To be fair, Danny Pudi could probably star in a Verizon commercial and still charm your pants off, if it came right down to it. I don’t mean that sexually — it’s just that he seems like the embodiment of all that is good and pure in this sick, sad world of ours. Not that he needs to bear the burden of my hopes and dreams, of course. I just want more Danny Pudi in my life, and his new film The Tiger Hunter looks like a dose of the good shit.
The Community star plays Sami Malek, a young Indian man who travels to 1970s America to become an engineer in order to live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter back home (hence the title). But the American dream isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and when Sami’s fancy job falls through, he resorts to an elaborate charade with the help of his new gang of oddball friends in hopes of wooing his childhood sweetheart. The film also stars Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Rizwan Manji (The Wolf of Wall Street), Karen David (Once Upon a Time), Sam Page (House of Cards), Iqbal Theba (Glee), and Kevin Pollak (who just makes everything better, really). Directed by Lena Khan, The Tiger Hunter has already done the festival circuit, and was picked up for North American distribution by Shout! Factory earlier this year.
The film will be released on September 22nd in New York, Los Angeles, and other select major markets. It looks like a lighthearted romantic comedy, which plays to Pudi’s fish-out-of-water strengths and comedic timing. And sadly, the timing couldn’t be better for an immigrant story to be released here in the states (comedy or otherwise). Here’s hoping people take notice when it hits theaters.