Prashant Bhargava

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Prashant Bhargava
Born(1973-01-12)January 12, 1973
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 15, 2015(2015-05-15) (aged 42)
New York, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiac arrest
Occupation Director
Notable work Patang : The Kite

Prashant Bhargava (January 12, 1973 - May 15, 2015) was an Indian-American filmmaker and designer. [1] [2] He died of a heart attack from a history of heart trouble. [3] Bhargava's short film Sangam, described by Greg Tate of the Village Voice as "an elegant and poetic evocation of immigrant angst, memory and haunted spirituality", premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, [4] [5] and PBS. His other directorial efforts include the documentary portrait of his grandmother Ammaji, experimental Super 8 short Backwaters and the poignant and meditative Kashmir, an audiovisual performance with band Dawn of Midi [6]


Bhargava's feature length directorial debut, Patang : The Kite (2012) was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. [7] [8] The film was subsequently released in the U.S. and Canada, garnered much attention with rave reviews from the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. [8] [9]

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Bhargava was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, a graduate of Kenwood Academy. His interest in the arts began in his youth, when he was a graffiti artist. Bhargava studied computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at the Barrow Group and at the Actors Studio MFA program. [10]

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