On her wedding day, Anika thinks about the good and bad times she's been through with the love of her life, and he does seem to possess the qualities of a good husband... So why does it seem like she's not ready?
GENRE: Romantic / Drama
Written & Directed by ZAC CHIA
Produced by NICOLE CASTILLO
Produced by IVAN R SALINAS / ANA PODREZ / PAXTON EUBANKS / JANE CHOW / VISHAL MUNSIF
Director of Photography ANDY FRONCZAK
Production Designer YIMING ZHAO
Costume Designer LAURIE BADGER
Hair & Makeup by JESSICA LICATA
Editor YIXIA LI
Sound Designer KATE CHANG
Composer RENDRA ZAWAWI
Featuring MAYURI BHANDARI & NIRAV BHAKTA
Born and raised in Malaysia, where it's known to be the heart of Asia, because of it being a huge melting pot with various races, I grew up learning about a variety of cultures. This included the culture of arranged marriages in the Malay and Indian culture. As years went by, the practice of arranged marriages slowly decreased, and it eventually faded into the back of my mind... that's until I went to Chicago in during Halloween weekend to visit my girlfriend, who studies there. Her roommates are Indian, and it just so happened that Halloween weekend was also Diwali - the Indian festival of lights- weekend, and so we ended up celebrating Diwali instead. I met two of her roommates' friends (both Indian) who were dating, and it blew my mind when my girlfriend told me that they both had separate arranged marriages waiting for them back home, but were dating because they really loved each other a lot and truly wanted to be together. This instantly brought me back to when I was younger, and all the memories of attending weddings from arranged marriages flashed through my mind. And so I knew I had to tell this story.