Mar – 4 Mar | New Orleans, United States
3 Mar – 4 Mar | Los Angeles, United States
Honorable Mention - Comedy Short Film
Workers Unite Film Festival | 2012
4 May – 6 May | New York City, United States
Sunset Film Festival | 2012
12 May – 13 May | Glendale, California, United States
Best Actor - Deep Roy
24 May – 28 May | Mauna Lani Resort, United States
9 Jul – 15 Jul | New Hope, United States
2 Aug – 5 Aug | Orlando, United States
International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality | 2012
30 Aug – 21 Sep | Jakarta, Indonesia
Award of Excellence
Costa Rica International Film Festival | 2012
9 Nov – 12 Nov | Montezuma, Costa Rica
2013
International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary | 2013
27 Nov – 29 Nov | Jakarta, Indonesia
Filmmaker of Inspiration
Best Actor (Deep Roy)
Best Original Score
Best Script-writer

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Related news

The Ballad of Sandeep has received 2 new awards at Mockfest. | more...
11 December 2011
The Ballad of Sandeep has received a new award at Vegas Cinefest. | more...
2 September 2011
The Ballad of Sandeep has received a new award at Jersey Shore Film Festival. | more...
20 August 2011
Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 12 Sep 2012