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Time again for ‘Silent Dream'?

Lawrence Toppman
ltoppman@charlotteobserver.com
Lawrence Toppman
Lawrence Toppman is a theater critic and culture writer with The Charlotte Observer.

Some dreams flicker on against all odds, obstacles and naysayers. A Charlottean who goes by the single name Raju has nursed his cinematic vision over three decades and two continents, and he's not willing to let go.

This story starts in London in the late 1970s, where the young expatriate director from Asia shoots the English-language drama “Silent Dream.”

It's about a young man who lives with his sister and parents in a two-room home in Bombay, hears stories about the bounties of England from an unreliable friend and leaves India, only to find that people are hateful and immigrants' lives are harsh in London.

Raju shot in India and England but never found a distributor for his film, rated AA by the British Board of Film Censors (suitable for ages 14 and over).

The director moved to the Piedmont in the 1980s to work for Michael Diamond at Republic Textile Equipment – “a wonderful man,” he says – and later went into business on his own, opening an import-export firm in Charlotte and a now-defunct Indian restaurant in Shelby (bad timing, but good food). He has recently been driving for United Limousine, but the current furor over immigration makes him think his film can be timely: “If someone added a little fresh footage, they could have a whole new movie.”

He says he has a print of “Silent Dream” – the master is in England – and is willing to sell worldwide rights to a distributor. He awaits offers at 704-712-7103.

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