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The Ode
File:The ode-film-poster.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byNilanjan Neil Lahiri
Produced byRatna Maity (producer)
Bharat Shah (exec. producer)
Screenplay byGhalib Shiraz Dhalla
Akshat Verma (writer)
Story byGhalib Shiraz Dhalla (novel)
StarringSachin Bhatt
Wilson Cruz
Sakina Jaffrey
Music byKarsh Kale
CinematographyBrandon Cox
Edited byNilanjan Neil Lahiri
Release date

The Ode is a 2008 film directed by Nilanjan Neil Lahiri[1] and starring Sachin Bhatt, Wilson Cruz and Sakina Jaffrey. The film is an adaptation of the novel, Ode to Lata[2][3] by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla.[4][5] The biopic was shot on location in Kenya and in Los Angeles and produced by Ratna Maity, with Bharat Shah as executive producer.

Ode to Lata[edit]

The film is an adaptation of the book Ode to Lata written by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla.[6][7] It was a critically acclaimed debut novel for the author published in 2002.[8] It provides an insight into an often maligned realm of LGBT life through its focus on racial diversity on the scene. Los Angeles Times Book Review called it "An achievement... This story resonates for any and all of us. A book of healing, of a soul coming to terms with itself and the body and mind it inhabits". A 10th anniversary edition was published in November 2012.


The storyline spans two generations of Indians. There is the doomed but passionate love story of Parin (Sakina Jaffrey) and Shiraz (Anil Kumar). This is intertwined with the life of their gay son Ali (Sachin Bhatt) who discovers that the past is always present no matter how far you run from it. Ali flees to Hollywood, away from his overprotective mother and the memories of his father's violent death.

A successful banker by day, at night Ali's life unravels in a blur of alcohol, drugs, and sex as he grapples with love, loss and ultimately, forgiveness. When his mother comes to Los Angeles to visit Ali in a last-ditch attempt to bring him back home and change his ways, the trapdoors of the past are flung open. Through Ali's struggle to break free and in his obsessive relationship with Richard (Diego Serrano), we glimpse into a troubled past he cannot escape and which threatens to destroy him unless he finds peace with his mother.



The Ode premiered at the Outfest Film Festival on July 17, 2008[1] to a sold-out audience. It was called "a beautiful portrait of the American experience for many first and second-generation Indian-Americans" (CineQueer, July 18, 2008). The UCLA Asia Institute praised it as a film that inspired "after-film contemplation" and boasting performances that are "noteworthy" (Asia Pacific Arts, August 8, 2008).


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