17th Annual Filmi!
Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 17 Years!
December 2nd – December 3rd, 2016
7:30PM Shorts Programme
Daadi the Movie
Directed by David Andrew Stoler
Purva Bedi Bio:
Purva Bedi is an actress of film, television and theater and also a producer of independent film and not-for-profit theater.
As an actress, Purva is best known for her starring role in the cult classic,American Desi, for which she received an Ammy-Award nomination for Best Actress in a Feature Film. Purva’s other films include the award winning, Cosmopolitan, which was critically acclaimed at numerous film festivals and premiered on the PBS Independent Lens series. Purva’s other feature films include Green Card Fever, The Emperor’s Club, Wings of Hope, Ball & Chain,Love ‘N Dancing, Adjustment Bureau and Goat.
Purva has worked extensively in television drama and comedy. Her television guest and recurring appearances include Gossip Girl, Cashmere Mafia, House, Boston Legal, Alias, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Drew Carey Show, ER, Strong Medicine, and The West Wing.
In theatre, Purva is an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theatre and has acted in numerous roles regionally and in New York City. With Target Margin:Second Language, 10 Blocks on the Camino Real, Old Comedy From Aristophanes’ Frogs (Classic Stage Company), These Very Serious Jokes, Sonoma, 5 Hysterical Girls Theorem, Family Affair, The Seagull. Other theater includes: There or Here (Hypothetical Theatre), As You Like It (Colonial Theatre, RI), Frida Kahlo in Rise of Dorothy Hale (St Luke’s), My Wandering Boy (South Coast Rep), East is East (Manhattan Theatre Club & New Group), Kingdom of Lost Songs (Lincoln Center Dir. Lab), Rice Boy (Mark Taper),Merchant on Venice (Mark Taper, EWP, Cornerstone, Lark), Bad Women(Talking Band).
As a producer, Purva was Associate Producer and appeared in Kumare which premiered in March 2011 at SXSW and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. She is Producer on Sameer Butt’s feature Off Duty and Executive Produced the short film Kosu. Purva is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the not-for-profit New York-based South Asian theatre company Disha Theatre which was started in 2000.
Purva’s education and training includes Williams College, The British American Drama Academy in London, and The Public Theatre Shakespeare Lab in New York.
Purva lives in New York with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter David Andrew Stoler.