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Sanjay Sharma’s Marginal Mediaworks Sets South Asian Rom-Com ‘Rearranged’ From Zarna Garg

Sanjay Sharma’s Marginal Mediaworks Sets South Asian Rom-Com ‘Rearranged’ From Zarna Garg

Sanjay Sharma’s Marginal Mediaworks Sets South Asian Rom-Com ‘Rearranged’ From Zarna Garg 1920 1080 chasej

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EXCLUSIVE: Marginal Mediaworks CEO and founder Sanjay Sharma is collaborating with Attic Light Films’ Milan Chakraborty (executive producer of the comedy Plus One) to produce the coming-of-age romantic comedy Rearranged from screenwriter Zarna Garg.

Garg’s screenplay for Rearranged was an Academy Nicholl Semi-Finalist and won the Best Comedy Prize at the Austin Film Festival, where she landed a first-look deal with AT&T’s Rooster Teeth. The script was optioned under a competitive process.

Rearranged follows a tenacious teen girl who was raised in the patriarchy of wealthy India in the 90s. She defies an arranged marriage and leaves her family and its fortunes behind, in pursuit of a life and love of her own in America. The script is loosely based on the real life of Garg, an immigrant who moved to America rather than be forced into an arranged marriage by her strict, self-made industrialist father in India. The real-life story is a happy ending with Garg connecting with an ambitious Indian college student named Shalabh Garg in the early days of AOL. Fast forward 22 years later and the two are still married and have three kids.

“This is an authentic, hilarious, and epic love story,” said Sharma. “Zarna’s real story and her script are a window into what South Asian folks call ‘love marriages’ as well as the unfiltered truth behind the ‘business’ of so-called arranged marriages. Zarna has a magical ability to mix familial pressure, emotional pain, and cathartic comedic release into a universally resonant love story. In a time when Hollywood storytelling continues to veer towards ‘the establishment,’ we are excited to share a story of brown love that breathes fresh life into the romantic comedy genre. Anyone who has stood up to a headstrong parent, or discovered the love of their life on the other end of the internet, can relate to Rearranged.”

“Sanjay and Milan‘s mission of bringing unique voices onto the screen is inspiring, courageous, and real,” said Garg, who will also serve as an Executive Producer. “Together, we make the ultimate dream team to bring this project to life. Not only do we share a cultural context, but we also know how to ensure the authenticity of the material for the Indian audience and the diaspora, and as importantly, how to translate that experience – the struggle of it and the comedy in it – to mainstream audiences in the US and globally.”

Launched in 2018, Marginal Mediaworks looks to build a slate of films, scripted and unscripted series and other forms of media and narratives from diverse storytellers. They premiered their first feature The Obituary of Tunde Johnson at the Toronto International Film Festival. Marginal has also set the horror Whitney with Tyler Perry at Paramount based on a treatment written by Sharma.

Garg currently works as a writer and stand-up comedian. She is headlining her first show, My American Dream at Caroline’s on Broadway in New York.

Originally posted on Deadline.com by Dino-Ray Ramos.

 

Carolines on Broadway

Comedian Zarna Garg debuts monthly show at Caroline’s on Broadway, “My American Dream.”

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She’s female, South Asian, and a mom of three. Zarna Garg is an award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian and is going against the odds as she challenges stereotypes as a fresh new face and voice on the comedy circuit. Her new monthly show at Caroline’s on Broadway called “My American Dream” debuted on February 19, 2020. The next show date is April 8, 2020.

Zarna’s debut show was sold out, with over 300 attendees. Zarna transformed Caroline’s into a festive Indian space with candles, garlands, and idols reminiscent of a wedding in Jaipur. Regina Decicco hosted, with guest spots by Mark Normand, Gibran Saleem, Alex Carabano, and Brian Scott McFadden. Zarna headlined. The audience responses were ecstatic. “She’s just hilarious,” raved one spectator. “I’ve never seen anything like this show.”

“Getting to perform at Caroline’s absolutely meant everything to me,” shares Zarna. “The team at Caroline’s understood my vision immediately and saw value in it. They understood that this modern immigrant perspective and this aspect of storytelling has not yet been explored in comedy, even though it affects a big demographic, especially in New York City. A club with the stature of Caroline’s has the potential to get my voice out onto the world stage and at the same time, they could reach another community through me.”

“My show highlights a true journey of how a person becomes American, and their hilarious attempts at integrating within the social structure,” adds Zarna.“I take everyday experiences that are relatable to millions of people and make light of them, from a perspective that is familiar to some and fresh to others.”

Zarna has produced and performed in multiple sold-out comedy shows in top comedy clubs across NYC including the groundbreaking HinJews shows. She has been hailed by CNBC as “the zany, outspoken voice of the Indian American woman.” Her comedy uniquely combines the immigrant and American experience. She is one of a handful of female Indian comedians, and possibly the only one who publicly takes on her mother-in-law. Zarna has received numerous community accolades for pioneering one-of-a-kind works as an Indian mom of three and former lawyer turned comedian.

Zarna’s comedy screenplay REARRANGED won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award (placing #1 out of 11,000 scripts) at the Austin Film Festival. It was also a 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Semi-Finalist. REARRANGED was recently optioned by Marginal Mediaworks under the aegis of CEO and founder Sanjay Sharma.

The next installment of “My American Dream” will be April 8, 2020 at Caroline’s on Broadway (1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.) For more information and tickets, click here.

Spy Mom

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In case you’re wondering what mom does when kids are in school 🕵️‍♂️ 🔍 .
#momofteens #parenting #spymom #womenincomedy #zarnagarg

Maybe I Can Do It

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I can’t stress this enough – if I can do it, anyone can – I am intimidated by the rules of grammar (never learned), just like you, I’m scared of public judgment, I was overwhelmed with the magnitude of the undertaking – but every step I took revealed the next step and things got clearer. This was at the Austin Film Festival before the winners were announced.
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I urge my friends to get involved! Tell your story – @austinfilmfest is accepting submissions now – what do you have to lose? Lets put so much amazing work out there that we become #undeniable
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#story #screenwriting #tellyourstory #womenincomedy #zarnagarg

Winning

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Of course I was gonna 💪🏼 Real pushy Indian aunty here 🙋🏽‍♀️

#screenwriting #standupcomedy #womenincomedy #screenwriter #romcom #zarnagarg

Modern Parents

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My pet parenting peeve – people who are ‘friends’ with their kids 🙄🙄😠 – let’s do fun things 🥴🤢 #NO

#parenting #indianparents #dontworrybehappy #dontworry #behappy #standupcomedy #desihumor #desicomedy #indian #standupcomedy #zarnagarg

Teen parenting

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Of course I’m washing the yogurt containers
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#boymom #teenparenting #teenboys #desimom #houserules #womenincomedy #zarnagarg

Baby Names

Baby Names 150 150 Kanika Chadda Gupta

So beautiful, so unusual 😍 .
#babyjokes #babyname #parenting #zarnagarg

Indian Giver

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It’s been hard living far away from family 😢😢 🙃😉

Blog post: Online Learning

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Once my interest was piqued, I went deep into the online world to look at who was writing movies, how they got started, where else could I learn screenwriting.

I’m a mom of three. There are so many restrictions on my time and energy that I am forced to look for efficient options. Also, I’ve just finished paying off my student loans from years of college and law school – the last thing I was willing to do was take on more education expenses.

But the world is different now. There are so many resources available online for a very low price. One of the first things I found and fell in love with was the MasterClass series. For $99 I could access all their lectures for a year! That worked for me because I am particularly slow and need to watch and re-watch something over and over again if I’m trying to learn from it.

Also, www.writeyourscreenplay.com offered the classes I loved online. Once I started looking, the options seemed endless.

I tore through all the movie and comedy related searches. There was something fun and interesting about each option and my excitement grew. Famous screenwriters, storytellers talked about doing what they did for their love for movies. Huh. That’s a thing?

I couldn’t believe that you could become a screenwriter just because you love doing it, there is no license required, no advanced degree, no technical qualification? So odd. Coming from a world of only knowing a few jobs, law, medicine, accounting, I figured that to do any job you need to check a million boxes – tests, scores, essays, letters of recommendations and more, here I was looking at a job that was available for someone who just wanted to do it because they liked to do it. That’s a thing?

I was so elated and felt so empowered. I decided I could do this and I was going to use every means available to maximum capacity.


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