Punching at the Sun (2006)
Punching at the Sun is a crackling, emotionally-charged dream ride through the streets of Elmhurst, Queens. It is a tale of rage and redemption as seen through the fiery eyes of Mameet Nayak: a headstrong Indian teen lost in the shadow of his brother's death.
"Sheds light on an American perspective rarely reflected on the screen and glistens with the freshness and vital energy of a new directorial voice."
-Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival
"Distinctive, original, and iconoclastic."
-John Anderson, Variety
"A poetic and moving tale that speaks to all layers of the South Asian diaspora with power and clarity."
-Lisa Tsering, India West
"Punching at the Sun rings true from the first frames."
"The best South Asian American film ever."
"It has a tenderness and intimacy that recall recent small-scale NYC triumphs like Our Song and Raising Victor Vargas."
-Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"The kind of film that might usher in a new cross-over of Indian filmmaking into the Hollywood mainstream."
-Johnathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Chopra heads an emerging wave of South Asian filmmakers moving beyond formulaic family melodramas and exotic cultural ethnographies."
-Oliver Wang, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival