(co-director: India) Release dateMay 17, 2014 (2014-05-17) (Cannes Film Festival) WriterSolila Parida, John Howbrook, Mark Ezra Stokes, James Kicklighter, Prasanna K. Pati (based on the short story by) DirectorsJames Kicklighter, Rajesh Rathi ScreenplayJames Kicklighter, Solila Parida, Mark Ezra Stokes, John Howbrook CastAlicia Minshew (Madeline), Val Lauren (Dr Kris Sharma), Gulshan Grover (Pradeep), Harsh Mayar (Nanu), Archana Gupta (Radha) Similar moviesGulshan Grover and Harsh Mayar appear in Desires of the Heart and I Am Kalam
2013 desires of the heart trailer
Desires of the Heart is a 2013 English independent film directed by James Kicklighter and co-directed in India with Rajesh Rathi. It stars Hollywood actors Val Lauren, Alicia Minshew alongside Bollywood actors Harsh Mayar and Gulshan Grover. The film began production in 2012 in Savannah, Georgia, United States. and was later shot in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.
Dr. Kris Sharma (Val Lauren) is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, Georgia when he meets Madeline (Alicia Minshew), a local artist with a mysterious past. While their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is summoned home by his brother (Gulshan Grover) to marry the woman (Priya Ahuja) chosen by his parents. But as he begins to make decisions about his future, he discovers centuries old secrets that may seal the fate of his destiny.
Val Lauren as Dr. Krishh
Alicia Minshew as Madeline
Harsh Mayar as Nanu
Gulshan Grover as Pradeep
Priya Ahuja as Lena
Ankit Bhardwaj as Gopal
Archana Gupta as Radha
Desires of the Heart premiered during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival on 17 May 2014 in the Marche' du Films. and was released in theaters across India on November 6, 2015 by Luminosity Pictures
The film received critically acclaim. Indyred.com gave the film 4.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Desires Of The Heart is a damn near perfect Indie production in my eyes. All the pieces are there, and puzzled together in an expert way". Film Threat gave 3.5 stars and wrote, "Sometimes Desires of the Heart feels like one of those films where its narrative ambition gets the better of it, but there are indeed moments of mastery to be found throughout. It’s a strong film, and I’d rather have a film take risks and not quite always work for me than simply play it safe and mediocre". Independent Critic gave it 2.5 stars out of 4 and wrote, "Desires of the Heart is a beautiful and involving film featuring two fine performances by its leads".
Awards and nominations
Best Foreign Film, LA Femme International Film Festival, California, 2013
Best Screenplay (Solila Parida), Hoboken International Film Festival, NY, 2014
Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Minshew), Hoboken International Film Festival, NY, 2014